Compassion for Destina

Destina was born in a small village in Nias, Indonesia. She was born with an abnormal condition affecting the brain and bones. Her mom was taking care of her for the first few year of her life. Then her mom put her in an orphanage for two years. After two years, the orphanage sent her back to live with her grandparents. There are several reasons for this rejection:

• Destina cannot feed herself
• Destina cannot shower herself
• Destina cannot clothe herself
• Destina cannot use the bathroom by herself
Destina’s parents left the island and were sending $50 every three months. Then in 2015 her grandma brought her to her parents. But the parents rejected Destina, feeling like she was to much of a burden to bear. Then in 2016 her parents got a divorce and stop sending money for her care. She now lives full-time with her grandparents in substandard living conditions even for a developing country. We cannot help everyone, but we can help someone. Let that someone be Destina today. Let’s show her the love of God and that she is not forgotten but valued by God. Go to and write “destina” in the description. Every amount adds up to touch her life.

Keep looking up,

Pastor Gary and Susan

Posted on January 17, 2019 and filed under Compassion.

The secret to Samson's strength

Samson is known as the strongest character in the Bible next to Jesus Himself. In fact, the very name "Samson" means strong or distinguished. Certainly his strength was the distinguishing factor in his life. Samson was the 15 Judge of Israel and showed his strength in many ways. His first display of strength was ripping apart a wild lion. Then he captured 300 foxes and used them to spread fire on his enemies fields. Next we see him use the jawbone of a donkey to kill 3,000 Philistines. The philistines attempted to imprison Samson and he ripped the prison gates off their hinges. And perhaps his most famous act of strength was pushing down two pillars of the pagan temple of Dagon, bringing down upon his enemies and himself as his final act of heroism and strength.


So what was the secret to Samson's strength?  It was the spirit of the Lord! The Bible says in Judges 13:24 that "the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him."  Later when Samson fell into sin with Delilah, his strength began to subside. So the strength of Samson was a supernatural strength. It was God working through him that gave him this advantage of strength. 


So it is with us. Without God we can do nothing (John 15:5). With Him we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). You too can do amazing things when you walk in the spirit of the Lord. I have felt and seen this truth played out in my own life. There are times I feel so weak and incapable on my own. Then at others times I feel closer to God and I the same challenge seems so doable. The Spirit of God changes everything. It changes not only what we can do, but why we do it. When we are in that sweet powerful place of walking in the Spirit, we become like Samson. We take on the supernatural ability to face our challenges and overcome them by the grace of God. 


So whatever you are facing today, know that you can tap into the same secret power that Samson had. The battle belongs to the Lord NOT YOU. But when you are weak, He becomes strong. In fact God's strength is made stronger in you when you recognize your own weakness. So surrender to the Spirit. Let the Lord have His way in you. And watch your trials become triumphs for the glory of God!


Keep looking up,




Posted on June 29, 2015 .


"We all go through our fare share of pain and suffering. Some is brought on by our own sins, some by those who have sinned against us, and some simply from this fallen world in which we all live. Whatever the source, the key is to overcoming suffering is the meaning we attach to it. If we will learn from our pain, gain compassion for others who are suffering, and use the experience as motivation to push us towards the future God has for us, then our trials can turn to gold. The worst thing you can do is blame God for your suffering. GOD IS NOT THE PROBLEM, HE IS THE SOLUTION!. Jesus said,  "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Some of the greatest achievements have come from the furnace of suffering. Why? Because these great men and women found a resolve, a clarity, a purpose, and a determination that can only be forged in the crucible of suffering. So get excited! The pain you are enduring today is the making of a better you for tomorrow. See your suffering as a school not a prison. Learn what God is offering to teach you and you shall be set free to a greater you and a greater destiny.

Posted on May 14, 2015 .

When you feel condemned

“When you feel condemned”

“If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.”          1 John 3:20

Let’s face it, sin has far reaching consequences. Our past mistakes can come back to haunt us in many different ways. Sometimes it shows up in the form of consequences like broken relationships, ruined careers, financial loss, or damages reputation. It can also show up in more internal ways like guilt, shame, or regret. These consequences of our sins can be so far reaching, that it may seem like we will never out live it. A ghost from the past that we cannot shake. This ongoing struggle can leave you feeling like it will never get better. BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS!


Jesus is greater than our condemning heart. Greater than our sin. Greater than our past. Although sin can be far reaching, Jesus reaches even further. His grace and forgiveness can turn those mistakes into experience. Experience that has made you who you are today. Experience that can be passed onto others who are struggling with the sins you have now overcome.


So the next time your heart condemns you, remember that Jesus is greater than your heart. And He knows all the things that you have done and loves you all the more. Remind yourself that you are saved by grace through faith, and that your sins have been redeemed. God is turning your mistakes into miracles; Your mess into a message; Your test into a testimony.

Keep looking up,


Posted on May 14, 2015 .


By Gary Galbraith 

Jesus was once approached by a father whose son was showing signs of demonic possession from his youth. The father said to Jesus, "If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us". Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Notice the father had his "if" and Jesus has His. We often wonder if God will answer our prayers. God wonders if we will trust Him for the answer. The word "if" is a conditional word. Most times, God's activity in our lives is conditioned upon our faith. Why? Because its all about relationship, and relationships are built on trust. When we believe, it not only invites God into our situation, but it activates God. Jesus Himself said, "all things are possible for him who believes". We all struggle with walking by faith. The father in this story later said "I believe. Help my unbelief." So the key is to deal with your doubts by giving momentum to your faith by taking whatever leap is needed in your life. It is in the place of your faith that you will encounter God. Be a believer today!

Posted on May 8, 2015 .