Friday, August 22, 2014

it never gets old

Last night was the wrap up meeting for back2school outreach 2014, and we ended by sharing stories that stick out to us that we saw God do as we sought to serve students in our community.  It never gets old to hear others talk about the glory of God.

Joshua 4:6  NLT
We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’

Joshua was one of the strongest voices for the kingdom of God.  At this point the people of God built an altar to praise God and to remind others what their God had done.  Every time one of their children about the stones they were to hear the story of how God helped the children of Israel cross the Jordan River on dry ground.  This is something that only God could have done.

We have lost more opportunities than we know of telling others about what we have seen and experienced what God has done.  There have been instances where we know God has healed friends.  We have experienced times where the protection of God kept us and others safe from accidents and struggles.  God has kept us inspired when life could have rolled over us.

Just tell them.  Tell the children about our God.  Don't hold back.  Share how God showed up and how your situation changes by His grace and strength.  These seven years of back2school have built stories of lives that have been changed and inspired by what God did through this event and through the lives of the people who stepped up to serve others.

This year we know that almost 1,900 students were served the weekend of the event, and since that weekend almost 600 more students have been blessed by the resources that were left.  There were about 600 volunteers who came together for a common goal.

A pastor shared with me how he was overwhelmed by his church family stepped up to serve and were brought closer to God and to each other by serving together.  A pastor’s wife talked about the teen girl who sat next to her washing feet and how this girl’s sincere prayer and service touched her heart.  It really never gets old to hear what God has done.

One last time I want to say a huge thank you to all the businesses and organizations that supported this awesome cause.  Thank you to the five churches (Fairway Baptist, The Community, Mercy Crossing, Mt. Calvary and Danville First PH) that made a great commitment to serve children around their community. 

And we are not done.  We’ve actually started planning back2school 2015 and on August 1st we will have the opportunity to serve more.  We are inviting other churches, friends and organizations to step up to be part of this incredible opportunity. 

So keep telling the story of what God has done.  It never gets old!

How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours!

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