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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 15, 2012 - Your Works Will Follow You

By Santina (Sarah) Montagano

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13, KJV).

For any pastor or faithful worker in the body of Christ who feels discouraged and feels you are not bearing much fruit for Christ’s kingdom, be assured that those works done in our Lord’s name will follow you.

My reflection on this passage of Scripture has been bittersweet. At 82 years of age, after 61 precious years with my dear husband, Pastor Sam Montagano, I am recently widowed and learning to trust my Savior in a new way.

Sam was a servant of the Lord and a pastor for 58 years. He had such a passion for souls. He loved his congregation deeply, and he loved the world outside the churches he pastored as well. Uppermost in his mind and spirit was the value of a soul and a passion for rescuing the perishing.

After Sam went to his eternal rest on Feb. 7, our family was showered with cards, comments and testimonies. This was all treasured evidence of the souls that had been reached and the impact of my husband’s ministry on many lives. Great was our loss, but God comforted us with the knowledge He had honored His servant.

With the Lord’s help and the help of parishioners, Sam saw the construction of First Christian Assembly (AG) on High Street in Burlington, N.J., and Full Gospel Fellowship (AG) on Jacksonville Road in Burlington Township. After a hard day’s work at his secular job as an ironworker, he would stop at the church work site and do whatever needed to be done to complete the church building. But more than the joy of seeing a building come to completion, my husband was thrilled at the transformed lives that filled those churches.

I remember times when, after a late night phone call from some desperate young person threatening suicide or suffering from alcohol addiction, Sam would rise from his sleep and go minister to these individuals in the night hours. Oh, the joy he experienced as he prayed for deliverance and then watched as God did the work, and a young person would pour the alcohol down the drain or throw away a crack pipe.

One young woman comes to mind immediately, as I think of her wonderful and miraculous deliverance from drug addiction and her continuing service to the Lord today. Three young men, who were brothers by birth, were led to salvation through Sam’s ministry and became brothers in Christ. Today they are Spirit-filled servants of God, strong in the power of His might. One is a pastor, the second is a teacher in the Word and the third runs a counseling and rehab center for drug addicts.

Friend, I could fill a book with memories from my years at my husband’s side. But can I offer you a word of encouragement? I believe each of us can identify spiritual mentors in our lives, people on whom we can see the hand of God resting. Let us pick up their mantle and go forward. Though we do not see the whole picture now, God will honor those who gather the harvest to constitute His kingdom. One day the truth of Revelation 14:13 will prove eternally true for you if you remain faithful: “Your works will follow you,” just as He has promised.

— Santina (Sarah) Montagano served with her husband, Samuel, in ministry for 61 years.

 

 

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