Their first performance was in the Free Reformed Church of Chilliwack before a Òfull houseÓ on November 2, 1996. The purpose of this evening was to raise funds to support the Agua Prieta Mission in Mexico. This cause is well-known among our young people since a number of them spent a week there during the Christmas break under the leadership of Jodi Terpstra, a teacher at Timothy Christian School. The amount of $3,751 was raised for this mission cause that evening.
Their second performance was in the Free Reformed Church of Chilliwack again, where they have their weekly practices. On December 14th they gave a performance for the benefit of our local Pro-Life organization and raised the amount of $2,100. Their next benefit concert will be in May.
When one sees a group of dedicated and self-motivated young people work with enthusiasm and having a goal as they do, without adult leadership, one can only be thankful to the Lord and praise His great Name for the attitudes and motivation that we see here.
Their weekly practices are both personally and collectively spiritually upbuilding as well as bonding as a group. A prayer rises from the heart: May Thy Kingdom Come. Indeed, the LordÕs Word is true that He will continue His work from generation to generation, and this is seen among young people and older people in the church as well as in people outside the church on the mission field.
May the example these young people set be a motivating factor for many others, both young and old. Indeed, there is no greater joy than to serve the Lord and to be a means of making a difference in the lives of others, especially spiritually. The value of one soul is beyond price. This is so clearly seen in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rather than that man should perish, God so loved a fallen humanity that He sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). We rejoice that His Name is proclaimed, both in word and song in our communities, in our nation, and among the nations of the earth as the only Name given under heaven among men by which we must be saved.
The harvest is truly plentiful and the fields are ripe for harvest. Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out more labourers into the vineyard of this world. The glory of the King and His kingdom is also seen in the number of its members. We may also have the assurance that our labour in the Lord will not be in vain; therefore let us be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for God will give us the victory over the forces of Satan and sin through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57,58). Life is so short and thus the time we have to labour for the Lord is also brief. Let us therefore labour to our capacity and give ourselves for Him Who gave Himself for us, seeing before us an eternity of rest, peace and glory that is awaiting every sinner who repents and believes in the Savior--redeemed from sin, its power, and judgment, having peace with God and enjoying His presence forever.
What a difference there is for one soul, whether it is lost or saved! The price of one human soul is inestimable. May our prayers accompany our labour in the Lord and go with these young people, as well as all who do the LordÕs work both at home and abroad. Pray for our youth; encourage and support them in ways of serving Him by stirring up their gifts. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)