Thursday, July 16, 2009

Joy in Service

Today we wrapped up our week in the McAllen area of Texas. Around thirty folks from Southland have joined other churches in a Buckner/CBF Kid’s Heart Blitz Week. We’ve spent the mornings putting on a Vacation Bible School at a Community Center in the colonia of San Carlos. Each morning we’ve had from 30-40 kids. In the afternoons we’ve been working on a couple of houses in that same area. On one house we simple painted the exterior and on another, we’ve put siding up on the entire house and then painted (see photos in previous posts). We finished up at noon today and then headed to South Padre for an afternoon on the beach.

The week has been wonderful on every front. It’s been a delight to watch our teenagers (and even a couple of our children) catch the excitement of serving others. They’ve taken the initiative in figuring out ways to serve, they’ve worked long and hard in the heat without complaining, and they’ve shared their faith with sincerity and passion. They’ve also learned that when we do missions, not only do we bless others, but we also are blessed. It’s been fun to watch them react as the children have become attached to them and as families have thanked them for their work.

Yesterday, I also received an email from some missionaries in Kenya where Jeremy and Sarah, our Water for All missionaries, have been working for the last few weeks. The e-mail went on and on about what a blessing Jeremy and Sarah have been to them, their family, and to the people they work with. I’m reminded once again that God is at work in every corner of this world. He delights when we go out of our way to love each other in his name. As your pastor, it makes my heart sing to know that we are a church who finds joy in joining God in his mission of redeeming the world.

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” – Philippians 2:10-11.

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