An evening of worship, praise, and learning was the highlight of LTE 2015 this year. After a time of Welcome and Worship, the almost 300 attendees disbursed to their workshops to hear how to more effectively lead in their churches and ministries. We thank God for beautiful weather, but more importantly that we could lift His name up throughout the evening.
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Mark stood almost with tears in his eyes watching the group of young people paint his house. He said "It is a miracle that it's getting painted!" Earlier this year he looked at his house and had absolutely no idea how he was going to get the eaves, under the eaves, and the peak of his house painted, let alone the areas that were more easily reachable.
A year ago, Mark said he had most of his body fail - lungs, heart, and kidneys, so being able to stand and watch them paint was a miracle in and of itself.
Watching this group of young people from LaGrave Church SERVE paint his house was a clear example, Mark related, of God's love and grace for him. Mark said he knew about God prior to his health issues, but had not accepted Him into his life. He now gives God all praise in his life and knows that it is the work of his Savior working through these young people to touch his life, and show him that God cares.
It was powerful to hear the laughter and the fun they were having while I was talking with Mark, and their sharing with him their faith and love for Christ. I was able to spend some time talking with them and reemphasizing how they were being God's servants right in this neighborhood by showing their love for Mark. Neighbors were walking by wondering what was going on, so their work was being noticed - giving a great opportunity to share the gospel!
Mark wants his story shared as he said the world needs to know about Christ. He sees it in the faces and smiles of these young people and can feel God's presence during the entire time they were working.
We are called to be Christ's servants, and often it's not in what we say, but in what we do. Thank you LaGrave SERVE young people for sharing Christ with Mark and his neighborhood!
To see more pictures of this group, and the group that painted Kristen's house, go to Photos & Videos above and click on LaGrave SERVE 2015, or click Here.
By Bernita Tuingenga, VIS Co-Executive Director
This time of year always stirs in me a vast array of emotions. I find myself unable to fathom the amount of torture, pain, suffering, humility, disgrace and inhumane behavior that occurred leading up to the crucifixion and death of God’s perfect son, Jesus. Harder yet is to grasp that Jesus, sinless and perfect in every way, came to earth in human form to be that sacrifice and he did it to pay for all my sins. Knowing that I am unworthy of this gift, I mourn, I am sad, and I am humbled. I know my work is polluted with sin; I think, say and do things every day that disappoint God, I am undeserving; yet this gift is for me, for you and for all who believe. Simply put, this gift is grace, God’s grace poured out for you and me. I stand in awe and I want to loudly proclaim.... Read more