This week has caused me to spend a lot of time thinking that the Apostles must have loved serving "together", and loved seeing what God can do when we work "together".
"The more generous we are, the more joyous we become. The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become. The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we be come. The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become." - Wm Ward.
That is certainly what we have seen on display this week, God has taken the generosity that you showed during the K-LOVE Pledge Drive and multiplied what Shoes For Orphan Souls is able to do in countries like Guatemala and others all around the World. In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about how important it is that we don't criticize one another, and say that we don't need each other, we most certainly do, this week has been proof of that. Serving along side one another to accomplish things far greater than we could do alone is most certainly God's design.
This week has been particularly inspirational watching young people serve the kids and families that we have met in Guatemala. Sydney, Betty, Christa, Elizabeth, Steven, Kristen, Elizabeth, Shelby and Sean are a group of teens and pre-teens that have worked long days and have done so with such joy that the rest of us have been inspired. They have brought gifts and energy to our group that are so unique and special, they have been used by God to show love to these kids in ways that only a young person could. Seeing them and the kids at the orphanage in tears because they had to leave has been a great reminder that we should never look down on someone's youth, God always uses young people in special ways and has throughout the Bible.
We have also met college students who have given up their summer to serve as interns: Jessie, Kelsey, Rachel and Kelly have all said that they would jump at the chance to do this again. Then there is Kristin, Sean and Steven, they really blew my mind when they shared on a bus ride back from the orphanage that they were all adopted by their parents from Russia. This has been really special for them, getting the chance to serve children who were in the same place in life that they once were, has touched their hearts, but more importantly God has used their story to encourage the children who long for a family in Guatemala. In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about how God uses our hardships to encourage others, and we have certainly seen that this week, thanks to Sean, Steven and Kristen.
So find someone to serve with today, it may be a friend, your spouse, a church group, your child, or even a perfect stranger, like it was for us this week. Making a difference doesn't have to be a huge undertaking, just find something you can do today to encourage someone else. The joy that you find serving together is a memory that you will cling to longer than anything that you do on your own. Maybe it can be sitting down and planning your own Shoes For Orphan Souls shoe drive!
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