It was a privilege and blessing for Carey and me to again be in Fallon, NV for over a week. The first part of the week, April 6 through 10 (Sunday through Thursday), we were a part of services at the Fallon Church of the Nazarene. These people are like family to us and the reception is always so warm and kind. Ongoing growth in relationship is the fruit of being able to visit twice per year as we become increasingly familiar with the people, the setting, and what the Lord is doing in this place. I have shared before how Fallon is one of those “front lines” of the kingdom of God here in this world. What was at one time a very traditional church is, in God’s timing and the power of the Holy Spirit, being transformed into a kind of “life-saving station” which is extremely unique. I have shared before how Out of Egypt food pantry provides high quality food (including fresh produce, meat, bread, canned goods, dry goods, and even dairy) to 350 families per week in their Thursday distribution line. The operation took a leap forward in the last several months as it moved to their new warehouse facility, purchased with a grant from the State of Nevada, which will allow the distribution to expand even further. One half of the warehouse contains the food and serves as the site of the food distribution line, while the other half serves as the drop-off location and storage for donations for their Out of Egypt Thrift and Gift store. The thrift store has thrived and continued to grow in volume over its existence the past year. The ministries are not only providing for the real physical needs of families around Churchill County and the surrounding areas, but are a beginning contact point for people to the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the most amazing features of the Thursday food distribution is the worship service that is held at the church after people sign in. Though they are not required at all to stay for the service, an average of 100 people stay for this service where the Word is preached weekly. This serves as a community church for many. It was my privilege to preach again this time at the Thursday morning service, that there is no place like it! Do you have a group that is interested in serving in a special location on a work and witness trip? I could think of no better place that Fallon, Nevada, where your group could be a part of helping and serving with Out of Egypt ministries, while being an hour away from Reno, Nevada and the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. Let us know if you are interested and we can put you in touch with Pastor Paul.
Carey and I owe our deepest thanks to Pastor Paul and Tammy Slaton for their always gracious care for us. It is a calling to have two extra guys stay in your home, and we so enjoy those extra times together. I appreciate Paul’s care and investment in my son, Carey. It means a lot to a young man to get to learn things like how to drive a forklift, and is says a lot when he is torn between going home to see mom and staying where he is. We are also grateful to our friend, Chaplain Captain Donny Crandell from the Reno Air National Guard Base who took time to show us around the base. It was incredible to get to see a C130 up close, and we so enjoyed the visit with Donny.
On Thursday evening, we moved over to have services April 10-13 (Thursday through Sunday) at the Stillwater Indian Church on the Paiute-Shoshone reservation just outside of Fallon. This was my second year to be in services at the church, and we found the same spiritual hunger and responsiveness among the people that greeted me last time. Jesus spoke powerful truth to us regarding idolatry from 1 Corinthians chapter 10, and the impact of it was tremendous. I am deeply moved by the spiritual openness and hunger of so many of the people in the church, many of whom came with their Bibles, took notes during the message, and testified. I am thankful to Pastor Tim and Sandra Plants and their graciousness in having us come. We are privileged to be a part of discipleship in an ongoing way with this congregation through video. They gather every Wednesday evening at the pastor’s home for a meal and to study the Word through these videos. The growth in so many of them has been remarkable, and it is a blessing to continue to walk with them.
Carey and I headed home to Tennessee after a full week in Fallon, but our hearts were also full. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for these people, for what You are doing there to expand your kingdom, and for the blessing of being a part of it.
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