Published On: Sun, Aug 14th, 2016

Ministry Update: Uplook Ministries, (July, 2016)


Dear friends and faithful prayer partners,

Job was called on to “Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14). Solomon wrote: “As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything” (Eccl 11:5). These were the wonderful works of the first creation. But our Lord came to reveal the works of God in the new creation (see Jn 9:3), and the startled visitors to Jerusalem said that Pentecost morning: “we hear them speaking…the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:11).

We all, if we keep our spiritual eyes and ears open, can see and hear God’s wonderful works every day. He works constantly, carefully, ceaselessly. And the psalmist knew if he could see God’s works, it meant that the Lord Himself couldn’t be far away! “Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near” (Ps 75:1). That’s the thrill of it—to share with people the care of God in meeting our needs in such a particular way that we know that He knows all about us.

Take a recent incident as an example. The little town of Crawford, 30 minutes southeast of us, has been building a small picnic pavilion for families to gather there. When I first heard of the idea, I said I would help all I could; anything that encourages family togetherness in these communities is very welcome. So over the last year we’ve been able to supply drywall, electrical supplies and paint. But when I returned from a week’s trip to Pennsylvania a few weeks ago, I received a call telling me that the opening was to be the next evening, and I was gently reminded that I had offered to pray for a fridge and stove for the kitchen. I was totally unprepared.

But God was near and, in a heartfelt prayer heavenward, I told the Lord I would use any money He sent me that day for a fridge and stove. When it comes to large appliances, I don’t like used, and had already priced new ones. On sale, a decent stove was $450-500 and a fridge about $700.

In the mail came two checks totaling $700. To be honest, I thought the Lord had come up short. But while I was waiting to pick up my wife, I was working on the crossword in our paper. Right beside it was an ad: “Brand new frost-free Frigidare fridge, $385.” I called the lady. She told me her husband sold trailer homes and sometimes the buyers already had appliances. I could buy it for the credit he gave his customers. So off we went to pick it up.

As we loaded up the nice shiny black fridge on the trailer, I said to the man, “Too bad you didn’t have a matching stove.” He did have a stove, he suddenly recalled. Over in his shed. Still in the box. I could have it for $300. Let’s see: 385 + 300 = 685. And fifteen bucks for gas. What a God!

At least that was the impression when I told the town gathered for the dedication. And what I told the Lord when they asked me to give thanks for the food and the evening. And of course it was the perfect time to also thank Him for His greatest gift—eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

By the way, the mayor has suggested I might be interested in having “revival services” there this fall! He had asked the other churches in the area but no one was interested. It would be the ideal place for proclaiming the glorious gospel to this very needy community. Please intercede for this door to be clearly opened to us. “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you” (2 Thess 3:1).

Jabe,  (for the saints here)

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