A RECENT E-MAIL FROM BRIAN AND MARY (8/5/99)
We wanted to share what appeared in the newspaper this Sunday. the neat thing wasn't that Brian's picture was there, but the fact that this was the very first Sunday newspaper for this company in the 162 years of publishing it.
It had nothing to do with this picture of course, but since there were many people to buy this very first edition, how fitting that people would be reminded of Jesus Christ, and this picture was taken by Scott Weisman who also gave his heart, soul and life to Jesus after taking the photo.
Please pray for Scott as he begins the growth-in-Christ process. Thank you Jesus, who will go to any length to save a life for your glory!!!
We love you Sweet Jesus!!!!
( 2 Timothy 1: 8 ) " Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of
UPDATE ON THE CHAMBERLIN FAMILY (8/10/99)
GLORY TO GOD!!
THE LORD IS GOOD IN EVERYTHING.
HIS WISDOM IS INFINITE.
NOTHING HE EVER DOES IS WITHOUT PURPOSE, AS OURS CAN BE.
HE ALWAYS HAS OUR BEST INTEREST AT HEART, AND IF WE WILL TRUST AND OBEY....THERE ARE TIMES, YES, WHEN OUR FLESH FEELS IT IS THE HARDEST THING TO DO........
ANYWAY, IF WE WILL TRUST AND OBEY HIM IN EVERY AREA, HE WILL DIRECT OUR PATHS.
WE MUST DO IT EVEN WHEN WE ARE NOT SURE OF THE OUTCOME. GOD KNOWS THE OUTCOME. IS HE NOT MORE CONCERNED THAN WE ABOUT HIS WILL FOR OUR LIVES?? CAN WE DO BETTER THAN HIM??
LOOK WHAT A MESS WE MADE OF OUR LIVES IN OUR OWN FLESH. BRIAN AND I WERE A MESS, AND ALTHOUGH NOT WHERE THE LORD WOULD HAVE US YET, HE IS IN CONTROL AND WORKING, AS WE YIELD TO HIM IN EVERY AREA. WE KNOW FIRST HAND WHAT IT TAKES TO MESS UP A LIFE. BUT GOD IN HIS MERCY, STILL DRAWS US, DOESN'T HE?
HE HAS TO HAVE MERCY, OTHERWISE HE WOULD HAVE DONE AWAY WITH US A LONG TIME AGO.
I KNOW, WE ARE RAMBLING ON BUT THERE'S JUST SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL FATHER, ABBA, ELOHIM, MASTER. HE IS SO VERY GOOD. WE PRAY THAT YOU SEE THAT EVER MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY. THAT HIS JOY WOULD BE WHAT YOU CHOOSE TODAY FOR YOUR OWN....YES, WE KNOW WE MUST "CHOOSE" JOY.
SO, NOW WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT WE'RE UP TO.
WE'VE BEEN IN NORTHERN INDIANA SINCE JULY 19TH. THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK THAT HAD TO BE DONE ON OUR CAMPER. WE DIDN'T REALLY LET EVERYONE KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEMS BECAUSE WE ARE SO THANKFUL TO HAVE A HOME TO LIVE IN, AND GOD IS AWESOME AND CAN HANDLE EVERYTING THAT COMES OUR WAY, AMEN!!
I'LL TELL YOU NOW BECAUSE GOD MUST GET THE GLORY. MAJOR FRAMEWORK WAS BROKEN IN THE CAMPER ESPECIALLY ON THE SLIDE OUT ROOM. SO, PRAISE GOD THAT WHILE MANY OF YOU WERE SITTING THERE FELLOWSHIPPING WITH US, THAT WE DIDN'T ALL FALL OUT OF THE THING. THE PEOPLE THAT DID THE WORK (SUBCONTRACTORS FOR THE FACTORY) TOLD US THAT IT WAS AMAZING THAT IT DIDN'T FALL OUT. THE CARPETING WAS TORN UP WHERE THE SLIDE WENT IN AND OUT.
THE ROOF LEAKED EVERYTIME IT RAINED IN SEVERAL PLACES, THE REAR AXEL WAS BENT AND MISSING A SPRING, SO THAT MADE THE REAR TIRE WEAR AFTER A SHORT TIME. TRIM WAS FALLING OFF THE WALLS, MANY INSIDE WALLS WERE MISSING NAIL TO HOLD THEM TO STUDS, THERE IS NO INSULATION SO HEATING AND COOLING IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. AND THE AWNING IS BENT IN THE MIDDLE AND TORN. NOW, THESE MAY NOT SEEM LIKE MAJOR THINGS TO SOME, BUT WE LIVE HERE AND THEY DO PRESENT PROBLEMS.
