Archives for November 2008

A FAITHFUL TEACHER

PASTOR DON & JAN HARKEY

PASTOR DON & JAN HARKEY

PRAISE THE LORD FOR FAITHFUL TEACHERS
(A Tribute to Mrs Jan Harkey)

Sunday morning it was raining and we came into the back entrance of the Cambria Baptist Church, of Cambria MI.(this is the church we joined when Ken retired) which takes us through the secretary’s office and then through the small chapel where the children’s church meets each Sunday.

I can not express the joy and praise that filled my heart as we came into the chapel door and I saw, Jan Harkey, the pastor’s wife, working hard writing an outline on the white board, and very obviously well prepared for the task of ministering to the Childrens’ Church (over 35 years, we found out later). She has many faithful helpers, too.

This lady of God, is a precious example of unselfish faithfulness to the ministry that she has been called. She has the dedication to study and prepare visual aids, and everything else that goes into a ministry like this. I don’t know how many years she has been at it, but certainly a long time. A few weeks ago the youth pastor, Jeremy Harrington, who grew up in the church and attended those children’s church sessions, mentioned how much he learned from “Marm Harkey” in Children’s Church.

What a joy it is to me as one who has taught for many years myself and used some of the same materials as Jan Harkey is using, [CEF, Footsteps of Faith, The Life of Christ, Betty Lukens.] I divided mine up with my daughters and grand-daughters a few years ago when I wasn’t able to use them any longer and I didn’t want them to go to waste.  I am aware of the dedication and preparation that is required to be able to present these materials faithfully year after year.

I am so thankful for those faithful teachers every Sunday who truly dedicate themselves to teaching the Word and putting the time and preparation that is necessary to truly present the Gospel, bathe those students in prayer and live a fine Christian life before them.

Also, the follow-up that goes into that type of ministry is important too.  A little note here and there, and all the prayers for those students God has entrusted to you.

A few weeks ago our son Ken preached a message:

07/27/2008 11:00 AM    The Eternal Weight of Glory    Ken Pierpont     Series: Beating Burnout
2 Corinthians 4:16-18, with a challenge to Christian to step up and be faithful.

I encourage you to go to this sight and listen to this message if you are a teacher or someone who should be.

http://www.evangelbaptist.com/podcast.aspx

As a young person, I also had some wonderful teachers, my pastor’s wife Mary Robbins,  I learn so very much from her about Christian living, and Shirley Summers who took our class to her home once a month for the quarter, to build a replica of the tabernacle and all it’s appointments. We even make the curtains by weaving the colors into fabric and carved the furnishings, etc. from balsa wood. The time she invested was a tremendous help to me, as a young Jr. High student, to understand the Scriptures.

Please consider now,…  is God calling you to the ministry of teaching?

Even though we are retired from the Pastorate per-say we are by no means retired from full time Christian service as God gives us the strength.  The desire is still there and God helping us, that is what we want to do.

II Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God.”

Isaiah 28:9-10 (King James Version)
King James Version (KJV)

9.  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10.  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

BIBLE CLASS

JUST AN UPDATE:

The second week there was one lady and the third week, two ladies…. God is working. ( a few others stopped by and listened in and left).

This week the same two ladies attended and shared requests for prayer.

I am encouraged and praise the Lord for the blessings in the class.

Jer.33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Verse I memorized this week.

I Cor. 7:23,24 “Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of men.  Brethern, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”