Saturday, August 1, 2009

Summer Serving

This summer in our church has been filled with missions trips. Two teams have already gone out and served. One of them went to Rwanda to help with a camp for teens, a few of the things they talked about were abstinence, AIDs, and the bible. We also had a team go out to help with a camp in Israel called Musalaha, an organization that works for the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Then we have one more team, that has gone out to serve...

The India Team

(From left to right-top to bottom:) Troy, Will, Nathan, Emily, Corrine, Christe, Sarah, Lindsey, and Aija are currently in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) India doing door to door evangelism. I really believe in these opportunities to serve God. It's not often we're able to serve without being distracted by our lives. It's encouraging for me to see how God works, not only in the lives that He reaches out to through them, but how He's worked in them. I've been praying much for the all the teams and God's work and their heart in it.
I was working on the India team's t-shirt and on the back side it reads:

"To be a witness means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist." -Cardinal Suhard.

It's an outpouring of faith to be able to serve, to have the heart and mind for it. I had heard this quote before from a dear friend. Both times hearing it, I was encouraged in the life I'm living. So in all of this fragmented thought, I can only say it's a blessing to just have these opportunities to serve. Even without these kinds of opportunities I believe that a Christian is able to serve God in the everyday life, I believe it takes an open and willing heart to serve Him.

So right now, I'm praying for them.

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