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David Smith Discusses Jehoshaphat and Prayer

Sabbath services on August 19, 2017 began with a song service led by Amber (9th grader), Sarah (senior), and Citlali (senior), accompanied by Jara (sophomore) on the piano.  The opening song was “Higher Ground”. David Smith welcomed everyone and had prayer.

David Smith then read the scripture reading – 2 Chronicles 20:20 “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”

Juanita Smith then read a mission story from northeast India.  The Adventist school is located in the capital city. In one village, four people decided to join the Adventist church.  The villagers were furious and tried to compel the Adventists to leave the village. Three of the Adventist men were handcuffed and placed in the back of an open police truck. In route to the jail, the handcuffs came off one of the men for no reason.  After the Adventists appealed to the authorities, the Adventist believers were allowed to stay in the village. Eventually one third of the village became Adventists, mostly by watching the believers. 

Juanita Smith then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Abril (9th grader) and Fabiola (junior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Jara (sophomore) then played a piano solo for special music.

David Smith had the superintendent’s remarks on prayer.  He then announced the classes and had the closing prayer.
The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Jester Felarca in the church sanctuary and one in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass” taught by Cornelio and Susie Moro.

The academy boys were taking part in a Purity Weekend.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. Jehoshaphat was a good king who feared the Lord, getting rid of idols in the land and appointing honest judges to judge the people.
  2. He had 1,160,000 soldiers to fight for him. In addition, he had rebuilt many of his city walls.
  3. Amon, Moab, and Mt. Seir invaded the land, bringing a huge army.
  4. His first idea was to call the people together even from outlying areas for prayer and fasting. The group fasted for a day and then prayed, keeping in mind what the Lord has done for them in the past.
  5. A man of God stood up and told the group that the Lord had heard them and would fight their battle for them.
  6. God gave them instructions to head right toward the invading army but not to fight.  The choir would lead the way. Another group simply praised the Lord.
  7. The whole valley was covered with the invaders.  The choir sang – and the invaders fought each other until all were dead.
  8. The Jews went down into the valley and picked up all the loot for three days.
  9. They believed the Lord – and it worked.
  10. If we have a problem, we should fast and pray and wait for the Lord’s leading.
  11. Countries are opening, and our liberties are disappearing.  The Time of Trouble may be near, and the Lord will have to intervene to save His people.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Cornelio Moro – Laurelbrook farm manager
David Smith – one of the academy teachers / husband of Juanita Smith / helps transport nursing home residents to appointments
Jester Felarca – works as a C.N.A. in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Juanita Smith – academy registrar / Laurelbrook Academy assistant vice-principal
Susie Moro – nurse in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home / wife of Cornelio Moro

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