HOW TO CELEBRATE EASTER WHEN THE SANCTUARY DOORS ARE CLOSED

When I see this picture of Pete “hitchhiking” to the top of Mount Arbel in Israel, I’m reminded of the story of another hitchhiker.

He was a young man. The day after he graduated high school, he left his small town and family and headed to the big city where he got a job and enjoyed all the new freedom the big city offered.

Every so often, he’d hitchhike home, a walk of over 200 miles. It was a difficult journey. His feet would hurt and depending on the time of year, he would either be shivering in the cold or ready to pass out from the heat. On one of his trips he was offered a ride from an old man. He’d barely took his place in the car when the old man told him he was a preacher. If he thinks he’s going to convince me of anything, he’s a crazy fool, the young man said to himself. But the old preacher man shared many of the same verses that we share when we minister the Gospel with The Fellowship of Christian Farmers.

When the man quoted Romans 3:23, For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God, the young man agreed. “Ya, I know I’m a sinner.” But as the preacher continued, the young man grew more and more uncomfortable. “Sure, I know I’m going to hell,” he said. “Don’t waste your time on me. Just let me out of this car right now.”

Pulling over to the side of the road, the preacher did as asked. As he drove away, I can almost see him looking into his rearview mirror and waving to the long-haired hitchhiker standing alone on the side of the road. I can almost hear his whispered prayer. Get a grip on that boy, Father. One day may he repent of his sin and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be his Savior.

The young man often told the story of the crazy old preacher who had picked him up. In fact, it gave him and his friends many good laughs. What no one knew was that the old man’s words kept playing in his mind.

Over and over.

“For all have sinned…the wages of sin is death…the gift of God is eternal life…for by grace you have been saved through faith…the Lord laid your sin on Jesus…eternal life, a gift from God.”

About five years later the old preacher’s prayer was answered. The young man came to the end of himself, he repented and asked Jesus Christ into his heart.

Who was that old preacher? Only God knows.

Who was the young man? Let me show you his picture.

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You might ask what this story has to do with sanctuaries being closed on Easter Sunday.

Church doors in Punta Gorda, Florida

Good News!

The picture above is not a picture of the church. It’s a picture of a church building.

We are the Church.

When Pete sat down in that old preacher’s car, he sat down next to the church–next to the Lord’s sanctuary. First Corinthians 3:16-17 makes it clear:

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

When the church building’s doors are locked and its sanctuary is empty, the Church is still the Church. The Church still worships. The Church still goes about its mission to win souls and glorify Him.

The Church still celebrates Easter.

Likewise, those of us with The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, continue to minister. Despite the fact that, for a short time, our events have been cancelled, our mission to tell others about Jesus goes on. We might not be setting up tents, but we are sharing. We are handing out walking sticks to those who will stop and listen, even if it is from a safe distance. We are praying and planning for the day when the tents go up once again.

During this time, we continue to need your help. Thank you to those who so generously support the ministry. We are grateful.

Please join us along our road this month by:

1) Praying for the hundreds who recently received Christ as their Lord and Savior at one of the Fellowship of Christian Farmer events. Pray for their growth during this difficult time of locked church doors. Pray that the Church will reach out, encourage, and support them.

2) Pray that the Lord will continue to prepare us to be His sanctuary and for Pete and me to be alert and obedient to the Holy Spirit’s voice. May we grab hold of every opportunity He gives us to share the colored bead story in this time of quarantine when so many find themselves in despair.

3) If you are able, click on our giving page and pray about giving. Any gift, no matter the size will be appreciated during this time of need. All gifts are tax deductible.

We love you. Have a blessed Easter. And don’t forget YOU too are His Sanctuary!

Swamp Cabbage Days Yielded Amazing Harvest

The Fellowship of Christian Farmers gave out over 1100 walking sticks at the Swamp Cabbage Festival and close to 200 folks prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!

By the time the Swamp Cabbage Festival in La Belle Florida came to an end, we were exhausted. The bones in my feet throbbed as I dropped into the car next to Pete. My back seemed like it was on fire. I felt as if I could spend the next week sleeping. But as I looked back over the events of the last few days–the Gospel presented over 1100 times and almost 200 folks who prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior– none of that mattered.

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I knew only one thing. It was all a small price to pay for such an incredible harvest.

Kathy Brown and Pete reading instructions on how to set up our new tent. If we only knew then what God was going to do, we wouldn’t have needed jackets to keep us warm on a day with unseasonably cold winds.
Setting up for an event takes a lot of work. Pete and Bill Brown hanging one of the signs.

