Last Thursday I returned from an amazing journey of ministry to Africa, India, and Sri Lanka. Dr. Neil Chadwick and I traveled thousands of miles by plane, train, bus, and taxi to minister to over 620 pastors. This was definitely the most difficult and arduous journey I have ever attempted! India was especially challenging as the temperature rose to 104 with high humidity (we ministered all day without a/c). There were days when the trips were so long that we just barely arrived in time to begin the evening sessions. Along with the teachings, I preached twice (once in Rwanda, Africa and then in Hyderabad, India). Throughout these two and half weeks I kept thinking about the wonderful people of Highway and the many prayers offered up to the Father for me. I could feel the power of these prayers, especially when I got a severe cold and struggled with it for four days. As I reached out to the pastors, I saw myself as a hand extended and God’s people as the arm holding the hand. Thank you again for your love and support! Over and over, the Lord brought this verse to my remembrance as I was about to teach or preach: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13). No matter what the Lord calls us to do, He wants us to see our need for the Holy Spirit. Our prayers and steps of obedience open the doors of heaven for us to receive the enabling power of the Spirit…in order for us to accomplish what we could never do in our own limited strength. May the same Holy Spirit guide and empower us into a future of fruitfulness and effectiveness here in our churches in Philadelphia!
Pastor Mark Boucher