These Countryside Kiddos are getting a gut-full of Jesus.
This week we have taken them to Covenant Baptist for VBS. They are impressing me with their ability to now wake up and make it to The Connection by 8:30AM. Yes, that’s right. The kiddos we were dragging out of bed last week at 10:00 are now voluntarily getting up and walking at 8:30! Small miracles.
Tonight some of them were at the house. One of them was playing by himself and I heard him say, “What does the Lord require of you?”
Evan Grace was within earshot and said “O, Mortal.”
My ears perked up. I asked them if they could tell me their Bible verse from VBS this week and with a resounding YES they jumped up. I gathered them on the couch and we rehearsed twice and then I captured it on video.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
I wish I could share it with you on here, but you gotta pay to upload videos and I’m too frugal for that. If you’re on FB, I encourage you to check it out on my page. It’ll do your heart good. It sure did mine!
We also are participating in Squash Out Hunger with our church. A farmer in Monroe donates the “second-best” crop to this program and churches step in to hand it out to the needy in their community. Yesterday we picked up 2 bins (about 200 grocery bags) of zucchini. We delivered to Christian Services, the Soup Kitchen, the Adult Day Care, and a few more service organizations in the area. Countryside got the leftovers (about 60 bags!) and we handed those out to our neighbors. Some were grateful, some didn’t know what a zucchini was.
And that same day we got a call from Hopewell United Methodist Church. They were participating in The Million Book Effort with the SC Conference. They had taken up new books as congregations to give out to their communities–and they wanted to share with us! We plan to use a lot of them for Homework Helpers, but I wanted to let the kiddos take a look at them tonight–and take a few home. They were as excited as Christmas morning!
I mean, who doesn’t like Beverly Cleary, Junie B. Jones, and Freckle Juice!?
And then finally, last night we were given the privilege of traveling to First Baptist Church Salisbury to speak at their Family Night celebration for VBS. They focused on us as their missionaries for the week. We were told that one kid wanted to know before we got there if we dressed like nuns. Not all the time, son.
What a humbling experience it was to be the focus of prayer and offering for that week! The people were so happy to see us and hear Grant speak about what we do in Countryside. The stories of how 5th graders were giving from their allowances and kids were bringing in piggy banks taught us just how much God loves our neighbors. He provides for our every need so that we are able to live here and minister 24/7. He uses piggy banks and allowances. Wow.
After all that exciting news of serving and giving and loving, I’m worn out. We did a trailer-count today because we wondered why we always ran out of flyers for events–and found out that we have been wrong the whole time. There are 185 TRAILERS IN COUNTRYSIDE! That’s a lot of people! That’s a lot of Love to share! Thank you for praying for us as we are about the Father’s business!