When I say privilege, I truly mean it. Meeting the people of Bay St. Louis was life changing. Falling in love with them, their city, and their lives was a joy that I treasure deep in my heart.
Now, here is where it gets interesting...
About two months ago, a few of us had a desire to head back to the south and assist with whatever might be needed after Hurricane Isaac had struck the gulf region. We marked our calendars, and a few people even requested time off work (myself included). But when we connected with the organization we intended to go with - we were told that by the dates we could go in November they would probably have wrapped up work in the area.
And then on October 29th, Sandy hit the Jersey Shore.
So now, a team of
The following day
We will work for several days - hopefully - aiding a hurting community - only equipped with what the Lord has gifted us. And then we will return home, I am certain, we will be bringing back a piece of the Garden State back to the Golden State.
We have no clue what we will meet when we get there. We have, have an idea, but really no clue what work we will be doing (demo, clean up, feeding people, or even just being there to encourage those who are hurting).
And as we head out to tackle another hurricane, we are 6 years older, 6 years different, hopefully 6 years more like Christ. A lot has happened in our hearts and lives in the past 6 years.
In its short time of existence, Hope Church has worked hard to serve the Lord wherever, and whenever opportunities arise. And they seem to arise often.
It's one of the joys of being a part of a small church.
We have the ability to take action, and take it fast.
From sending our pastor and another leader to Sudan with only two weeks notice back in April, to sending another two guys to the Nuba Moutains just few short months later, to bringing flowers to the elderly in an assisted living facility on Valentine's day, to offering financial support to families who have an urgent need - it is exciting to be a part of what the Lord is doing.
It is what we at Hope call "Glocal Ministry". Global AND Local.
Here is the lesson that the Lord has been teaching me, over, and over, and over, particularly this year - is that you have NO CLUE what he might have in store for you right around the corner. I have no idea where he is going to work or move next.
A two weeks ago I'm watching TV shows that take place in New Jersey. And in a three more, I'll be standing in that exact area.
God reminds me of His faithfulness. Of His presence in everything. Of His sovereign plan.
Even when, and especially when, I can't see it.
It encourages me like crazy. When everything seems hopeless, and impossible, I look back on these things I have seen God do and I am reminded of His power.
We serve a BIG GOD, and I am so grateful that He works, even when I doubt. Even when I am blind to it.
And those moments when my eyes are opened, and His bigger plan is revealed, I rejoice!!
One of our mottos the last few months has been "PRAY. GO. GIVE. TELL."
I have gotten to be a part of the prayer, the giving, and the telling.
This time, I get to GO.
So, if you want, join our team in prayer, as we head East.
We are grateful for your love and support and covet your prayers.