Sunday, August 5, 2007

Nauvoo Christian Visitor Center Worker~ Shares a bit of the Outreach while at 3rd year 2007 of Nauvoo Pageant

A few words from Kent who came all the way from Kansas...Also a big thanks to all who helped us this year with the 2007 Nauvoo pageant Outreach. We had helpers from MN, UT, IA, MO, and IL.

"Greetings from Nauvoo,

Last night’s outreach was relatively quiet. Mormon crossing guards tried to tell the outreach staff where they could or could not stand. These crossing guards come from area Mormon wards (churches) and are assigned duties. They are not well trained or up to speed on what is legal. So they can get rather moody when Christians show up to witness. Nauvoo Christian Visitor Center director, Rocky Hulse, set the crossing guards straight.

Brian Hoober was working on the street opposite of the main group. Mormon crossing guards tried to give Brian and Jay a hard time to. Brian told them to call security and they never did. With the Mormons, intimidation is a weapon they try to use.

Yesterday at the Center, Rocky was able to visit with a “jack” Mormon (one who is not practicing the faith) and a Community of Christ (RLDS) intern. It was amazing how Rocky poured every bit of attention into these two men. He did an excellent job presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These followers of Joseph Smith are blinded by their idolatry of following a false god.

I stayed at the Center last night to man it and answer the phone. It gave me some time to let the ibuprofen to take effect to...."

3 comments:

  1. I read this when it was posted in 2007, but would not comment. Nauvoo is a town where it isn't wise to be bold or speak up. Today on this Easter 2009, I found the courage to say what should have been said long ago. Rocky and his wife Helen were a light in this dark town, they are missed. Nauvoo has not been the same since they moved to California.

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  2. Thank you for your comments whoever you are, thank you. Rocky and I know we have many friends in Nauvoo and the surrounding area. We love and miss them and you, cause I'm sure we know you. It would be impossible to start with one name, so I won't try, this is to everyone reading this post. Our hearts and lives have been so blessed by those we know have been faithful in praying for our move to California. I am going to take this opportunity to tell everyone what we have been walking through. Our move out to California was difficult and stressful, in that we were there to help with my Mom and sister Mary. Rocky and I lived in our 5th wheel, at different Navy bases while Rocky did his best to find work, all with no results. California was/is awash in a sea of debt, and their budget is bust; thus, no work.

    In August of 2008, he finally found a job with the NJROTC program. The job was in Texas, so off we went continuing to live in our 5th wheel. My Mom remains in California and we visit often to check on her care.

    In January 2009 I learned my sister Mary had been coughing up blood for over 8 months and told no one. She finally saw her doctor who ran some tests and found that she was in stage 3b-4 lung cancer. The cancer has migrated to her brain and she is struggling to hang on to life itself. About two weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to pray with Mary about her salvation. What a blessing, even in the eleventh hour of life, to know that God can still save us from our sin and place our names in the Lamb's Book of Life.

    We've also had a struggle with the home we purchased here back in August 2009. In November we received a lien on the property in mail. How can that be? We didn't order any work done on the house and not pay for it; however, the builder, took our mortgage money from the closing and then didn't pay off the contractors that built the house. The contractors are now placing liens on the property to try and recoup their money - it's a huge mess! The builder has filed bankruptcy and so the contractors have nowhere to go except to the house where their labors were expended. So, we are on a course to have to pay for this house twice - good grief, it's hard enough to pay for a house once, let alone twice. Even though we are in the midst of yet another storm, I know God is in control and He has a perfect plan, even in this situation.

    Wow, I am now getting of the topic of my post which was to say thank you, thank you, to everyone that helped Rocky and me while we were the directors of the Nauvoo Christian Visitors Center. Forever we will be thankful for the many people we now call friends because of the time we spent in Nauvoo.

    As we now move forward with the ministry which God called us to in 2002, we look forward to what He has chosen for us to do, as His vessels. Our plans is to always be an outreach to ex-Mormons and non-Mormons alike with the gospel of Jesus Christ,

    One last thing to all believers we only need look around, no matter where we are or what we are doing; God will place someone who does not Him before us. If you are impressed to reach out to that person/persons then do it, don't let that moment pass you by, it could mean eternity lost for them. I know this to be true 'cause it happen to me in a bookstore '1981' when a woman reached out to me and my life was forever changed.

    We are not all called the same way, nor to do the same thing by God, but we are called to do something for Him. May we always be ready to respond, just a thought for today.

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  3. In Loving Memory of my sister Mary Lea Lynch - June 22, 2009

    Many of you have been praying for my sister Mary since we learned she had lung cancer on January 19, 2009. I travelled to California on the 25th of May to be with my sister and on the 27th, she was admitted to the hospital until transfer on June 2nd to a convalecent home. I promised her, I would not leave her side, I did not.

    On June 22nd I was finally able to take her in my arms and say the words "It's okay sweetie, go home to Jesus, with those words she left this world".


    For My Sister Mary

    When We Remember

    You can shed tears that she is gone
    or you can smile because she has lived
    You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
    Or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember her and only that she’s gone
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
    You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
    or you can do what she’d want:
    smile,
    open your eyes,
    love
    and go on.

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