Wednesday, November 25, 2009
My cup is running over as I reflect on the wonderful time we had here in Timmonsville. In fact, it all started a couple weekends ago when Joshua was out doorknocking and inviting people to church. He met a family with ten children and one on the way. The man said that they had been looking for a good church and that his children would definitely go on Wednesday night to Bible Study. Well, on Wednesday five of his children did come along with nine other children we pick up each week for Bible Study. It was a full van, and we had an exciting ride to church.
Fast forward to Friday—Fun Fest at Bethany Church. Josh and Bro. Talbert set up a lot of games in the fellowship hall (You can check out the pics in the update in photos.) The activity started with tacos and nachos, then Joshua shared a devotion about thankfulness. After that he gave instructions for capture the flag kid style. It was so fun to watch and referee this game. When it started getting dark, we all came inside to play the games. The children were able to trade the candy they won at the games in for prizes. We were so excited to have twenty-three kids come to this activity in addition to several adult and teen helpers. As a thank you to the teens for helping with the activity, we took them bowling after dropping the kids off.
On Sunday, we were thrilled to have a van full again that morning! Children’s church attendance set a record. Even when we had three or four kids come to children’s church we were conscious of not worrying with numbers (but each number is a soul). That night, our church and Bay Branch Church celebrated Thanksgiving together. It was so exciting to have two sets of parents join us on the van for the service. Another full van. The Lord is blessing and more children are coming to hear about him.
Last night, we had Bible study for the adults while the kids were in the back practicing for our upcoming Christmas play on December thirteenth. I am so proud of the hard work the children have put into learning the songs for the play. They are traditional carols, but I was surprised how many they did not recognize. Praise the Lord for the kids whose parents bring them to church and those who ride with us on the van. They have been doing such a great job with the songs. We pray that this will be a good opportunity to get their family and friends in church to hear about the true meaning of Christmas. In fact, last night, four of our kids learned the true meaning of Christmas as the bowed their heads and prayed to trust in Jesus Christ. That is what it’s all about!!!