Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Josh Waltman: an opportunity

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Let me tell yo a story that has really blessed my life.

Last spring I got an email and then a phone call from one of our partners at The Community Fellowship.  This guy asked me a question out of the blue.  I didn't expect the question, the opportunity or anything like it to come our direction.  He asked if we would like a summer ministry intern.

Of coarse I said that we'd love to talk about the opportunity.  We did.  Now we have come a long and blessed way since then.  A week or so later I met Josh Waltman for lunch with this friend.  We talked for about an hour, and it was a real blessing to all 3 of us.  We agreed to see what would happen as partner together.

I knew we didn't have the funds to support and intern, but here was a blessing in front of us that we just had to accept.  It began the 1st of June and ended this past Sunday.  What has happened in between has been incredible.

Josh is a burly dude from the country near Danville, Virginia.  He graduated last spring from Liberty University and is set to enter seminary this fall.  Josh is a thinker who was and has been excited to get his hands dirty learning in ministry and serving others.  I watched Josh interact with our leaders and with people we have served.  He connect with them in every thing from a simple ministry of helps all the way to talking about spiritual truth.  I listened to him teach and this last Sunday heard him preach.

What an awesome blessing Josh Waltman has been to our church family this summer.  We have grown.  He has grown.  All of us are strong for it.

Here is the deal.  How often are we scared by the opportunities that come our way?  Do we turn them down or not give them a second thought?  If I had not stepped forward, lots of blessings would have been missed by several people including me and the people I love.

Take the opportunities.  Bless people you come in contact with.  Build up the people God brings in front of you, and watch God do a work around you that might just change you life and the life of others.

I thank God for the opportunity to serve with Josh cause this man of God is changing lives by being true to the God He loves and serves.  I am proud of you, Josh!

But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.

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