For the families that went home today that God would continue to heal the hearts of the kids spiritually and physically.
For the weekly out reach to the community tonight that God work on the hearts of people and bring them to faith in Him.
For Continue prayer for the Muslims that are fasting this month that God would show Himself to them in visions and dreams.
For increased energy during the day to fully serve Him in whatever I'm doing.
Things started off with a bang on the 17th. Mark gave me a guys name and said go to
Chadderbox Falls Egmont B.C.
After church I met up with a second contact from
As I waited in the square for that guy I found my self asking this young lady for the time. She began asking me questions an why I was here and what I was doing. When she heard that I had a relationship with the Lord she asked me if I got rewards in my faith if I converted people. I gently explained that wasn't the case and but that it would be a great reward to see them in Heaven. This young lady was a practicing Jew and she was telling me about how they read the old testament but take more seriously the commentaries that were written on it afterward explaining what the scriptures mean. As I shared with her the truth she didn't accept the fact that all people are born with sin. Without that realization then there is no need for a savior. You don't need to be saved from a problem or a sickness that you don't have. Even still I could tell she was listening to what I was saying. I could also tell that it was offensive to her. (1 cor For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.) So after 30 minutes of conversation the person she was meeting came and she was ready to be done talking with me. She ended the conversation with " well I think I'm perfect and I think all people are good so..." The guy that I was supposed to meet had a change of plans and never showed up. I felt God set up that meeting with that young lady and I pray that He continues to revel Himself to her.
Being out of touch and not connecting with that guy encouraged me to purchase a cellular device to keep in touch with people. I found a cell phone shop and had them try and "unlock" my American phone. Two hours later they informed that with my phone this could not be done. The man felt bad for me having to wait in his shop for so long that he gave me a great deal on a phone sim card and minutes. I was excited because I love getting a good deal. who doesn't? From there I headed to the one place in
The next day I met up with the man from
Place where they say Jesus was born
Later that day I followed peter to
Wednesday the Pastor with bronchitis took me under his wing and showed me how to inductively studiey the bible. It was such a blessing. We were in Joshua 8, and as I read it initially I didn't get much out of it. But as he asked me questions and as we looked at the history in that time the story came alive to me. I felt as if I was there. In the beginning of the chapter The Lord says to Joshua "DO not fear or be dismayed. Take all the people of war with you and arise, go up to Ai; see I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people his city, and his land. You shall do to Ai and its king just as you did to
Later that night the congregation had church service...on the street. I was blessed to be able to play the drum for the worship service. Many people stopped to see what we were doing. Some would sing along if they knew the songs. Others stopped just to take a look at the drum I was playing. It was a good experience however the study and way we went over Joshua 8 was vary different on the street than the way it was laid out in the office. We then went back to have coffee and fellowship with the congregation and anyone else that wanted to Join.
And that was the last day I journaled...
The remainder of the time is going to be a brief summation as best as i can remember it. Thursday I had a meeting with Shevet Achim and after some good questions they agreed to let me stay for a week until mark and Jo got back from north
Its now Friday and at this point I'm itching to get my hands dirty and serve at Shevet. because everyone here at has a job and they work hard together.For me only staying a short time my roll is to fill in the cracks. So the first day I was house cleaning in the morning. Then I found my self racking leaves, taking out the trash, playing with some of the kids, and more cleaning. That first day I was able to see what it looks like to humbly serve. I found my self in a hurry to be with the Lord not in a hurry to finish what I was doing . And it was and still is vary important do a great job at whatever I was doing. Shabbat was the last half of Friday and Saturday and that day is respected as a day of rest. Sunday one of the guys who works here was preaching at
This last week has been similar to the first. Here at Shevet it is fun to look for ways to bless people during the day with everything from cold glassed of water and smiles to just taking care of the everyday tasks. There is so much going on here with all the families and the staff it is incredible. A vary encouraging picture was placed in my mind the other day when I heard what was going on at the hospital with some of the families and staff. There are families from Iraq, west bank, Gaza. All here with their kids. And they are here because their kids are sick beyond their control. And now they have hope. And it starts thousands of miles away with people praying and people giving to this ministry. And usually these families according to the culture would be at war against each other. Maybe never talk to each other. Here they live together. And the other day three of the kids were together in the hospital having surgery. It wasn't going very well. The doctors weren't communicating with the parents or the staff but you could tell things weren't looking good for one of the kids. The mothers were in terror thinking that they may never get to see their child again. So they were all together praying for each others babies that they would pull through and come out ok. There were a lot of tears and a lot of fear. The doctors were able to do what they need to do and the kid is alright and recovering. But to hear how the Lord is healing and bringing the hearts of many different nations together it truly is amazing and a blessing to be apart of.
Ramadan starts today and there is a lot of tension in the city. Many warnings have gone out for tourists to stay out of the old city and away from crowds. So the prayer here is that God would show up to them in dreams and visions. And that they would come to the knowledge and hope of our Savior. Jeremiah 29:12-13 "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
There is the update let me know if you have any questions and for sure let me know how I can be praying for you!
Depending on Him,
Prayer that God will shine the Light of the Knowledge of Truth in the heart of the Jewish Girl I met in the square.
Prayer for The Pastor with bronchitis would be healed.
Prayer that the kids would recover from there surgery and that the Lord would save them and there families.
Prayer that the staff would stay healthy here as they give up there time to serve.
Prayer that God would show up to the Muslims in dreams and visions during this month of fasting.