Shout-out today to the wonderful folks over at the Riverview church in Moncton, New Brunswick. This small group is eclectic in race, ethnicity and background, but they are one in Jesus! Tony and LaBeth Brewer are working with the church in this beautiful spot. and this church is blessed in a big way to have them there. We got to hear one of the good brethren there deliver a great message about wisdom. Then Tony taught us about the way that Jesus is here with us today and about the dangers of removing bits of scripture from their original context. He gave us a good lesson on how to exegete a text and then, in the afternoon Bible class, we were fed from Exodus 3 and warned about the excuses Moses made before God at the burning bush. It was a rich and blessed way to start the week.
And about feeding…I guess it was the fifth Sunday fellowship meal, but it was a culinary potpourri that we will not forget. Steak and veggies on rice with a Cameroon kick that had us all going back for seconds, a shoulder roast that had been preacher-smoked (Glenn Colley-southern style, only Tony Brewer has got this thing down!), Canadian chili, several different yummy cabbage slaws, a pasta salad and ginger punch and more, more, more! We were fed—the Word and the pig, the hospitality and the hugs. It was a wonderful part of my family that I was so happy to get to meet and know.
And, there were diggers there! In fact, they are over there having a Digging Deep class even as I write. I am humbled and amazed at the way the Digging Deep group gives us so very much in common even after we have the most important thing in common. It was the best kind of conversation, discussing the aspects of comfort that we share in Him. Assembling is truly one of the very best parts of God’s designs for the kingdom.
Speaking of assembling, these folks had almost every single one of their members from Sunday back on Wednesday. That’s a feat. They are bursting out of their little building and two more Christian families are on the way over from other continents to immediately place their membership here! This group is also busy planning for and intentionally working for their upcoming Friends and Family Day near the end of June. They have got to get into a bigger facility. Praise God! If you’re one of those people who has recently contacted Glenn or me looking for a place to safely put your congregation’s foreign mission money, here you go! Message me and I can help you! (It would be so fun to take a group of folks up there to help them build that building!)
Also, I love it when I hear “Our firm plan is to be self-sufficient in a short period of time. We want to invest our own money and not have a pipeline to the U.S.” That’s the loud and clear message from this church. especially its preacher. This family is living sacrificially for the end=game of self-sufficiency.
Sisters at Moncton, here’s that recipe you were wanting for the blueberry cobbler we brought over from the island. Don’t make it too often, or you will have to put some first-class seating in that auditorium!
2 cans of crescent rolls (unbaked)
2 cups of blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
Unroll one package of crescent rolls and line the bottom of a greased 9 X13 casserole dish. Mix the blueberries with the granulated sugar and layer this mixture on top of the crescent rolls. Mix the powdered sugar with the cream cheese using a mixer. Then spread this mixture on top of the berries, Then unroll the other package of crescent rolls and place on top of all. Cut up one stick of butter and place butter slices all over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or till brown on top. Then dig deep into this dessert. It is a real comfort food. =)
P.S. We traveled back over on Wednesday night for a Bible study together. They invited us for seafood at their favorite local eatery. Our schedule for the day was inflexible, so we couldn’t make it for supper. (We had to eat in the car.) The kindness of Christians anywhere on the planet is not surprising. But it is very comforting.