This morning we all split into teams for service projects. There were two homes in need of significant improvement here in town, both of whose residents have no ability to make the repairs on their own due to physical and financial reasons. One resident was an elderly woman whom nearly everyone in town knows and adores. The other was a man who was very skeptical and hesitant to accept help at first but his whole demeanor changed over the course of the day as he realized that we truly just wanted to serve him. At first he only cracked his door open to answer questions but he was smiling and laughing with us all by the end of the morning! We pray that the impact we were able to make will affect not only them, but the whole community as people drive by, see the change and question why others would give and do so much.
In the evening we were able to experience the carnival for the first time. There were people and games everywhere! It was a total blast and a total hit! Everybody that came through was able to hear the gospel at least once and a few even decided to give their lives to Christ! During our debrief time afterward, we asked our students what they thought God saw as he watched everything going on. One answered “I think these people have waited a long time to feel loved like this.”
All of the communities we will be traveling to have the same story; one of people crying out on the inside to be seen, heard and loved. A story of dying churches in desperate need or revival in order to survive. Please join us in praying that God would send out workers into the fields after us to continue the work that has been started.
We know that He is faithful and the Bible promises that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, are blessed and will be filled. (Matthew 5:6)