Every couple weeks, we ask the same question:
This could be something that happened to you, something you witnessed someone else do, or a story you saw that spoke to your heart. Examples include:
You saw a news story of Christ at work in the world.
You saw someone do something extraordinarily kind for someone else.
Someone came to help you in your time of need in an unexpected way.
You witnessed someone accept Christ as their Savior or be baptized.
Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our own little world that we fail to look for signs of Christ working in the world around us. This often leads us to believe that Christ isn’t working. I’m hoping that by consistently posing this question, it will remind us to be looking for evidence that Christ is still at work through his people. Some weeks, we may not get any stories. Some weeks, we may get a lot of stories. But I want the opportunity to always be there for you to share stories of how Christ is at work as a way to encourage Christians to stay strong in the faith.
John 13:34-35: [Jesus said] “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I hope you will join me in sharing your stories! If you have a story and don’t want to wait for the next post, feel free to go back and find the previous post and share your story there!
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A small group from our church went on a "partnership" trip (kind of like a mission trip but building a relationship that goes both ways) to Utah a couple weeks ago. We saw so many ways that God is still at work. We heard stories of how God is working on people's hearts even while they are in the Morman/LDS church to call them to himself. We felt instant connections with our brothers and sisters in the faith. We saw God working in the hearts of our team to understand the joy of serving others. We had great discussions on how to help young people connect with their faith. It's always interesting to be in a different environment than what you are used to at home. Sometimes it's easier to see how God is at work.
(This is Hannah's mom writing this...) I have seen God at work in His provision for our family over the last several months, both financially and in other ways. My husband lost his job at the end of 2021, after 22 years with the company, and is still looking for another job. It's been quite a roller coaster ride of emotion, but I have seen over and over again God's faithfulness and provision for us. Our children attended church camp this year and through gifts from our church and anonymous givers, we didn't have to pay anything for them to attend. We have been a part of a homeschool co-op for several years and when it was time to pay our tuition for the year, we received our invoice and half of our tuition was covered because of an anonymous gift. Through the public school systems lunch programs, the kids have been able to get free lunches 4 days a week. Another public school in our area has a grocery pick-up once a week where we have gotten lots of fruit, veggies, main meal items, and breakfast items for several meals. It's made a significant difference in our grocery bill for the last couple of months. My daughter and I went on a missions trip in July and through her fundraising efforts, she paid the remaining cost of my flight ticket and hers (the church helped cover the remaining portion), and covered all of our lunch cost while we were there. Just the other day, I had done some grocery shopping and the only item I needed was a zucchini, which I had planned to pick up at a farmer's market the next day. However, I had gone over to our parents' house, and at the end of my time there was asked if I'd like a zucchini from their garden. We also got some potatoes from one of their gardens. We have also received some monetary gifts/gift card at church from anonymous givers and it has been a tremendous blessing. We don't know everyone who has given to us, but I am always overwhelmed at God's goodness to us during this time. I have been incredibly blessed by the generosity of others and the many prayers that are being prayed on our behalf. God is so good.