Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law?
- Galatians 4:21 -
Dear Via Family,
We arrived safely home last night from Austria and Albania. The trip was very fruitful. We cried; we prayed; we ate (a lot); we preached and testified; we learned history and perspectives; we visited homes of church leaders as well as Muslim refugees; we sang; we walked (a ton); we slept (way too little); and we laughed until our sides hurt.
We brought greetings from you to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We encouraged them and deepened our friendships. We spoke of things that God is doing among us at Via and they marveled.
My faith in the work of God among His people all over the world has swelled once again. Via plays a very small part of God’s work - but we play a massively important role. Do not underestimate the power of God’s work in and through us - it is easy to do since we are so familiar with it.
While I was gone, I spent much time studying and praying in order to preach the next portion of Galatians to you this Sunday as we worship. Some of it was written in a smokey outdoor cafe and some was written at 37,000 feet - let’s see how this works for us! Seriously, I felt God meet me in these places through His Scriptures.
Pictures Below: (top) Tirana, the capital of Albania alive at night, (lower left) Rick preaching in the main service for Gospel of Christ Church, (lower right) Pastor Akil Pano and his wife, Lindita.
If you read Galatians 4:21-31 before your worship this Sunday, you will be way ahead of the game and the text will have more impact on you. I cannot wait to share the truth of this text and its possible applications to us. Every Sunday is a good Sunday to bring a friend, but this week would be great! Don’t hesitate - just ask them! Then join them for a meal afterwards.
Trunk or Treat
I cannot wait to attend our annual Trunk or Treat this year. We love our community and each year we get to put that love on display with this event. We open our campus up to our community by giving out candy from the decorated trunks of our cars, sharing a meal and snacks together, and playing games. This is a fun event on our campus with many opportunities to serve. You can give to this event by donating candy. Please drop bags of candy into the buckets marked in the lobby of the auditorium.
Saturday, October 28 | 6 - 8pm | Via Church
Thank you for your prayers for us while we traveled and ministered–we could sense them and it means a great deal to us.
I love you!
It’s all about Jesus,