Me, Kevin, & the Vietnamese man we met treasure hunting 🙂
This week was so busy!
Monday-Wednesday we learned how to study the Word with Pastor Tim, from New Life church. He taught us how to look at scripture and understand the context and meaning behind it. We even got to practice in groups by teaching the class a scripture! It was really amazing to see the difference in reading the Bible once you understand the genre and context and learn how to look up words in the original language to see what they really mean.
Thanksgiving day arrived out of the blue it seemed! Our Thanksgiving was not traditional by the American standard. Starting at 7:30am Thursday, we began our Thanksgiving outreach! Little did I know, I was about to embark on a life changing, sleep depriving, fun, exciting, Jesus sharing three days. Thursday, we got in our outreach groups (Josh, Marin, Marina, Lisette, Drew, Vania, Liz, April, Kevin, and me) and departed for our first stop. We first went to Bardstown road distributed Bible’s to people in the local neighborhood. After we distributed Bible’s, we were invited to a nearby church to enjoy a free Thanksgiving lunch and socialize with the church members and people who came to eat (some were homeless, people who stopped by while working, etc). It was so amazing to talk with and share with the people we met there. Their stories were lovely and it was so awesome to just fellowship with them and share Jesus! Later that day, we went to Baxter (a poor and less fortunate community) and raked people’s yards for them! It was so fun to just bless people with something as simple as raking their yard. We even got to play with some of the neighborhood kids and build leaf piles with them!
Marin raking leaves
Josh is excited to start raking (:
Thursday night, we all got together to have a Thanksgiving meal. We had turkey, stuffing, creamed corn, and sweet potatoes. It was AMAZING! Friday morning came way too quickly though. We all got together for worship and fellowship before we left for ministry time. My group first went to a nursing home to sit and talk with the residents and sing with them. I got to talk to a sweet lady named Verna (who reminded me so much of my late great grandmother). She was so sweet and just told me about her past and her life. She was truly a blessing to talk to and learn about. Friday night was amazing too! We got to go to Light up Louisville and see all the Christmas lights in downtown Louisville turn on!
Then Saturday morning we started off again for our last day of ministry. We went on a Treasure Hunt!! That just means we prayed for God to show us a person or give us a description of someone to meet and then we go find them 🙂 We went to St. Matthews mall and partnered up. Kevin and I were partners and as we started walking around the mall, we saw our man! He was a little old Vietnamese man, sitting alone on a bench, just staring into the crowd. I knew I wanted to talk to him but I didn’t say anything to Kevin, but then Kevin told me he wanted to talk to him so I know it was a God thing. We sat down and talked to him and learned that he was a captain in the army and was captured by the Viet-Cong and was tortured and held as a POW for 8 years, leaving behind a wife and new born son. His life story was truly amazing and inspiring. I was in awe of his sacrifice. Kevin and I also got to share the Lord with him and just enjoy that God brought us to him. Saturday afternoon we went distributing Bible’s again to a different neighborhood and Josh and I were partners. We came up on this one house and met another guy named Josh! We got to talk with him about the Lord and he was very vulnerable with his life and shared his hurt and confusion of his purpose in life. I wasn’t sure what to say, but all of a sudden God brought to my mind all the words I needed to say to him! I was amazing and I felt like I was able to share with him the word of God! The man told me I hit the nail on the head with everything I said and I was so excited that Josh and I could meet with him and just share how the Lord loves him and wants a bright future for him. It was life changing (:
Now its Sunday and I still didn’t get any rest from this weekend! So off to sleep I go. I can’t believe I’ll be home in 12 days!
Much love & Blessings,