Tonight as I was getting the kids ready for bed I was thinking about what I wanted to write to you guys. My mom came to visit this afternoon, so that was a true blessing worth writing about. We have an Open House at our house in Rockwell tomorrow, so that’s worth asking for prayer about. I took Carmen to the meat market and learned more Spanish. Tomorrow we have the Backyard Bible Club, which is our first big event here in Countryside, and that is worth writing about as well.
But God changed all those scripts.
Grant left out after supper to hand out the remaining flyers for tomorrow’s event. He only made it to the second house on the street and was gone for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
J lives at that house with his girlfriend and four young kids. We have seen him out a few times in his yard, but never really talked with him. When Grant knocked on the door to invite them tomorrow, J came outside and wanted to talk. He broke down and poured out his heart to Grant. He described how his car was repossessed, his power was turned off, and he found an eviction notice on his door–all on Tuesday of this week. He was crying as he told of his troubles. He said he believes in Jesus and gave credit to God for different blessings in his life, but doesn’t go to church anymore.
He said, “I’m not usually this real with people, but I know what you’re tryin’ to do in here.”
Grant, with the help of God, was able to pray with him, encourage him, and take a relationship that was a wave-at-the-neighbor-when-you-walk-by kind of thing to a whole other level. All because we are having an event tomorrow and knocked on his door.
Do you think maybe God had J in mind when He planned this Backyard Bible Club??
Let’s join together in praying for him and others like him in Countryside. We are all just one bad decision away from being in the same position. We don’t know what God has in store for the lives of those kids or adults in that house, but we do know God is in the business of using bad to bring people closer to Him. We have seen it first-hand in the short time we have lived here.