Before I share where God led our group, I would like to first say that for me, this was not as much a time to serve others, but a time to be served. I feel I can speak for our group when I say that this experience, and spending time with the families we met, blessed us tremendously and opened our eyes in so many ways.
I would like to share a few stories about what our Believe Group did during the "All-Out Serve" Sunday. Before I share where God led our group, I would like to first say that for me, this was not as much a time to serve others, but a time to be served. I feel I can speak for our group when I say that this experience, and spending time with the families we met, blessed us tremendously and opened our eyes in so many ways. It is a true testament to God’s Word, as he once again shows us that "Where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them" (Matthew 18:20). God was with us that day!
Our group got together in the previous weeks and we decided to split into smaller groups to serve in several different ways. We reached out to people and through Gods hand, numerous opportunities were provided. We were able to make arrangements to share with 3 families on All-Out Serve Sunday, and the day started out like this:
After Church, we met at one of our Group Member's homes for lunch where they graciously provided a great meal for us all to enjoy. Two of the family’s joined us, allowing for a great time of fun and fellowship. For the next few hours, we all learned more about each other as we shared stories, laughs, personal experiences, and maybe a few hurts and tears. It was not long before we were splitting up, and on our way.
The first family was a Husband and Wife that had recently experienced a tragic loss of Property. During a home fire, this family lost most of the things that were so important to them, not to mention the severe destruction to their home. Having to deal with the loss of important items and the physical burden of trying to clean up and put their lives back together was overwhelming. Half of our groups went to the home of this family and spent the afternoon helping them to go through some of their belongings and cleaning up. It was a very productive time of work and fellowship where God was able to bless everyone involved.
The second family was a Mother with two small children who had recently experienced a devastating time in their lives with the tragic loss of a loving Husband, Father, and Friend. With so many important tasks that follow, finding the time, strength, and available resources can be difficult. With our hearts going out to this family, It was brought to our attention that something as simple as having “a few minutes to yourself”, to take a deep breath, is a blessing. Our group reached out and were welcomed with open arms. The 2nd half of the group traveled to this family’s home where they offered to help in any way we could. The men in the group were able to help by taking the two children to the park for fun and games, while the Ladies of our group stayed to help with some paperwork, filing, cleaning and time of listening. Spending time with this family was a moving experience to our Believe group and a true blessing to us all.
After spending most the afternoon with these two families, our group met up at the home of one of our group members, parents. They too had recently experienced some difficult times, having some medical issues that limited their mobility. Although there was nothing in particular they wanted help with, we were moved to go to the house and spend some time in fellowship with them. We spent several hours at this family’s home where their family grilled a nice dinner for us all to enjoy. It was a beautiful evening as we sat in the back yard and visited, enjoying the stories and recapping all the blessing that we had felt throughout the day.
I know that everyone in our group really enjoyed our time together, sharing with these three wonderful families. Although we all started as strangers, through God’s Grace, well left as friends.