keylife mission team
& compassion crusade: louisiana
I spent the last few days with 18 other people from my family of faith in New Caney—KeyLife Fellowship— engaged in our Compassion Crusade:Louisiana! My heart still breaks as we ride through the streets and see that there are still homes under construction, being cleaned out, or just sitting in devastation. After 7 months, people are still facing and working through the struggles to have one of the basic needs we all have—a shelter, a place of refuge, a home!! I’m reminded that God is our Shelter, our place of Refuge, and yet so many do not know that!
Our team joined forces with 2 other teams—one from Missouri and one from Alabama—to come alongside Stevendale Baptist Church (SBC) to help in their rebuilding process. They are a band of about 100 followers whose place of worship took on water during the flood. Every part of their campus has been gutted and needs repair. They are currently worshipping in their fellowship area, while the rest of the buildings on campus are being restored.
Our group from KeyLife spent time working on a building they are turning into a bunk house to be used for teams coming to work and will one day be a place for summer camp participants and/or camp leaders to stay. We framed up the inside to put bathrooms, showers, and bedding areas.
One group of our team cleaned a building that will become the administrative building. It had to be cleaned again and treated to prevent mold. The group cleaned and organized it, and it is ready for rebuild to begin. Some painted different things, some moved wood from one room to another and created a room for organizing all of the electrical supplies needed for the rebuild…boxes and boxes and boxes and more boxes of different kinds of electrical doodads.
Others used the shop vac to clean the walls of the sanctuary. I was amazed as I watched not only our team but the other teams as well. G0d did so much in a short amount of time simply because when He asked, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” Some people like Isaiah heard Him calling and answered, “Here am I, send me!"
malian harvester mission team
On Monday March 13 through Wednesday March 15, a team of 7 Malians left from the capital to share the gospel in the village from where our brother Solo’s family came. Two weeks before Solo died he had visited them and had the opportunity to share with the chief and others his testimony about Jss. Joining this group were 2 leaders from villages that we have been working in and 6 followers from neighboring villages. This team joined the pastor who is living and serving in B@ to share the Good News!
While in Louisiana I received a text from the Harvesters which said that on the first night, 8 people gave their lives to Jss. Then on Wednesday morning I woke up to another text that said, “On Tuesday, 35 adults and 25 children gave their lives to Jss!” Tears welled up in my eyes as I considered the greatness of our God. What an incredible work God had prepared and done through His servants. What a work He has done in the lives of each one who said, “Yes!” when God called out and said, “Come, follow me!!”
Again, I stand amazed as I consider how God called out to these Malian men and women saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” They answered, “Here am I , send me!” Lives were changed and new journeys with God have begun!!
Please join us in praying for these new followers!! Pray for them to be strengthened as they learn to walk with Him, as they seek to understand what it means to be a follower of Jss, and as they grow into true disciples!! Pray for Pastor Bart as he seeks to follow up with each one of these new followers and walk with them as they seek to know God more intimately!!