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Chapter 8. The Sandwich Board Church

January 20, 2010

The Sandwich Board Church

The trunk of the old blue Caprice opened wide as the keyboard slid in. A portable PA system, donated by a larger church, was placed in there as well. The back seat held the sandwich board signs with the church name and service times. These had to be set out and picked back up for every service.

The “bulletin board” was nicely arranged with PIM posters and announcements. It had to be taken in and placed on the folding table. Nothing could be mounted or permanently displayed in this shared building. It took about an hour to set up and still a good bit to take it all back down. Every night. Every service. On Sunday the deadline to be out of the building was 12 noon.

The young pastor’s wife fervently played the keyboard and led the singing. The young studious pastor took a position on the front row during the worship to be near his two small active sons and watch over them while his wife sang. Then on Sundays, after the Worship part of the service, she had to run to teach a Sunday School class and them get back in time to play for her husband’s altar call. It was hectic.

The cashiers at the Goodwill knew them by their first names. They often found family clothes at thrift stores that looked nice. Money is very tight. If they have a revival, they have to put much of the expense on their own credit card. It normally took several months to catch up after the revival. Actually by now, catching up seems like it would take a miracle.

The pastor and his wife express privately they are perplexed that the church has not grown more in the last 5 years. When they planted it, they knew the area was considered hard. They had put on their best smiles and went with a burden and tackled what seemed to some, an impossible task. This was a Muslim community. They said, the Gospel works everywhere.

They understood, if a man went fishing and he didn’t catch any fish, he wouldn’t say, I will never fish again. He understands, sometimes fish don’t bite. He might even decide to go fish in another pond and see if they are biting there.

He wasn’t feeling defeated, Frustrated? No doubt! Yet the Bible did remind us that one might plant, another water, but it’s God that gives the increase. He had planted.

The portable bulletin board was nicely arranged with PIM posters and announcements. It had to be taken in and placed on the folding table. Nothing could be mounted or permanently displayed. It always took about an hour to set everything up, and still a good bit of time to take it all back down. Every night. Every service.

1.  The folding tables

2.  The keyboard

3.  The keyboard’s stand and bench

4.  Amplifier and cords

5.  Recording equipment and accessories

6.  Overhead projector and transparencies

7.  The bulletin board with all of it’s information updated

8.  The offering envelopes

9.  The offering plates

10. The portable pulpit

11. The track rack

12. The electric drum set

13. The Portable PA system with stands for the speakers

14. Monitors near the pulpit and keyboard

15. Pastor’s sermon cd’s

16. Sandwich board signs on the nearby street corners

(And when they had rented the Elementary School Gym for Sunday Services, they had to put out folding chairs, and take them back up as well.)

But 5 years! That’s a lot of loading and unloading, putting up and taking down. They wonder if God has something else for them, or if this is all that their ministry can produce. He receives an invitation to pastor a nice church almost a thousand miles away. He accepts.

This too is Home Missions!

*The Church in Dearborn, MI finally has it’s own church building and continues to grow.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marisa Harztell permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:08 am

    This brought tears to my eyes and so much renewed memories:) It was a Life Changing experience to be able to see God Work First hand while planting a seed in a city..God Bless those sweet people who loved and supported us while we were there. Im so thankful to God what he has done in Dearborn with a small seed planted and now a growing beautiful Church!!

  2. Evangelist David Boyd permalink
    July 2, 2010 11:28 am

    I pray that God will Bless EVERY HM Family with a special blessing this week.

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