Monday, January 12, 2009

Meeting Anna

Before Christmas, Claire, Annie and I were out doing mission work near East Street, about a 15 minute walk from our house. We were mostly visiting people who we had already met; we were leaving for Christmas soon. A woman came to Claire's mind who we hadn't seen in a while; we were nearby so we headed toward her house.

As we walked down the street she lived on, another house caught my eye. I thought I might have met the people there a few months earlier and wanted to go back. It turns out it wasn't the same house I was thinking of but we decided to knock on the door anyway.

The door opened and three adults stood in the entry way. The woman of the house Anna, and her husband turned out to be Christians, Pentecostals in fact, and they were very excited to meet other Christians in the neighborhood who were baptized in the Spirit.

We were there for around a half an hour, sharing about the Lord with one another; Anna told us a little about how she had come to know the Lord, how he had saved her and many things he had done in her life. She mentioned to us that there were 10 people living in the house (5 adults and 5 children) and they were short on food.

Before we left, Anna, her husband and her daughter, and us three missionaries got in a circle and praised the Lord together; Anna said a mighty prayer over us, sending us out to bring people to Jesus and asking "Christ to keep us in his warmth." We asked the Lord to bless the household. We left with our faith built up, praising God.

It turned out that the woman Claire initially intended us to visit was not home; God had sent us to that street to meet Anna. As we walked away, I thought it must have been great for Anna to be able to give glory to God and share about the Lord's goodness with us. In my experience sharing with other people about what the Lord has done builds up your own faith and gets you excited about your friendship with God and his work in your life.

A few weeks later a few of us missionaries returned to the house. Everyone there was thrilled to see us and welcomed us in. We stayed for about an hour, talking about the Lord the whole time. Anna told us that after we left the first time we met her, a big bag of groceries arrived at their front door anonymously; Anna tearfully went on to describe how she experienced the Lord providing for her and her household; they were really short on food when the groceries showed up. She also said that since we all prayed together she's seen the Lord blessing them; including food stamps coming through and job opportunities for a member of their household. She said the Lord had used us to show her that "he still loves me, and he's with me, he will never abandon me." She explained she was having a really hard time before we showed up, but the Lord had showed his faithfulness to her through our visit.

Praise God, he allows us to be used for his great purposes! Anna thanked us for coming that first day and I thanked her for the witnessing to us. Thank you Lord for leading us to her house and for building us up!

Women's Day of Reflection


On December 30th the missionaries put on a women's day of reflection for our sisters on the south side. Women from the Indy branch were also able to join us. The Lord blessed the whole day and it was a great time of growing in Friendship with Jesus and with one another. Thank you Lord!

South Side Women's Day of Reflection

Thanksgiving

I'm sorely overdue for a post, and I can't catch up on everything that has happened in the past 3 months, so I'll just touch on a few highlights. The Lord blessed us south siders with an abundance of food on Thanksgiving. Initially, we were not sure if there was going to be left over food after the feast, but at the end of the meal, which fed around 40 people, we had plenty to spare. Annie and I made plates of food to give to folks who we thought might not have much for Thanksgiving. One lady, who we had met a few weeks earlier popped into both our minds; her living situation is a tough one and she sometimes doesn't have enough food. John and I took a big plate of leftovers over to her house that night. We knocked on her door several times and there was no answer; neither of us wanted to leave the food outside and it looked like someone was home so we kept waiting. Eventually the woman came out, and invited us onto her porch. She was delighted to see us, and when we gave her the plate of food a huge smile spread across her face. She immediately began to praise the Lord as she explained to us she had been sick all day and wasn't able to go anywhere for Thanksgiving. She had asked the Lord several times that day for a Thanksgiving plate but as the day got later the chances of one showing up got slimmer and slimmer. Her boyfriend was gone somewhere for dinner and she did not expect him to bring any food home; she had been eating chicken noodle soup that day. She exclaimed out loud, "Thank you Lord! You are so good, you ALWAYS hear me and take care of me." She kept saying over and over again, God is so good, God is so good." This woman has amazing faith in the Lord; We are blessed to witness Jesus taking care of her, even in a small thing like a plate of food. The Lord put this woman on our minds for a plate of food; we didn't know she was asking for a Thanksgiving dinner, but Jesus has her on his mind all the time and worked the whole thing out. Praise Him!