No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. I John 4:12
Things have been so different this summer that I feel like it’s really the ‘lazy days of summer’. We have only been doing outreach 4 times a month and the rest of the month we have been having the time of our lives taking clients out to dinner.
We’ve had the privilege of sharing meals with people working the streets, homeless gents, x-addicts, x-prostitutes, and beautiful young children. I wish I could share pictures of everyone with all of you but I only have permission from 1 person. This lady’s story may sound familiar to some of you because in the past you have blessed her with prayers and get well cards. What is really awesome is that she has kept ALL the cards she has received.
She almost didn’t go to dinner with us because satan kept telling her she wasn’t good enough, didn’t have the proper clothes, and had no money. Thank you Jesus that she trusted you enough to step out of her comfort zone and bless some of the 70x7 team with her presence at the dinner table.
Judy is what some might call an x-everything; addict, prostitute, thief, liar, etc. We’ve known Judy about 4 or 5 years now. When we first met her she was into everything, including telling us to get lost. Then one day she sent word out on the street that she wanted to see us and everything changed. She told us that she wanted to turn her life around and that she wanted us to teach her about Jesus. Things have not been easy for Judy since she accepted Christ. She developed diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, blood MRSA, had her lungs surgically scraped twice, and a few other physical challenges. Her joy and thankfulness while dealing with these issues is an encouragement to everyone who meets her. At dinner she asked us to teach her how to pray so we told her to just talk to him like he is her best friend. She said, “I don’t know if I can do that He is GOD! So I thank Him for everything He has given me and struggle to ask Him for anything”. Judy God loves you with a love that is deeper and wider than anything you’ve ever known or imagined. You’ve trusted Him to help you walk away from a destructive lifestyle now trust Him to fill you with peace, joy, and love. His grace IS sufficient.
Judy made a wise decision about a year ago and moved away from the neighborhood where everyone knew her. She did confess that she is very lonely in her new place and is sometimes tempted to go back to the old neighborhood but when she starts thinking that way she gets on her knees and thanks God for what she has. We thank God that He is her strength in times of weakness and an inspiration to all of us on the team.
Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18
Pic: Betty (team), Cindy (team), Judy (new sister in Christ), Jeana (team), Donna (team)
“Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.” Deut.28:6