WELL, THE FACTORY WAS REALLY GOOD ABOUT PUTTING US UP IN A MOTEL. I SAID BEFORE THAT THAT WAS SUCH A BLESSING BECAUSE OF THE EXTREME HEAT (100'S THE WHOLE TWO WEEKS).
WE WERE TOLD THAT THEY WOULD PAY FOR MEALS, TOO, WHICH THEY DIDN'T, BUT, PRAISE GOD THEY PAID THE ROOM AND A SMALL MILEAGE FEE FOR COMING UP THERE.
WE ARE GRATEFUL, TOO, FOR THE SUBS THAT DID THE WORK THEY HELPED US ALL THEY COULD AND WERE VERY PROFESSIONAL. ONE KNEW THE LORD, THE OTHER HAS BEEN SEEDED REAL WELL.
ALL OF THE PROBLEMS WERE FIXED, PRAISE BE TO GOD, EXCEPT THE INSULATION, SO THE LORD WILL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING THERE. HALLELUJAH, FOR THE GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE.
SO, WE WENT TO CHURCH IN GOSHEN AT THE CHURCH OF GOD THERE. FRANK KING INVITED US THERE. WE MET HIM AT MARDI GRAS. HE'S ALSO AN EVANGELIST AND HE AND HIS WIFE LOVE THE LORD.
THE PASTOR INVITED US TO PARK BEHIND THE CHURCH WHILE WE WERE THERE, WHICH WE DID ONCE WE GOT IT BACK. WE STAYED UNTIL LAST FRIDAY WHEN WE KNEW THE LORD WAS CALLING US OUT. I SHARED ABOUT CARRYING THE CROSS THERE IN GOSHEN. THAT WAS A GLORIOUS DAY.
WE WERE STILL UNSURE ABOUT WHERE THE LORD WANTED US TO GO, SO WE JUST PACKED EVERYTHING UP, AND AS WE WERE LEAVING, A COUPLE FROM THE CHURCH CAME AND BLESSED US WITH SNACKS AND $20. PRAISE GOD FOR THEM. THEY WERE A BLESSING THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE AS WELL WITH FOOD AND ENCOURAGMENT. SO WE HEADED WEST, THINKING THAT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO HEAD TOWARD COLORADO.
WE TRAVELED FOR THE NEXT 3 DAYS AND STOPPED TO WASH SOME CLOTHES. WE SPENT SUNDAY IN PRAYER AND HAD STREET CHURCH IN A VACANT LOT IN NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA. WHEN WE LOADED UP TO GO FURTHER, WE REASONED THAT WE WEREN'T TO GO TO STURGIS, SD FOR THE RALLY WEEK. WE DIDN'T HAVE A PLACE TO PARK, FACILITIES, MONEY, OR ANYTHING ELS, BUT WE DID HAVE AN INVITATION.
WE TRAVELED TOWARD THE INTERSTATE TO HEAD TO COLORADO, AND THE LORD TOLD BRIAN VERY CLEARLY "NO". BRIAN SAID THAT A WISE MAN (PASTOR LARRY) ONCE TOLD HIM THAT SOMETIMES THE LORD'S ANSWER WILL BE NO.
IT WAS THIS TIME, SO WE GOT ON THE INTERSTATE TOWARD STURGIS, SOUTH DAKOTA.
HE HAD MET ANOTHER CROSS CARRIER IN NEW YORK THAT TOLD HIM ABOUT THE MINISTRY HERE. SO WE ARRIVED HERE LAST NIGHT (MON. THE 9TH) THE FIRST NIGHT OF THIS RALLY. I'VE NEVER SEEN SO MANY BIKES IN ALL MY LIFE. THERE WILL BE BETWEEN 250-350,000 HERE THIS WEEK.
IT ENDS THE 15TH. MANY OF THE HELLS ANGELS AND OUTLAWS ARE HERE AND ALL THE OTHER WICKEDNESS THAT ABOUNDS. PEOPLE ARE OUT HERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING. ANYWAY, WE LOCATED BOB, THE CROSS CARRIER. HE DID GIVE US DIRECTIONS.
