Monday, November 17, 2008

Another great night in Sarnia

Last night, my wife and I attended a fund-raising concert in Sarnia for The Voice of the Martyrs organized by our good friend, Peter Degraaf. This is the second such concert that Peter has organized in Sarnia at the Temple Baptist Church and just like last year's, it was well worth the 2.5 hour drive.

This year we were blessed by the music packages by the Salvation Army Jubilee Brass band, the Central Baptist Ladies Bell Choir and the St. Andrews Presbyterian Ladies Bell Choir, Sarnia’s Sursum Corda Men's Chorus, and a duo by Mrs. Donna Taylor and Mrs. Lora Stevens. I also spoke for a few minutes and shared about the work of The Voice of the Martyrs. Local pastors led in times of prayer for the persecuted.

We are so grateful for the willingness of these groups to donate their time and talents for this event. The organizers and the church donate their time and cover all of the expenses and so the entire free-will offering goes to the mission. This year, $4917.84 was raised for the work of The Voice of the Martyrs.

This event reminds me yet again of what someone with a vision and creativity can accomplish. We have never asked Peter to organize these events. He does it because he loves and is concerned for persecuted Christians around the world and God has given him a unique way of serving them. Peter has expressed a willingness to work with others in organizing such events who see this as a possible avenue of serving the persecuted in their community. You can contact him by clicking here.

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