May 12-13, Elim Bible Institute & College, Lima, NY

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Bob Sorge

Thursday: Today Marci and I are flying to Rochester NY in preparation for a weekend of ministry on the Elim campus in Lima, NY. After graduating from Elim Bible Institute 36 years ago, I’m returning to speak at this year’s graduation ceremonies. 

Here’s an overview of the weekend as best I can see it:

  • Arrive today around 5 pm in Rochester, go to dinner with Mike & Terri Cavanaugh (President)
  • Settle into our lodging, we’re staying in a guest apartment on the campus
  • Friday 7:00 pm I speak at the Baccalaureate Service
  • Saturday 2:00 p.m. I speak at the Commencement Ceremony
  • Sunday 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. I speak at the two regular weekend services of Elim Gospel Church, the campus church.
  • Sunday 5:00 pm depart from Rochester for home

Here’s the messages on my heart for this weekend:

  • Friday I’m going to tell personal stories from my own journey, from Elim till now
  • Saturday I’m going to speak of Jesus’ most common teaching
  • Sunday’s message is “Naomi’s Redemption” (I’ve been asked to bring a Mothers Day message)

Friday 11:00 pm: Marci and I are having a grand time with our Elim family. Reconnecting with old friends, making new friends. Tonight’s Baccalaureate service was graced of the Lord. At the close of the message, a bunch of the students came forward to express their wholeheartedness for the Lord. We ended up having around 15-20 minutes of response time around the altar, which was very sweet, and not typical for a college Baccalaureate. I told stories, personal stories. Ended with the baseball film. Good responses to the message.

Saturday 4:30 pm: We had an excellent Commencement Service just now. Great spirit in the midst, much hope and expectation for the future, much looking to the Lord for help and guidance, a very sweet spirit of worship. The Lord graced me to speak on Jesus’ most common teaching. It was a great honor for me to be the speaker for the class of 2017. The Lord is good!