Pentecost, Feast of Harvests Celebration, Portland, Oregon, USA
May 29, 2017, Monday ~In the morning, I finished packing and loading the car, then drove to the Portland Metro Cascades Station to meet Don Ayers and give him the State of Massachusetts Worship Scepter.
Then to the airport to pick up Constance J. Thew at 12:30 PM who was flying in from Colville, Washington to join in the celebration of Pentecost. Tim and Carla Cameron were hosting the event at the Vineyard Fellowship in Portland, Oregon. Carla invited me to be one of the guest speakers with my topic being, Joan of Arc, to set up the Communion Table, Light the Menorah, Sound the Shofar, Dance with Flags and to lead the processional and to assist her when she requested. Constance, one of God's faithful and trustworthy, and I have worked together in ministry before and it is true comfort that she is here to assist as well.
We drove to Hillsboro, Oregon and went to a fabric store to purchases some things for a garment that Constance was making for Carla. After shopping, we found a lovely park to stroll through as the flowers are beginning their season of blossoming. Then to a local cafe for beverages and an appetizer. Constance and I have been dear friends for 16 years and it is always a joy to see her, be with her and minister with her. She is the kind of person that regardless of her personal circumstances always gives praise to God. We departed the restaurant to arrive at Tim and Carla's about 7:30 PM. Leah also arrived at 7:30 PM.
The evening plans changed multiple times because others coming from out of state did not arrive and other things not quite prepared. However, the time together was enjoyable. Leah offered me the guest room in her home and Constance stayed with Tim and Carla. As always, the blessings of the LORD were upon us.
May 30, 2017, Tuesday – Pentecost Eve…I met Constance and Carla about 10:00 AM. We continued to prepare things for the event later that evening. A group lunch was scheduled at Sweet Tomatoes to include those arriving from out of state. Following a lovely meal, we departed about 2:30 PM to go shopping for the food for the Experiential Communion table, then I went over to Leah's to spend a bit of time in prayer and preparation for the evening. Unexpectedly, Carla called and needed me to drive her to the church and pick up others along the way.
As, I was scheduled to speak at 9:00 PM but was not invited to speak until about 11:00 PM, so I condensed my 30 minute message to 5 minutes so that there would be a small window of time to minister to people. I let everyone know the teaching notes would be posted on the ministry website as time was truly limited.
The gathering began with about 30 individuals and had dwindled to about 10 at this late hour including the worship team and those along me that were asked to serve in some capacity. The style of ministry that GOD has called me to is more about walking alongside or among God's people. The stage has never been my dream.
After taking down the communion table, loading my vehicle, I was prepared to leave around midnight. Then Carla volunteered me to drive others home, so I moved everything (worship instruments, communion table supplies) from my vehicle to Leah's vehicle to accommodate more travelers. I arrived at Leah's at 2:30 AM....sleep came easy.
May 31, 2017, Wednesday – Pentecost – After reloading my vehicle, I met Constance and Carla in the morning for a light breakfast at a local coffee bar and then I began the drive home over the mountain to Central Oregon.
As always, when I am sent to serve, God graciously provides strength, courage and tenacity. Often, HE sends me for a divine connection with one person as HE did this time. God is always sovereign, no matter what.
HGRM was blessed with anointing oil bottles, olive oil, a blue and white worship fan, ties and keys for worship instruments, and essential oils. The faithfulness of ELOHIM never ceases to amaze me.
All for the Glory of YESHUA! Our Risen Priest, King and Savior!