“An APOSTLE I KNEW”

This is a story I received via email today. It might inspire you as it did me…

“… and the least will be called great in the kingdom of heaven…”

“An APOSTLE I KNEW”
-by Grover.

[...] the Lord reminded me of a very special apostle that I spent time with early in my Christian walk. His name was Tacho. He was probably in his mid 50′s when Edith and I met him. He had been a laborer for most of his life, barely spoke English and was illiterate. He and his wife (Elfida) had been Catholic most of their lives, until meeting Jesus and being baptized in the Holy Spirit by a supernatural encounter. When Tacho was baptized in the Holy Spirit, he suddenly was able to read the Bible, both in English and in Spanish. We spent a lot of time with Tacho and Elfida, mostly in the ghettos of Mexico. I remember many times when Tacho stood up in the streets to preach the gospel, Elfida would fall to her knees and cry out to God, battling in the heavenlies, and the glory of God would fall on those filty streets. Demons screamed and left, people were healed and delivered, witches converted to Jesus, it was a glorious time. Edith and I learned through their example the role of husband and wife in a spiritual war that battled for the souls and hearts of men.

I never heard Tacho speak of anything except Jesus, even in conversations with others on the team. Jesus was his passion, his only vision, his entire life. Elfida was always right beside him, supporting, battling, praying for needs. What a powerful team that God had put together as a witness to His life and glory. These simple people had the most profound effect on our lives. They never elevated themselves in any manner, were always totally
humble and poured themselves out to the poor people that they were sent to. When they weren’t on the streets, they pastored some of the little churches that met in shacks and byways. They were always feeding the poor, taking clothing and necessities, even giving food and Christmas presents to sometimes thousands of children.

Edith and I didn’t speak much Spanish, but we always knew what was being preached (in Spanish) by the Spirit. Once Tacho told me that the Spirit had told him to blow on someone and they fell down in the Spirit. He was humbled and amazed that God would use him like that. He truly did what the Spirit told him.

Nobody ever told Tacho that he was an apostle. He only thought of himself as a humble servant of the wonderful God who had saved him and filled him with His Spirit. I believe he served faithfully until he died as an unknown soldier of the Lord. Tacho was the greatest example of an apostle that I have ever personally known, though we grew up with several others who had similar callings. Tacho was the one who was of the least value to the world, but of immense value to the kingdom of God. I have no idea how many souls were touched by the Lord through this precious saint. If I had asked him, I’m sure he would have had no idea that he had touched them. . . he only knew that the Lord had touched them.

I suspect that hundreds, perhaps thousands of folks had a personal encounter with Jesus as Tacho crossed their path. Jesus working in a simple, devoted, humble vessel that hardly was aware of anything other than his Lord. If I could send a message to Tacho in heaven, I would say, “Tacho, I want to be like you when I grow up!”

God bless you all, and God bless you, Tacho….

Temporary Set-Backs, they will come but…

by Philip Baker

Hebrews 3:14 says, We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

Our confidence In the LORD our GOD will carry us through the night until the dawn. The report of the LORD packs the promise of His power, His death, and His ressurection. It was for our benefit that He endured all of this on the cross.

How is it then, that many consider this act of love to be of non-affect? I am encouraged and thus encourage all believers to contend for the faith in a faithful GOD!!! It’s time to get our second wind in the battle for the manifestation of the promise before us!!!

Oh the blood that gives me strength, from day to day, It will never loose it’s power!!! Strength for faith, confidence, and belief. Faith says he can, Hope says he will therefore I will wait on HIM, but Trust says HE has before (proof that he can and will), so my expectation is fortified by my history with HIM. I set my face before the LORD in full confidence of the reward that is in HIM.

Hebrews 10:35,36 says, 35)Cast not away your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36) For, ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of GOD, ye might receive the promise.

Continue for the faith! Paul encourages us, thus I encourage you my brothers and sisters.

The blessing of your visit

Dear visitor or guest, brothers and sisters,

Our heart is that those visiting here would be blessed, encouraged in their daily lives and through their own personal struggles. That something in the music would speak the non-verbal cry of their heart, and soul and body.

We live in this world which more and more shows that it’s cracking at the seams, and more and more we learn to rely on the Lord for everything. We pray for you that you would find your Creator to be your Savior as well, and Father.

Remember that just one feeble gaze from our hungry hearts toward heaven, makes God’s heart beat for joy, as He is overcome with passion for us. Jesus knows the price and struggle, as well as the rewards of standing on the Scriptures and God’s promises when the enemy threw all he had at Him. So we too, can stand on God’s true Word, which is more than printed ink on paper, but the true breath of God speaking things into existence, all destined to bless us and meant for our victory and joy.

Be blessed, pilgrim whose steps brought you here today…

Andre Lefebvre
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