It is that time of year again where we get to participate in a church-wide “mission trip” as a family! And we had such a blast! Josh, me and the kids went visiting a few homes and handing out some food boxes and a great gift package on Friday evening, all the while meeting new people and beginning new relationships as well as tending to some older ones. We were very excited to see many younger couples with young kids, like us. I think in light of my recent out of country trip I was able to see what we were doing with a new perspective that really made it more exciting and way, way less about me and way, way more about Jesus. I was personally able to share the gospel three times and talk to one lady we have known for a while about the day that she was saved.
There was a lunch today, sponsored by the church where we got to meet more people from this particular neighborhood and eat with them. We had tons of books for everyone to take also. A few guys had cleaned some road signs and planted pretty flowers at the entrance. Overall, a fantastic day! Two couples and their kids are following us to church tomorrow, and we are thrilled to have them with us! One lady was able to have all of her teeth pulled yesterday, which was good for her because she had been in horrible pain from her bad teeth. A guy is going to get eye glasses, which he desperately needs. We were made aware of other physical needs that we hope to be able to help with, but a far greater need for every single person who lives and breathes is a relationship with a loving Heavenly Father who loved us so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins, so that we might live in His freedom. The physical needs are secondary in comparison, but they are real needs. I pray that they see the love of Christ in all we do and all we say. He alone has what we need that will matter when this physical world is over.
Blankets were a huge hit. Some of us were able to help out with these on Friday evening. Most every kid and some of the older adults got a fleece blanket that was made with love and prayed over before being handed out. Very cool.
I just have to say that today was a wonderful day of service to the Lord. This morning when I woke up and got alone with Jesus, I was overwhelmed by His love for me. I have done nothing in my life to deserve His lovingkindness, but He is so good and offered it to me. I read from Ruth about how safe it is under the wings of God…the only true shelter, no matter where you live.