We hope you will be encouraged by reading this recent letter the Good Samaritan Advocates team received from a beneficiary of their services. Praise God for the difference this work is making in our community!
“I just want to tell you that because of you and the GSA team, it feels like heaven here on earth. Your sacrificial giving of your time and talent on a Saturday morning free of charge just to help people is very rare in this world. I was deeply touched by the passion and diligence that the team I was assigned to on January 19 put forth in handling my case. It felt like [these servants] were angelic beings! The prayers and everything they did for me availed so much, and miracles occurred in that room that day.
For several months I could not find a neurologist who participated in the insurance I had. This team found one, and I had an appointment with her on January 29. She did not order a bone scan, as she does not treat work injury cases, but she examined me for the ongoing neurological symptoms affecting me. May God do for you and the team as written in Matthew 25:31-40. Thank you so much for your labor of love for others.”
GSA conducts clinics in Gaithersburg and Falls Church, Va. Visit the GSA website for more information.
July 23 2012 at 6:00 pm 5 Comments
As Christians, our mission is to make disciples of all nations. We’re blessed to live in an area where approximately 30% of our residents were born in another country; so in a very real sense, the nations are right here on our doorstep. This is something we should celebrate and an opportunity we should seize in order to show Christ’s love, pursue relationships and share the gospel.
To that end, we will be highlighting a different cultural group in our county every few months, so we can learn more about them and pray for our interactions with them.
This past Sunday, we highlighted the Salvadorans in our culture, many of whom attend our own church. We asked a member in our church, Oscar Pinto, to share a little about his culture:
After the service we passed out cards with simple prayer points to remind us all to pray for Salvadorans (more are available at the Welcome Center if you missed them). We can pray that:
- more would come to know Christ
- Salvadorans would experience freedom from fear through the gospel
- those seeking employment would find steady work to provide for their families
- Salvadorans would experience unity and overcome differences rooted in El Salvador’s civil war
July 13 2012 at 3:45 pm 3 Comments
Here are photos from Thursday, day 4 of Local Missions Summer Outreach Week:
And a few brief comments from Outreach Week leader, Todd Keeler:
- This year we are experiencing the highest level of attendance from neighborhood kids.
- God has been bringing a wide range age range to our outreach (age 3 to 19). We are happy to see him bless us with meaningful conversations with the older teenagers in the neighboorhood. One of these teens came to a Bible study last night with some of the volunteers who invited him.
- We are seeing kids be personally impacted by the Christ-centered lessons we teach on a daily basis. One 10-year-old girl was observed extending kindness towards other kids. When asked why she was doing this, she responded that she had been inspired by the example of Jesus as explained during the camp.
- One mom in the neighborhood told the volunteers that she had never seen this many kids join a community activity. It is spectacular to know that adults in the community are affirming and commending our efforts.
July 12 2012 at 5:22 pm 0 Comments
Here are photos from Wednesday, day 3 of Local Missions Summer Outreach Week:
And here’s the report from Outreach Week leader, Todd Keeler:
- God is continuing to bring new kids to the camp every day, and the enthusiasm among the kids is growing.
- We are realizing that many of the kids have deep emotional wounds and needs. Through our love, God is bringing these kids joy and a sense of being cared for in an individual way.
- A teenage sister of one of the kids told our staff that her little brother frequently cries and is usually sad, but since he has been coming to the camp he is all smiles and laughter. It has been incredible to see God bring life into the lives of these kids this week.
- Many kids have surprised us with their enthusiasm for memorizing Bible verses, and even the youngest kids are eagerly talking with the staff about Jesus and why he came. Memorizing scripture has prompted at least one of the kids to start reading the Bible.
- Some of our volunteers visited an elderly community. The residents were genuinely appreciative of having people to talk to. They enjoyed a concert by the volunteers, clapping and singing along.
July 11 2012 at 4:53 pm 0 Comments
Yesterday was another successful day for Local Missions Summer Outreach Week! We’re posting photos and brief updates here daily.
Don’t forget about the cookouts coming up this Friday at 6 p.m. at the Laytonia Community Center and Washington Square Park. These cookouts are a great opportunity for Covenant Life members to both serve guests and share the gospel. See Monday’s post for details, and contact Todd Keeler and Katie Barnett if you’d like to help.
Here is another encouraging update from Day 2 (see yesterday’s post for a report from Day 1):
- Close to 100 children have come out so far.
- One girl said she has been reading her Bible every day since the end of Joy Camp last year when she received a Bible.
- Another girl wanted to know more and more about what she had learned. She asked a helper, “What is the difference between believing that God exists and actually being a Christian?” The helper was able to explain to the girl about faith and she ended up praying the sinners prayer and giving her life to the Lord!
- One of the helpers shared this report:
“I got the amazing opportunity to share the gospel with a [19-year-old high school student] from Laytonia who did not know the Lord, and was not really interested in talking (or so it seemed). During the one-on-one time he began asking me all these questions when I was expecting him to mostly listen. I did not know what to say at first, but the Lord gave me words, and he really did pay attention. I shared the gospel with him and prayed for him at the end. One of the last things he told me was ‘I think I should come to church.’”
- Please continue to pray for boldness and miracles (Acts 4:29-31). Also pray for longer-term mentors for the children in these communities.
July 10 2012 at 5:39 pm 0 Comments
As you can see from these photos, Local Missions Summer Outreach Week is in full swing. Stay tuned for daily photos and brief updates here.
There are still opportunities for you to be involved with clearing of trees and limbs from storm damage, helping at the cookouts this Friday, or with follow-up after this week. See yesterday’s post for details, and contact Todd Keeler and Katie Barnett for more information.
Summer Outreach leader, Todd Keeler, had this report from Day 1:
• It’s really cool to go around to each of the sites and see how God is working. Day 1 went well—over 50 kids so far hearing the gospel.
• Pray for more to come; there are still more of us Covenant Life volunteers than children from the neighborhoods. We advertised door-to-door yesterday in a new area between two of the neighborhoods where we’re already serving.
• Some of the men in the church brought chainsaws, trucks and trailers to remove trees and limbs downed in the recent storm. The youth helped pile up the wood and branches. This was like the church saying “we love you” to the community.
• I got into a conversation with a woman who was very appreciative of what we were doing and would love to have a mentor in her son’s life.
• This week is really a springboard for ministry later on, not just a one-week thing where we can kind of feel good about ourselves and all wear matching shirts!
• Please be praying that the seeds we’re planting will bear much fruit in the weeks and months to come.