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Rich Sutton Talks About the Mexico Trip
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The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 23, 2016 began with an introit by JD (junior) on the piano. Clifton Brandt mentioned that we are in the closing scenes in this world’s history and should be sharing the gospel in every way possible right now.
 
Elizabeth Castle read an article from the Southern Tidings about religious freedom.  Many conservative Christians bemoan the fact that the government doesn’t control our moral behavior.  True marriage, Seventh-day Adventists believe, is not something that can be defined by the government. Every argument that Adventists use about marriage comes from the Bible but should not be forced on everyone. Clifton Brandt then mentioned that Satan delights in bringing in confusing issues and mentioned the religious liberty offering today.
 
Bob Gustafson then had the announcements. The Belize mission trip is coming up – January 31 is the deadline for applying to go on this trip.   Vespers will be at 5:15 in the church. There will be a baptismal class at 2:00.  
 
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation led by Pedro Acre and Michelle Gustafson then sang “Praise to the Lord”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Samantha (elementary) then called for the offering, which was for religious liberty.  Elliott and Eric (seniors) then collected the morning offerings.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering. 
 
Jenny Acre told the children a story from the mountains. The parents went for more provisions.  The children were left to run the camp and register any visitors.  Then one of the children saw a shadow on the snow; later there was a loud knock on the door. The visitor demanded food and brandished a gun. Then he demanded all the family’s valuables. Then he went to sleep on the couch.  One of the children went for the gun and was pulled to the floor. A loud pounding shook the door.  A stranger came in and asked who the stranger in the house was. The second stranger ordered the first man out of the house and took the gun and threw the first stranger out the door. The second stranger went to sleep in the first bedroom, but in the morning there was no stranger in the room.  It must have been an angel.

Eric (senior) then read Matthew 5:38-42 “38 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”

Isai (ESL) played a solo on his saxophone, accompanied partly on the piano by Jairit (junior). Rich Sutton started discussing the topic “Going the Extra Mile”. During the sermon, he interviewed various people who went on the December church-building mission trip to northern Mexico. Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
 
Brenda Herra – wife of Rodney Herra / student vocational coordinator
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems / local church head deacon
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jeffries family – Rose, the mother, assistant academy principal / Hillis, the father, the academy boys’ dean
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / assistant farm manager
Pedro Acre – works with the Laurelbrook music department
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rodney Herra – local church elder / men’s work coordinator
 
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton: 
  1. Each person has people who helps him/her with challenges in his/her life and go the extra mile. Quite a bit of this type of action occurs at Laurelbrook.
  2. Matthew 5:38-42 “38 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”
  3. Roman soldiers had the right to compel civilians to carry their bags for at least one mile, but Jesus says to offer to carry the bags extra miles to win them to Jesus.
  4. Cutting wood together, giving people a ride in bad weather, fixing a car late at night are all samples of going the extra mile.
  5. Two of the Mexican ESL students went on the December church-building trip.  They had learned so much at Laurelbrook that pastors wanted to send more students to Laurelbrook. Staff members went the extra mile in helping them learn.
  6. The Jeffries family went on the trip, too.  Rose, the mother, characterized the trip as the best Christmas present ever. Meeting all kinds of people from the United States and Mexico gave the children a taste of heaven.
  7. Hillis (father) felt free to be a missionary and to dispense with complaining even though as a driver he got lost the last day. Directing people to Jesus was a great thrill. He was going the extra mile for Jesus.
  8. Rodney Herra sprained his ankle right before he went on the trip.  He was on the roofing crew and got the privilege of seeing the Mexicans and eating genuine Mexican cooking. The excitement and joy of the church members was real as the last sheet of roofing was put on the building. They were going the extra mile for the benefit of those church members.
  9. Bubba Herra, Rodney and Brenda’s son, planned work with his dad.  But he was asked to work with the dental equipment – and was stuck repairing the dental equipment and assisting his cousin doing the dental work.  He and his cousin saw about 80 people.
  10. There were so many children coming through the dental assistance line.  One four or five year old boy had to be held down by five people, but another child (a girl) trusted her mother calming her down.
  11. Kaz (senior) was in the cement-mixing crew the whole time. One Sabbath he was giving out books. One man was very happy to get the book and related to Kaz as a brother.
  12. Michelle Gustafson had an amazing journey, realizing that people living in the poorest conditions in the U.S. would be like royalty in Mexico. People really struggle in Mexico. In one house, the woman cooked outside with a blanket for her house door.  Her grandson had to be treated for pneumonia later.
  13. Michelle got to organize the health expo. One eleven-year-old girl was paralyzed on her right side.  She got a massage and got a hug in return.
  14. She started journaling her days so she could see all the ways the Lord led later on.
  15. TJ (sophomore and Michelle’s son) took pictures on the trip.
  16. This year Bob Gustafson was brought along to fix all the vehicle mechanical problems, but there weren’t many major problems.  However, there were many spiritual lessons every day.
  17. There was a joy, he said, to see those church building go up. Even neighborhood people gathered around to watch the buildings go up.
  18. All this was going the extra mile.

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