What a great group from Adena Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio, led by Cardio-thoracic surgeon, Dr. Jack Baker, MD. Besides Jack, wife, Linda and daughter Alex, other team members were registered nurses Cindy Fannin and Rebecca Shoemaker and patient care associate secretary, Diane Hughes, also from Adena. Connie Walsh, a medical administrative secretary and son, Kyle, who is a student and niece, Taylor Kenney, an administrator and Walter and Marcy Labocki of W & M Home Builders from Columbus.
This group came to finance and build our 73rd church in a pueblo where we had never visited, but had received such good reports from our pastor in nearby Santa Rosa, about the pastor there, Rolando Linary Moreno and wife, Hilda, that we agreed to build him a church in his pueblo of Timicurillo, where he has been ministering for the past several months. He is the first pastor this pueblo has ever had in its 76+ year history! Now they have a church and it will change many things for them, including the culture of their pueblo! “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Ps. 122:1 KJV
Everyone on this team worked on the church except Marcy Labocki and she spent her time on the boat with me, sharing and ministering with each other about the things we have seen our God do! I’ve had several injections in my knee and the church was too far for me to navigate. But, we were having church right on the boat! As we shared our memories about all the wonderful times we had at the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, Int. back in the 1970’s, God just brought it all back alive and the fragrance was still just as sweet! We knew many of the same people and it was just a time of Heaven on Earth.
It was a very meaningful week for me as we also held a seminar for the women of the pueblo on Tuesday and Wednesday. I used my picture cards to tell the gospel from Creation to Heaven and seven women answered the altar call, receiving J’shua as their Lord and Savior! We had a wonderful time.
On Wednesday, Marcy preached and gave them information on what exactly happened when they made Jesus Lord and what is now available to them through His name! What a great time we had with those women! We gave each of them a full bible and some tracts to study and our prayers are with them that they will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and be ready to meet Him when He comes or calls! I know that I know the Tuesday Morning Bible Study at Free Chapel was interceding for us that morning as we felt led to make a special call for their prayers. It’s a girl thing-Southern women love the Lord and each other!
Meanwhile, the team was working away on building the church. When they saw the church structure the first day in the pueblo, they didn’t know if they would get it finished, but Jack knew they would! He has done the impossible before, with the Lord’s help!
We saw everyone who was sick and there were many with pinkeye and we gave them the antibiotics that they needed.
In the afternoons, Alex led the VBS for the kids and they followed her around everywhere she went.
Jack, Linda and Alex are old friends and have been here several times. Much good work was done for the Kingdom again this visit and eight people on his team came as strangers and left as family!
Cindy lives in Wellston, just maybe 3 miles from my old home place in Glenroy and has even attended the church right across the road from the house where I grew up. I went to Sunday School and church in that very same building as a child! God was good to bring me some people from home!
When the church was built and dedicated and the keys given to the pastor, everyone in the pueblo came to the boat to receive their bags of food provided by Jack’s family.
We thank Free Chapel for the monthly support that helps keep the Chosen Vessel II on the river rendering medical treatment, telling the gospel of Christ Jesus to the lost and taking food to the hungry. Because of you, “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light is sprung up.” Mt. 4:16 KJV
These people are glad to have the Lord’s house in which to worship Him now, due to those who heard His call to “Go” and “Give.” Even in this time of financial chaos in the States, there are those who will hear that still, small voice and will obey it! I am reminded of Isaac, who sowed in the land (in the time of famine). See the results:
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.” Gen. 26:12 KJV
Hours Navigated: 17
Miles Navigated: 100
Churches Built: 73rd
Families Served: 32
Food Given: 0.5 tons -28 Tons since April
“He is no fool to give that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose“ Martyred Missionary to Ecuador, Jim Elliot