“How do you think it went?” I asked Pete as we drove home when the festival was finished.

Pete’s eyes filled with tears. “There’s just nothing better than this,” he said. “I still can’t believe God is using us to share the Gospel in this way. Lives are being changed for eternity. And God is allowing us to be part of it.”

For the rest of our drive we shared stories about the people we met, those we served alongside and those we witnessed to.

Sandy sharing the Gospel with some young women.

*Here are a few stories and photo memories

*Sandy prayed with a little 10 year old boy who had been abandoned by his atheist father, dropped off on the doorstep of his aunt’s home. It was easy to see the aunt and her husband had little money, but they knew Jesus and had brought the boy into their home and into their church. What a joy it was to pray with this little boy to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior and to assure him that he was loved by God and created for a wonderful purpose.

*A couple in their early sixties who had just lost their son to cancer. It was the second child they’d lost, the first at only three years of age. Grief rode on their shoulders and poured from their eyes. After praying to receive Christ, Kathy spoke with them. She too had lost a child and knew just the right words to say. They left with new hope in their hearts.

*Pete spoke with group of teenagers, three boys and one girl, who came to get free walking sticks. Three boys left with only a walking stick but, even though her friends declined to pray, the girl prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. It was an amazing act of courage for a teenager.

*A family–dad, mom, and daughter around ten years old prayed the salvation prayer together. After they prayed, the dad broke out in a huge smile, rested his hands on his chest and said, “I felt something warm in here. This is real.”

We believe it’s important to work together with local churches so new Christians have a place to grow. We are so grateful for the help Pastor Jorge (on left) from Life Ministries Church in La Belle gave us. He even came out to help us set up for the event.

The Swamp Cabbage Festival is La Belle’s biggest community event, drawing people from several states and even Canada.

Pastor Jeff from Grace Baptist Church showed up bright and early on Saturday. He shared the Gospel with countless folks during the day. It was a blessing to have local Pastors share alongside us. Only the Lord knows the impact they had and will continue to have in their community.

Pastor Jeff from Grace Baptist

This is what life-changing moments look like. Who knows, maybe one of these young people will go on to share the Gospel with thousands. As I look at the people in this picture, I’m reminded of this: “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.'”

Will you to partner with us? Your prayers are priceless. Check our schedule to see if we will be in your area. Stop by. We’d love to see you. And if God leads you to give, click on give. Your gifts are tax deductible and greatly needed for this ministry to continue.

We love you All.

THE PRICE OF A SOUL

Pete sharing the Gospel at the Manatee Festival in Crystal River, Florida. January 2020

What price do you place on a soul? Most important, what price does God place on a single soul?

The answer to that question flows through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus spoke of this very thing in Matthew 20:28 when he told his disciples that He didn’t come to to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Why would Jesus Christ become a lowly servant? Why would He willingly suffer public humiliation, beatings that tore His flesh to shreds, death on the cross, descend into hell, and rise again? Because of His great love for us.

Because the value of each soul cannot be measured, even in the purest gold.

Those of us who grew up attending Sunday school, church and summer Bible camp, those of us surrounded by Bibles and books filled with stories of missionaries reaching the unreached in faraway lands, often find it difficult to believe that the family living next door may be just as “unreached” as the family who lives in a faraway land.

Manatee Festival

But we meet them every week. According to Global Frontier Missions, the United States has the third largest number of unreached people groups in the world. In other words, the unreached are among us. They are our neighbors, our children’s teachers, our pet groomers, our beauticians, our auto mechanics. They are the soldiers we are sending off to war. They are the soldiers who may not come home.

Pete’s eyes filled with tears as he shared this story from two weeks ago:

“The whole family came to our tent–mom (already a believer), her young daughter and two sons. The 18 year old son told me he was getting ready to go into the Marines. He was so proud. When he told me he was going to be a foot soldier, I thought to myself this young man may loose his life for our country. Would he face eternity with Jesus or without Him? We talked a while and then I shared the Gospel. Praise God, he, as well as his younger brother, prayed to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. How can we put a price on this young man’s soul?”

This young man is just one of the reasons we want to thank our supporters, those who pray, give, and volunteer. You are the ones who make this ministry possible. The Gospel was shared over 1000 times at the 2-day Manatee Festival. Over 1000 walking sticks were given out, some to Christians who promised to use them to witness to family and friends, some to those who rejected the Gospel, some to folks who just wanted to “think” about God’s offer of salvation.

