Monday, June 4, 2012

Fuel to the Fire - Reaching In, Reaching Out (Missions)

My Sam has a heart for missions. "It's what I want to do," he says. "When I grow up." I don't know what will happen with Samuel. That's between him and God. But last week a friend poured fuel on the fire.

Last week a friend reached in.

Our friend Teresa came to share about recent mission trips to the country of Moldova. She's gone seven times. The Lord has burdened her heart for others, too. Steady and firm.

"This picture is of the prayer room," Teresa said. "Where the gospel is shared."

 Sam's eyes locked on her computer screen. His questions came hard and fast.

What a beautiful thing, when someone reaches in.

Teresa brought maps. Bibles translated to Romanian and Russian. A video presentation. And pictures. Pictures of children at Bible school. Pictures of believers in prayer.

Pictures of a gentleman's hands healed, after forty-year pain. Pictures of His work to His glory from the fullness of His grace.

And Samuel was captivated. Held tight.

Before she left, Teresa asked Samuel to read Luke 10:2 ~

He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers."

And a table of young men were changed. Convicted.

Because a friend took the time and love,

with His grace and goodness,

to see the gentle yearnings in a young heart,

and she reached right in.

Lord, thank you for Teresa and the others who reach into my boys. Help me to reach into the young lives around me, too. And Lord, most of all, develop our hearts to take your love and reach right out...

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