During our Youth Mission Week last summer, one of our groups made bracelets for a missionary in Southeast Asia. Along with the bracelets, the teens wrote simple letters of God's love to the children, who are learning English. The letters and bracelets finally arrived and the missionary shared the gifts along with the letters. The children are wearing their bracelts and translating their letters into their own language.
What a joy to be a tiny part of what God is doing in Asia!
It was a Thursday night and my church group had 6 salvations. That night I had the privilege to lead devotions after the service. I asked the campers if any of them wanted to talk about what had happened in their lives that night. Each one wanted to tell me what God had done in their life, how they felt, how happy they were, and how much they loved God. And they kept telling me over and over. It was such a blessing.
Stephanie and I had mountain boards on a Thursday afternoon. We thought it was going to be so easy because there were only two kids from one church coming to mountain boards. As it turns out, after we put on their pads and got up the hill, one of the campers backed out and the other girl, Diane,* was having doubts, too. We tried for thirty minutes to convince her it was fun but it didn’t seem to be working. Everyone, Stephanie, I, and the other campers, started to encourage Diane to beat the spirit of fear and to show the enemy that he didn’t have a place in her heart. She finally went down the mountain as we cheered her on. It was a joyful sight to see Diane stand up and fight the enemy with the Lord’s strength.