And over 16 walking sticks were given to folks who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The Fellowship of Christian Farmers’ Walking Stick with its simple message of salvation.

The total cost to be part of this 2-day festival was about $2400. At this time, we have 11 additional community festvals and events scheduled with more waiting to be added as we head north this summer.

Pete sharing the Gospel in Crystal River. Proof that we come expecting God to do great things can be seen in all the walking sticks in the milk can and in the tent, ready to give to each person who listens to the simple Gospel presentation.

We invite you to join us along the road. Here’s how:

1. Pray. Especially as we head into the south’s busy season and prepare to head north, we need your prayers for God to open the eyes and ears of those we meet. We also ask you to pray for our health and strength, that our RV and car would keep running without any major repairs, and that God will provide the needed funds.

2. If you are led to help with a tax-deductible gift, please click on the GIVE button at the top of this page.

3. Click on TRAVEL CALENDAR to see when we will be in your area. New events are added from week to week. If we’re in your area, please stop by. We’d love to see you.

4. Share this blog with friends.

5. Talk to your pastor about welcoming new believers to your church. We are always adding to our list of Bible preaching/teaching churches that we can refer new Christians to.

Thank you, Friends.

See You Along the Road,

Pete and Sandy Singer

But God

 Have you ever doubted your ability to be used by God?

Pete and I have. We’ve looked at others and thought they are better equipped to serve and share the Gospel than we. No doubt that’s true. That’s why it’s important to remember it’s not about our ability.

It’s about God’s.

But God. How many times have I sat down with my Bible, read those two words and known God was about to grab hold of the impossible and make it a reality?

That’s just what He did when He took hold of our plans to take a cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

Even before we booked our cruise, we knew what the real purpose was. The Lord had been speaking to our hearts, encouraging us to hold church services and Bible studies during the two weeks we’d be at sea. So, once our cruise was booked, with a very shaky voice, I made the necessary call.  “We’d like to hold church services during the cruise.” The silence on the other end of the line told me that the person I was speaking with didn’t quite know how to respond. “It would be great if you could place notices in the daily schedule, so passengers are aware of the opportunity.”

“How many services are we talking about?” The woman sounded more than a little reluctant.

“Three,” I said. “One each Sunday and then there’s Thanksgiving.”

Ridiculous. Impossible. The negative words shot through my mind, like torpedoes trying to sink God’s plans.

But God would not let me keep silent.

“And we would like to host Bible studies every day that the ship is at sea.” With each word, the request seemed increasingly impossible. “We’ll only need one small room for the Bible study and maybe one of your lounges for church services.” A few days later, the answer came.

“Yes.”

It wasn’t long before our good friends Dave and Wendy and Doug and Peggy offered to help with the services and Bible studies.God put together an amazing team. Doug helped with preaching, Peggy led worship, Dave and Wendy led prayer, took care of technical needs, helped organize and build bridges with passengers and crew. Pete and I led the Bible studies. And Pete shared messages at the church services.

The morning of our first church service I stood on our balcony looking out at the ocean, wondering if even one person would show up. The doubts were like the saltwater surrounding us. And I had to stop drinking its poison. My thoughts traveled to the meeting Jesus had with the woman at the well. Just one woman. Yes, Jesus showed up for only one. He offered her water (John 4:7-26), the same water that would be offered during the church services and Bible studies.

Living Water.                        

Despite our doubts, God made the impossible happen. From day one, attendance at the church services exceeded anything we had imagined. Doug’s message on Forgiveness struck many who were struggling to forgive. Thanksgiving testimonies touched hearts and minds, giving God all the glory. By the time of our final church service, attendance had outgrown the lounge and we were moved to the ship’s theatre where Pete presented the Gospel using the Fellowship of Christian Farmer beads. Several passengers came forward for prayer.

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We gave out over 200 bracelets. Many more were mailed after the cruise. From day one, the room set aside for Bible study was too small. A second room had to be added. Precious relationships were formed as we studied God’s Word and prayed for each other.

When the impossible is placed in God’s hands, He changes it into the possible.

And eternity is altered.

Again, this weekend on January 18th and 19th, we step into a But God opportunity at the Manatee Festival in Crystal River, Florida where we will hand out Fellowship of Christian Farmers walking sticks and share the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please pray for safety, health, and provision as we travel. Pray for those who stop by our tent that God will soften their hearts as they listen to the story of the beads. And pray that eternity will be altered for many.

But God.