This is an update from Chuck Huckaby.
“I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” (John 4, v 38 NIV)
On Saturday we did a house blessing. A man going through a divorce had been referred by his cousin and his daughter texted me to set it up a few days before.
We went trusting the Lord to do something great and we were not disappointed!
Our hearts went out to the people and they were responsive as we blessed the home and declared the power of Jesus Christ for them and over their home.
They were all baptized believers in background, but have been having some issues.
The father has a step son in the military and in a local mental treatment facility. He mentioned visiting him and I offered to visit and pray with the young man and we set up a time.
Today we went to the mental facility. The young man wanted God's help but was not able to explain the Gospel well so we covered that from “Creation to Christ” and what it meant to follow Christ (7 general commands of Christ).
I asked him if he wanted to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? If so I asked him to say that to the Lord in prayer.
He prayed a heartfelt and beautiful and unprompted prayer!
The father and I prayed for him in Christ's Name and especially for him to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and be healed of any weakness or infirmity.
I talked to him about spiritual battles ahead and told him the story of the Prodigal Son.
He told the story back to us and we talked about how this story was told originally to show how The Father receives and rejoices those who repent and return to the Lord!
I told him when doubt comes to remind himself “You are this son – you have the Father's robe, ring, and rejoicing now that you have repented.”
I'll be following up with him/them on the commands of Christ and basic “identity in Christ” material which I will teach to the father and son for them to teach other.
I have to work fast with the son – he may leave the area as soon as July 13.
May the Lord continue and prosper what was started!
If you're wondering why the particular verse from John was chosen this family knew and felt loved by a faithful Christian man in our church who was especially kind to the young man now in treatment. When I learned that, I told them God had simply sent us to continue the mission this man had started.