“For I know the plans I have for you – This is the Lord’s declaration – plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ” Jeremiah 29:11
Two major trips I was planning to participate in this summer became evident to me that they were not part of His plans. Yes, some disappointment for sure. God gave me some glimpse for the reason. Two of the young men I’m working with have needed some intense time involvement by me. This would not have been possible had “my” original plans been carried out.
The Well Outreach
A church, a community, and a hospital worked closely with a local food ministry to distribute food to area residents. I helped provide shuttle service for 100 volunteers. They parked in our church parking lot. The food was given out in the parking lot of the hospital just down the road. The Well Outreach sponsored the event in collaboration with Second Harvest, a clearinghouse for excess food, which the government hands out. The volunteers were in 90+ temperatures. The shuttle vans were air-conditioned.
School starts soon
Have you thought about a way to serve the community outside the walls of the church? Here’s one way. I will be serving as a teacher’s assistant in the local middle school. The topic? Lego Robotics. The teacher is a very good friend of ours. Class begins August 8th. Pray that I will be an encourager, learning along with the students and a witness for Christ by demonstrating love and compassion on kids who may see very few examples in other areas of their lives.
Set Free Church
Steven will be entering a program sponsored by Set Free Church in Nashville. The first 30 days are devoted to providing structure concentrating on study of the Bible and learning to get along with others. The next 60 days continues the discipleship process and begins to integrate residents toward a productive lifestyle. The next six months to one year is a transitional time for residents to find and maintain employment and be constructive Christian citizen in society. Pray for Steven. Over 40 people on my Facebook post have expressed concern. This is a step in the right direction for Steven.
UPDATED INFORMATION: Steven left the program after just two days. Pray that he finds his way and that way is in the Lord’s direction.
Pray for my parents as they to manage all the health issues that have challenged my dad. Pray for our good friends, the Copeland’s as they move to Missouri. He is a missionary who travels the world, teaching pastors. And pray for the family and friends in South Africa of a young man whose life here on earth was unexpectedly short.