God continues His mighty work in the little known place of Milo, Maine, where I was May 3-6 at the United Baptist Church. Isn’t that always the way Jesus works? He does so in the least expected places and times and often through the least and for the least. “Least” is certainly a way in which many, even among those who live in the area, would describe Milo and this area of Maine, which has been devastated by the increasing closure of the lumber mills. There is little to no industry in the area, which continues to become increasingly impoverished both materially and spiritually. Yet, God continues to raise up a church in Milo which is a light in the community.
Phil and Becky McGlauflin are true “Mainers,” but it has been their willingness to just stand and let Jesus work through the Word which is allowing Him an avenue through which to touch this community. I wish everyone could see the way in which Phil continues to be the pastor of the town, and is known by virtually everyone there. The consistency of the preaching and teaching of the Word is allowing Jesus to mold and shape hearts in the congregation, and the church is remarkable different to me than the first time I was there some 6 years ago. As I see it, this approach is Milo is what the kingdom is all about: people just available for Jesus to work through, focusing on the Word, living among the people, and laying their lives down for the sake of the kingdom. We had services Sunday morning and every evening, and I was able to teach my weekly online classes live from the McGlauflin’s guest room.
Eight days and thirteen sermons, in addition to five online classes, and hundreds of miles (or kilometers!) driven in a rental car. It was a happy reunion at home at Nashville International Airport after a 20-hour travel day. But our heart are full – full of love for the people of Maine and Nova Scotia, and full of joy for all Jesus continues to do in our lives as a family. What a journey it is with Him!