Hello my Friend,
I pray that you are growing in Christ everyday in preparation for His soon return. I received that amazing story and wanted to share this with you as it certainly is a testament to things to things that do not come from our mouth, but rather in what we do for others are watching us. So then, what we do, is therefore a witness to others.
This true story just happened at the end of March.
Don Folkenberg is one of the site coordinators for ShareHim campaigns. Recently, he was overseeing Fountainview Academy seniors while on their ShareHim class mission trip to Sabah. He had to leave early, unexpectedly, when one of his in-laws died.
The airlines bumped him to first class. He was on a trans-Pacific flight on a 747. He pulled out Fountainview’s new Steps to Christ in song music DVD set to watch/listen while traveling. Unbeknownst to him, the flight attendants in his cabin began congregating around his seat to watch the scenes on the screen. Finally, one tapped him on the shoulder to ask if he could please let them hear the music, since they could only see the screen. Steps to Christ in Song was filmed outdoors in national parks in California and Utah. The settings are spectacular, with singers and orchestra situated on rocky outcroppings, beaches, and mountain hillsides.
Soon, other first class passengers found out something interesting was going on around Don’s seat. They got up to look, too. The flight attendants said, Go back to your seats. No crowding. The passengers said, Hey, you’re crowding. We want to see this, too. We’re not going back to our seats!
They were so interested that they requested that the DVD series (6 and a half hours) be added to the movie selection list for their cabin. That was done. Then the off-duty flight attendants upstairs in the break room wanted to watch, so they got it up there. Then business class got it.
Then the coach class found out something was going on and started complaining that, no fair, first class and business was getting to watch something special and they couldn’t see it. So the flight attendants said, Look, you can watch this if you want, but we’ll have to turn off the movie (only the big screens in coach). So that’s what they did. Instead of movies, the coach class got to watch all 6 1/2 hours of the Steps to Christ in Song.
Don Folkenberg went to the captain and said, I don’t want to get you in trouble over this. These are videos of Christian young people singing Christian music. The captain said, “I’m the one in charge here, and I don’t care what anybody says. We’re playing these videos. I don’t even care what the air marshal says.” Apparently the people on the plane were thrilled with the music and pictures and many wanted to know how to order the videos. I heard this story straight from Don Folkenberg last Saturday night (April 10) as he told a group of FA students. It was thrilling!
I just ordered my copy of the DVD to watch, so if you are interested, here’s the ordering info.
Practice the presence of God!
Pastor Alden Ho
Wheel Salt Ministries
“A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be an earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer.” (1SM 121)