Lots of salivations. Lots of people also came back that had been there last month and now are reading their Bibles everyday like we had encouraged them to do. They all loved the clothes, the Bibles, the Christian reading books. They were just what they needed.
When the residences arrived in the building, we had it decorated with birthday banners, helium balloons and special food for each one. We had the scripture Psalm 18:16-19 on a flier for each one and a card saying we were celebrating their ‘Born Again Birthdays’ and new life in Christ.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
(Psalm 18:16-19, NIV)
There is so much pain in the people there, so many have been disowned by family, and to see the tears and then the joy when they see the Lord…its just amazing! One guy that got saved told us how his brother had just gotten injured severely in Iraq and that he is going to faithfully pray for the troops every day now.
Another guy was talking to us and someone came up to him and asked what size pants he wore, and he was holding the exact size that had been donated (new wranglers) and gave him to the guy.
Another man had to leave before the end, but came back as we packed up to say he’d just re dedicated his life that night and that when I’d shared something about being sorry if people that had called themselves Christians in their lives had hurt them or misrepresented the Lord, that it grieves the Lord, and that people will let you down, but the Lord will not.
Anyway, a lot of the guys said “That Church on T…I know where it is!!!” Another one that got saved, lives right up the street. As an exhortation to the congregation, please be aware of the needs of these new believers and welcome them to the body of Christ with open arms.