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            We wrapped up another District Conference, and it was wonderful to see all of the many friends within the district.  We had a lot of the same business where we approved reports from each entity involved within our district.  There was an attempt within our district to pass a business item or a query onto Annual Conference.  This query was asking the basic question; “whose responsibility is it to enforce Annual Conference policies?”  This query failed to pass the needed 2/3 majority of our district.  This query was supposed to address the ongoing strife that plagues our denomination, but unfortunately, again, the can will be kicked down the road.

          We still have two spots available for Jacksonville, Florida for the week of December 8-14, 2019.  We are going to be flying down to Jacksonville.  If anyone would like to go, please let me know ASAP.  We will be making flight arrangements very soon.  Also next year’s mission trip will be for December 13-19, 2020.  I had to move that week so we could take a full team to the job site.  I am not sure where that project will be yet. It may not be in North Carolina.  I will let you know as soon as I know.

          We will be having a new experience for Rally Day on October 13th.  Don Sunshine is an individual that has made it his ministry to show people how to evangelize in every day circumstances.  We will be starting the morning at 7:00 am if you are open to coming for breakfast, if not, please come by 7:45 for the start of the first session.  We also have revival the next week with Brother Harold Yeager.  I am sure that he will bring wonderful messages each night of revival.

          I am hoping that you see the importance of personal evangelism.  Too often, even when we have the opportunity, we fail to share our hope that we have in Jesus Christ.  Consider how many times you have actually shared your testimony with someone.  We live in a world where we are called to make a difference.  It is not just the duty of church leadership to share the gospel, but it is the duty of anyone that knows Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  We Brethren are supposed to believe in the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5), but we fail to recognize that.  We are not called to sit on the sidelines.  We all are familiar with the Great Commission.  Matthew 28:18-20 tells us, “Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  What part of “Go” don’t you understand?

In His Service,
Pastor Leon Davis