Wednesday, 15 June 2016

OK, what's Next?

The reason for the title is that I have a few things to catch up with in my posting, and I had to pause to remember which one was next.
 
This was our latest fundraiser, An Evening of Fun and Entertainment. It was at the Chateau Louis Hotel Conference Centre. This time I wanted to help raise funds not only for my own ministry, but for that of Amy Croy, my close associate and Youth Associate for Alberta.
 
I must admit it was a challenge. I am not a great organizer, and often leave things until closer to the last minute than I should. My friend Steve does business with the hotel and so was able to get us a reasonable rate for dinner. The food and service, by the way, are first rate. We had about 80 seats sold, about half the number we had last time we did this, a year and a half ago. However, two tables that were sold neglected to show up, so we had way fewer attendees than we had hoped.
 
All that aside, the evening went very well and all those we talked to enjoyed it very much. Planning leading up to the evening was extremely hectic and worrysome. One by one our potential musical entertainment acts fell through. It was not until the very last week that a couple of acts, "fell into my lap," so to speak, and I'm convinced it was through much prayer that they did so. We also had stand-up comedian and local pastor, Dan Taylor. Although he had said he would be glad to help us weeks ago, apparently all my emails to him were sent to his spam folder, so as many times as I tried to contact him, I was never hearing back, and that got me worried as well. Finally, again in the final week, I was able to contact him and he confirmed he would be there.
 
So, things worked out from that perspective. I'm convinced, and this was my constant prayer during all the uncertainty in the days and weeks leading up to the event, that God will not allow Himself to be embarrassed publicly, as was my fear when things didn't seem to be coming together. I prayed that He would somehow redeem whatever mistakes I had made in planning the fundraiser and that through it all, His name would be glorified. In the end, I believe it was only through His grace that things worked out as well as they did.
 
Receipts were not nearly what they were a year and a half ago, but the evening was a success from an entertainment point of view, and more importantly, I'm trusting that a number of hearts were touched through our Alpha presentations. I also showed Episode 1 of the new Alpha Film Series, which turned out to be quite a hit.
 
Thanks be to God for rescuing me from my own mistakes and shortcomings and making this event the success it was.
 
Blessings,
 
John

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