Cheney United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World

Pastor's Corner

  

     “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

 
Recently I was privileged to attend the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) 2017, it was fantastic. I would like to share from one of the “Grander Vision” stories. This story is about Dick and Terri Greenly who own their own business in Oklahoma. They own “Pumps of Oklahoma.”
 
Dick and Terri started their own business and had a small safe dream: to work hard, make some money and one day retire in modest comfort. They went to church regularly, read the scriptures and lived a good life. One day they were invited to go to the Global Leadership Summit, where they heard they could make an impact for the world. They thought, “that’s nice.” When it was over they went back to their comfort zone.
 
Sometime later, a young man came in to their shop in need of some help with a water pump. Dick recognized the young man, and said, “I haven’t seen you for a while. Where have you been?” He answered, “I’ve been church
planting in Indonesia. It’s really very fascinating.” Just to be polite Dick said, “It’s always sounded exciting to do a short-term mission and help somebody in need.”
 
Three months later Dick and Terri and this young man were on a plane to Indonesia. What most of the new church starts needed was a source of water. Water for the church, water for the village. Dick had been working with water pumps and irrigation for more than 20 years. He helped the locals dig a well, less than 70 feet down they found water. Next, he set up a solar panel to provide electricity to run the pump. There was such a feeling of joy when so many strangers came to shake his hand or hug him for making the water so abundant and free.

I don’t know all the details, it seems like Dick and Terri set up at least 5 water wells for 5 new church starts, each time was this flood of joy and people were so exuberant over the gift of abundant water. 
 
Now ten years later, because they slowly stepped into a Grander Vision of what God was calling them to do and be they are the founders of Water4.

Through the ministry of Water4 they have now helped em- power local leaders to build and maintain over 7,000 wells in areas that are desperate for clean water. It is estimated that over 1 million people have benefited from these wells.
 
They have traveled the world, they have spent some of their own money, and they have partnered with others. They have been thrilled and excited by where God has taken them and what they have seen and whom they have met. It has been amazing.
 
They still have their business, they have the same home, and attend the same church and can soon retire with the
same dream, but they are not the same. They will never be the same because God matched them with a dream they didn’t even know they had that blessed them far more abundantly than all that they could ask or want. They saw the glory of God and helped build His church. They have been truly blessed.
 
Have you ever offered yourself and your knowledge and skills and hobbies and all that you are to the Lord? He might have a blessing for you two blocks away. Or maybe a blessing in another state or a foreign country. Would you like to be blessed, but more importantly be a blessing to someone else? God has a grander vision for you.
 
The stakes are high.
It’s your life.
It’s following God—no 
matter the cost.
Will you opt—in to living your Grander 
Vision, or will you settle for something less?
 
Grace and peace be multiplied to you,
Doug Hasty