|LATEST WORD FROM SKID-ROW (It's another update)
||[Sep. 6th, 2004|10:21 am]
|||||How Great Thou Art (NitroPraise Dance remix)||]|
My sincerest apologies for having not updated in a while. Thank you to Dave (traveler) for bringing it to my attention. As per my last update, I have been extremely busy, lately.
First, As I said before, I have gone back to school part time. I already have a short paper due on Tuesday. It shouldn't take long to write (by hand, unfortunately), but I have to answer the prompt, "What one thing best describes you?". I have had a hard time narrowing it down.
Second, It appears that my housing situation may be coming to a good resolution, soon. There is an apartment about 5 blocks from school and easily accessible to this part of town coming available in the first week of October. Please keep me in prayer about it. I will have to get all the deposit and rent stuff together, stock the place and then, as soon as possible, rent a truck to get my things from Arizona to here. I may be a little busy that month, as well.
Third, regarding the "witnessing" I have been doing around here, it has been difficult getting the time to go down to the drop in centers and food lines, as of late, but I have been trying to at least spend at least an hour a day at those places. It is not always possible, though. A pastor at a somewhat local church has said that they may be able to help out with a case of bibles for the effort and seems interested in letting a willing member or two come down and help out. It sure would be a relief. "The harvest truly is plenteous but the laborers are few." (Matthew 9:37) The church is not as conservative as my convictions tend to run, but I really feel that they are much needed in filling a gap that exists. I have not yet found the church I can call "home", however. Please keep that in prayer. If the Lord would lead me to be involved with the previously mentioned church, then please pray that He would make it clear to me. I have much love in my heart for the saints in that congregation, so please do not read my hesitation as judgement.
This Sunday aftenoon, I went to Latin Gay/Alternative Pride in downtown Los Angeles. The people were well behaved and it had a definite family and community feel. I was disappointed, though, with the booths. Only one church had reserved a booth, and they had chosen not to be there. With all the spiritual options open to the queer community these days, it was sad to notice the lack of representation, there.
I would like to thank all of you who read my updates and are faithful in replying. It strengthens my heart. You have all been a wellspring of encouragement in the times when I am tired or frustrated. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you" (Phil. 1:3). I will try to be more diligent in updating with all of you.
When I get into my new apartment (God willing) I will be less able to update you regularly, as I will not yet have a computer. But I will take every opportunty to let you know how I am. Until then, I will keep you posted.
Please continue to pray for the people in this area that have been ministered to or that the Lord has in mind for the future. You have been so good about praying for them, and it joys me to know that you have kept them in mind.
Thank you for your much needed and desired prayers. I know that God loves to hear the prayers of His children and longs to provide the needs and desires they ask of him. Prayer is such a mighty weapon, my beloveds. Do not be weary in prayer, for the "effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16). As I have prayed for you daily to Him who sustains us all, then continue to pray to Him daily yourselves, for the increasing of your faith.
I love you all and look forward to your posts and to writing to you again.
Your Obedient Servant in Christ,