“Dear Folks at Manteo Faith and Pastor Steve,

What a glorious privilege to worship with you today. Jesus is exalted, God is praised and the people care for one another. The music was so heart touching and fitting with the message and the heart of God. Very warm and friendly group of folks. Have not heard such an encouraging message in a very long time. Well done, Pastor Steve. In some churches, when we are encouraged to exude grace, it is either anything goes or pull up your boot straps and move forward. But, to be plugged into the very heart of God is so key…grace is a gift. We are not perfect, we all know it, and having a God of second chances is HUGE. Loved the encouragement to realize His mercies are new every morning and to choose this day whom I will serve. We will choose every day who we will follow…on the good days and the tough days. God is faithful!!! You  cause me to also ponder if I am being a good steward of the gifts and abilities God has given me and to consider how I am using these or doing with them. Loved too what you shared about the “manna”…the people had to go out and get it, take it and use it. Will I apply what God has given me with mercy and compassion? Forgetting what is behind and pressing on…what do I need to do now? I believe God has spoken to me through you, Pastor, and for the first time in my life I seem to be “getting it.” Hallelujah!!! Have felt so stuck the past few months even though being a Christian for many years. Glory to God for you and thankful for the help in how to get UNSTUCK. Wow, what an answer to my prayers for these many months!!! You helped me “connect the dots” and live in free obedience to Him alone. My heart was so touched seeing the women gather around the one lady who came to the altar at the close of the service…such loving care of prayer and tears and encouragement. This is what I want in a church…Good Bible teaching, pointing others back to Jesus Christ alone and loving those around them. My heart is encouraged to go deeper with Christ and my hope is in Him alone. Thankful for the scars and the hope that is mine in Christ Jesus; the Healer, Hope and Helper. Looking forward to worshiping with you again soon. Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise!!!:) Lovingly in Christ and much prayer.

–Beverly (9/1/2019)