WE WERE UNSURE UNTIL 3 HOURS AFTER WE GOT HERE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS ROOM FOR US. BUT THE MAN, RAY AND HIS WIFE, ARE BLESSED CHILDREN OF GOD AND JUST WANT TO MINISTER.
THEY LET US PARK IN THEIR BACK YARD. AND THEY ALSO ALLOWED US TO USE ELECTRIC AND WATER. WE HAVE AN UNSPOKEN PRAYER NEED CONCERNING SEPTIC THAT WE'LL LEAVE IN THE LORD'S HANDS. THEN, THE MINSTERS FROM "HIS LABORING FEW" INVITED US TO EAT WITH THEM EVERYDAY FOR BREAKFAST AND DINNER. I CAN'T EVEN WRITE THAT WITHOUT TEARS. GOD YOU ARE SO GOOD. EVEN OUR MOST BASIC NEEDS, YOU MEET.
BRIAN CARRIED THE CROSS AS SOON AS WE GOT SET UP. WHAT A SIGHT YOU CAN IMAGINE.....A MAN WITH A WHITE ROBE IN THE MIDST OF A SEA OF BLACK LEATHER. THE CROSS STANDS TALL AND IS SEEN ALL OVER. HALLELUJAH FOR THIS VISUAL AID. YET IT'S MEANING......CHRIST'S DEATH FOR US ALL.
WE HAVE CHURCH SERVICES EVERY EVENING AT 7 AND MORNING WORSHIP.
THIS MORNING, 50 MEMEBERS FROM THE BONDSLAVES OF CHRIST CAME FOR BREAKFAST AND WORSHIP. IT WAS A POWERFUL TIME OF SHARING. THERE WERE ALSO MEMBERS OF THE "TRIBE OF JUDAH", CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLE MINISTERIES FROM CANADA, WI, MN, FL, NC, PA, AND OTHERS I DON'T REMEMBER, ALSO BIKERS FOR CHRIST, AND OTHERS. THE TENT WAS FILLED TO OVERFLOWING.
YES, PASTOR LARRY, THE TENT FLAPS WERE OPEN AND PEOPLE CAME IN OFF THE STREET UNSAVED, TOO. THIS IS GOD'S WILL. WE HAD AN AWESOME TIME IN PRAISE, WORSHIP, TEACHING, PREACHING, AND PRAYER AND EDIFICATION.
WE GAINED MANY NEW BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE LORD, INCLUDING A MAN THAT WAS 80 YEARS OLD AND JUST GAVE HIS HEART TO JESUS. HE HAD BEEN GOING TO CHURCH FOR 40 YEARS AND HAD NEVR, NEVER, NEVER HEARD ABOUT SALVATION???? THERE'S ALOT OF THAT, MORE THAN WE KNOW. PEOPLE MUST KNOW ABOUT HELL AND HEAVEN, SALVATION AND MOST IMPORTANT THAT JESUS LOVES THEM SO MUCH TO DIE FOR US ALL.
SO, THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF OUR JOURNEY HERE. WE WILL STAY THE WHOLE TIME, UNLESS THE LORD TELLS US OTHERWISE. ALL OF THE BIKERS LEFT TODAY WITH TRACTS, BIBLES, AND THE WORD OF GOD UNDER THEIR BELTS. BRIAN WILL BE OUT EVERYDAY WITH THE CROSS AND BOB WILL ALSO. BOB GOES IN HIS STREET CLOTHES. IT'S GREAT TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT AS COMMISSIONED, TWO BY TWO.
THANK YOU JESUS FOR MAKING A WAY WHEN THERE SEEMED TO BE NO WAY. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE MINISTERS HERE AND MAY THE SEED PLANTING, WATERING, AND HARVEST BE ABUNDANT. LORD GOD, WE PRAY FOR PROTECTION FOR TH LABORERS IN THE FIELD. THAT YOUR MIGHTY HAND WOULD BE ON THEM, THAT THEY WOULD SPEAK THE TRUTH 'IN LOVE.' THAT YOU WOULD DRAW PEOPLE TO YOU AS WATER DRAWS THIRST. WE LOVE YOU LORD JESUS. AND PRAY ALL THIS IN YOUR NAME. AMEN.
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS. WE WILL UPDATE YOU AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU, TOO.
LOVE YOU ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST,
BRIAN & MARY
( 2 Timothy 1: 8 ) " Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our LORD."