From the Pastor
The number of people reported missing in Japan’s mountains reached a record high 2,713 people last year (that is 10% more than the previous year). A record high 320 of them died, but even for those who survived being lost in the mountains must have been a horrible experience. Some of them were injured or sick. Many of them did not have enough food and water. Most of them did not have shelter from the sun, from the cold, or from the rain. None of them knew for sure that they would survive.
The Bible tells us about another kind of being lost. So many people are traveling through life, but they do not know about the true God. They do not know where they came from, who they are, or where they are going. Some of them have sadness and pain in their life, but they don’t know where to find healing and hope. Many of them have hungry and thirsty souls, but they don’t know about Jesus who is the Bread of Life and the Living Water. All of them are surrounded by sin and the consequences of sin (even death), but they don’t know where to find shelter and peace. They do not know for sure if they will be able to enter heaven when they die.
God knows how weak and helpless we are, and He feels compassion for us. That is why He reveals His name to us in the Bible. That is why He sent His Son Jesus into the world. Listen to what this Son once said: “(I) have come to seek and to save the lost!” As a pastor, my greatest joy is being able to bring lost people to Jesus. Do you want to learn more about Jesus?
Pastor Brad Wordell