Feed My Starving Children welcomed us back again this morning, where we were privileged to pack meals that will be headed to children in Haiti, the Philippines, and the Ukraine. After our packing session, the organization invited us to come up during the "packing recap" to present our fundraising initiatives taken on by each family. One family hosted a lemonade block party to raise $100, another sold toys and handmade art, another collected change all year, and the other two families solicited friends, family and even Cardinals fans at a baseball game! It was great to see the kids being so selfless and starting to learn how much hard work goes into buying and packing the food. These are God lessons we hope last a lifetime.
After lunch we had a fun devotion time with Pastor Tim Bayer, a former Missions Pastor at Faith that is now lead Pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, just about 45 minutes away from New Song. It was great to catch up with an old friend - and one of the impetuses of this family mission trip!
The afternoon brought the return of the scavenger hunt - a favorite activity for most of the kids. We divided into 5 teams and set out into the community to find opportunities to bless the local residents. We had some awesome encounters including giving a boy a stuffed toy, and his mom breaking down into tears, saying that her son is autistic and they had just had a rough day and what a blessing that was in lifting their spirits. We visited police stations, firehouses, and local businesses and blessed people through food, cards, prayer, and gifts. Random acts of kindness were popping up all over this city - praise GOD!
Tomorrow we are excited to volunteer at Phil's Friends, a new opportunity for us. This inspiring organization sends care packages nationwide to people fighting cancer, encouraging them and sharing Christ-centered hope. We can't wait to see how we're able to help support their mission.
Please continue to pray for us and the people we will encounter. We want to be a light for Christ in a world seemingly suffocating in darkness. We want our children to experience God's truth and love early and often, so they might continue to share Him with the world all their days. We want to be humble servants who remember to always, "Pray More, Worry Less."