Saturday, April 18, 2009
Easter Sunday was awesome. It was so great to see so many families at service and be together to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. He Lives!!! We have hope, we have life, we have life in abundance because He Lives. After service we took pictures of all the families. It's very rare to see families together here. Even in church families usually don't sit together so it's really hard to know who's actually related. So it was good to see the families taking pictures together. After all was over I just felt like God was glorified and His Kingdom expanded.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
We had never done this before and did not know what to expect. We filled a 500 gallon tank of water and just drove around the community just filling their water tanks with good clean water. Some people did not want it and others were just confused about what we were doing. It's not every day you see a bunch of people driving around giving away water. We had a lot of fun and I think the volunteers were able to see what it means to just give.
I don't have any pictures of Day 6 but I can sure talk about it. We gave away small gift bags. It had in it a pound of sure, tea, kool-aid powder, and a bar of soap. I used it as an illustration for the Wednesday night service. All these things are good but none are good without water. (sugar is good without water but on it's own it not good for much) I went on to say that we are nothing with the Living Water. We had a full house at Wednesday service and used the opportunity to speak the truth and share the Gospel to all. Each person went home with a small bag of the illustration items.
This was one of my favorite days. I'm not a woman but I thought it was really cool. We have been having women's Bible study for about 8 months now. We have been averaging about 25 women on Tuesdays. So for servolution we kicked it up a notch and did a chick night flow. We were expecting more women but not 150. They played musical chairs, painted fingernails, and heard a great Word. The food wasn't enough but we were able to divide it up so everyone could have something. Huge blessing to see so many women and had the chance to reach out to them.
Monday night we rented two busses and bussed about 100 people to an event in the city. The church is located outside the city so going into the city is a treat. The Iris Ministries orphanage close to the church puts on a youth event every monday night. So we decided to once again join up with them and bless those that could come with great worship and a great message. They really enjoyed their time at Sound of Heaven youth event.
got a little excited with the charcoal...
Charcoal is a precious fuel in this community. It's much better than normal firewood so it's only used by those that can afford it. So we thought it would be a good idea to give some away. The place where we bought the charcoal from was really excited because it's not everyday that some one buys 1500 lbs of it. So before service as the people were arriving at church we started separating it into small bags. I was so encouraged by all that helped. They were in their Sunday clothes messing with charcoal. Then we divided into four groups and went in four directions just giving away charcoal. One cool story was a house that a group went to. A young girl was splitting wood with an ax to be able to make a fire to cook lunch. We arrived just in time and the girl got excited that she didn't have to split anymore wood. The father came out and hugged the man that brought the charcoal and asked them what church it was that was doing this. We had a full house and everyone helped distribute the charcoal. Over 150 volunteers. At Wednesday night service there were about 20 people that came to church because of the charcoal drive.
We joined up with a great church on saturday to do a youth outreach. All the youth and visitors from HPC Mozambique went over to the Iris Ministries orphanage church and just had a great time together. We got competitive and played against them in soccer. We got beat pretty badly. But I loved the fact that we were able to get together as a body of believers and show everyone that we can have fun as Christians in a world where sin seems to be the only "fun" they know. We had an awesome service. Great time of worship. After everything, we ate together. Eating is becoming our trend. Building relationships, building lives, building God's kingdom.
Friday night dinner and a movie. I was amazed at the response of the people with this event. the place was full 30 minutes before start time. that is huge in a culture that everything is at least 30 minutes late. We showed a great movie that shared the gospel in a simple but powerful way. Then we ate together. I love being able to serve people with food. We will do all we can to reach their souls but not forget their physical needs. I was so amazed at all the volunteers. They just saw the need and served it up. Thank you Lord.