Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father who is over all and in all living through all.

Ephesians 4:1-6

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelist, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing full of love. Ephesians 4:11-16

With summer approaching in the northwest, seeds that were planted in the spring have started to grow. Most of them were planted at the same time after spending time cultivating the soil. But even though they were planted at the same time each seed grows differently.

The same is true for each one of us growing more and more like Christ. We all grow at different times.

Today on the street corner two of the people that we have ministered too for about the same amount of time are growing in their relationship with Jesus very differently. A lady, who has always been nice and polite, seems not really interested in allowing God’s truth to transform her. A man that we have ministered too for about the same amount of time has many times been rude and abusive. But this man has put into practice God’s truth. Today he shared that he had all of his things stolen. He was very upset, but even with being upset he shared that he needed to pray about the situation and forgive the people involved! We continue to pray for both people that they would take hold of God’s truth and run with it.

A younger man that we have ministered too for about five years had a desire to draw close to God today. There are times that we have seen him make baby steps in faith but today seemed to be a leap. We will be praying that he would listen to the Holy Spirit and draw closer to Jesus. One lady that usually is carrying a demonic spirit with her showed up today. She wasn’t able to listen to the sermon without getting up and crossing the street to listen but she didn’t leave. For her this is growth. She left before the ministers could spend time praying with her but we will continue to pray that the Holy Spirit would bring her back and cause a conviction in her that would lead to repentance and faith in Christ.

It can be difficult when seeds are planted not to see what is happening beneath the soil but God is at work even when we don’t see the work that is being done!

Thank you to everyone that prays for and donates to The Street Corner Commission. May your seeds grow into a beautiful, bountiful harvest!


Steve and Donna