Special Thanksgiving

Greetings Saints in His Perfect Peace,

 

 Well Thanksgiving has come and gone. With us it was a wonderful two days. So lets me start with Thanksgiving.

Mom had gone over to Wichita on Wed. night to cook and make ready for Thursday’s crowd. Yes we were packed. Football was played off and on both days in the parking lot.

It basically was just catch but it was my children and the poor. All had fun.

You see at Messiah’s Branch it was more like a family gets together rather than us as an agency just feeding them. Our place is so very small that there is barley room to move down the main aisle when people are sitting in the chairs. We do have forty chairs but the room in between is well no room. But I will not murmur this is the place the Lord has placed us in and what I can afford if no donations came. Meaning rent $450 I think it is a month. The bills are another story.

Yes I would love to have a place with double the room. In fact as I have been checking this year the people outside would be under 100 for an overflow. If I had a bigger place I would simply just let them stay. More on that latter, back to Thanksgiving.

While waiting on the meal I went and got a couple of chess/checker sets for the people to play, as they were not interested in the football game. Much visiting and there was a blessed spiritual feeling that remain with everyone for the two days.

The meal was wonderful, as mom had outdid her self of course. Grandma was there and that added to everyone’s enjoyment. Mom made a bunch of wonderful pies also. The turkey was two kinds she just mixed together smoked and baked. Grandma outdid her self with two kinds of dressing. I liked the cornbread the best.

It is so amazing how we jam pack people in together bumping each other and still they get along. Let me tell you these same people for the most part do not get along that well in other places and in the street.

At 6 PM we waited on the channel 3 report they filmed on Tuesday. They had followed me around with a camera for about two hours. I thought they would do a major hatchet job on it but it came out wonderful. I recorded it at home on the dvr I think it is called. At the first of the news they called me a Samaritan. The report told of how a blessed family had came for 7 years to care for these people. In fact it was my words mixed with the newscasters. For just being a few minutes long let me tell you it showed and told much of what we do on a regular basis. I am praying for a way to copy it and have it converted to place on the net. I know they sell at wal-mart a VHS-DVD recorder that would copy it to DVD but $200 is way out of our reach. In fact Thanksgiving drained us and many of the bills are in.

Thursday night came and I had told some of the guys if they needed to stay over they could. You see we all stayed the night in order to save gas as we were going to have to be open also on Friday.

Now many had already left when the picture was taken at the top. Some came back later but it ended up being fewer than 20 that stayed the night with my 17-year-old son Daniel and I. I rented some movies for them to watch and mom left us some Turkey before she left for sandwiches. She and my other children went to my sisters to stay the night in BEDS! I slept on a small couch. My son slept on the floor as other did or slept in the chairs, which I do not know which were harder. And we did not even have enough blankets to lay of the dirty floor. You see the carpet is worn out and threads hanging out so bad it is beyond cleaning. Fat chance the Landlord would buy a new one. We also need to repaint inside but again no funds for that. Lord willing maybe we could buy a building one of these days?

Everyone was well behaved and at least half had colds and coughed most of the night. Many of these will not get well until summer time. I gave out cold medications and pain stuff. That helped. But again I now need more supplies.

We had a great night and the next day they were changed people. Others came in when we opened the door for Friday and it was like the guys were inviting people into their own homes. One night inside and being treated as human and well family they were different people. This is what the agencies miss. They treat people as clients and if they treated them with more love and respect they would change easier and would be more likely to be able to gain jobs and other things they need to get out of the street. They do not wish to be where they are!

 

I also got a chances to pray for people and they got a chance to see what it means to be real called out people, a chance to see that Messiah’s people are really not the same as the world that we are a set a part people. Most people just do not get it, being saved is a life of sacrifice for others. We are to be a Blessings to the world as we are not of this world but the next!

Friday was a blessed day also. It was more or less a repeat of Thursday. When the people left they were like brand new people. Truly the Lord blessed us ALL. I could not have asked for a better Thanksgiving. The Holy Spirit was just so there both days!

All of you that helped in any way I pray the Lord blesses you greatly because YOU made a difference in people lives. People that cannot ever repay you. Matthew 6:19 19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Yes Thanksgiving drained us and we are back to praying in bill money. This is a great need and I ask all to please pray about supporting this as our mail in donations have dropped because of the Holidays. In fact there is no money for the newsletter that is supposed to print and mail this next week.

As I was asked by someone to check into how much it would cost to rent a building and pay bills for it for an overflow I am running into the problem that people want a year’s lease. So saints lift this up in prayer for us. I need to make a special trip to Wichita just to look for a building but right now I just have the gas for Tuesday.

You can use the Florence address to mail in a donation; pay-pal gets it to us immediately.

Yes I know it was a bummer I had to re-run a program I pray that problem gets cured. May ……., 

 

The LORD  bless thee and keep thee;
The LORD make His face shine upon thee,
and be gracious unto thee;
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee,
and give thee shalom. (peace)
Bemidbar (Numbers)  6:24-26

In Yeshua’s Name,

Bro. Dan, Pastor of Messiah’s Branch

http://messiahsbranch.org/

Mark 12:41

41And Yeshua sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

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