Thursday, June 21, 2007
A Little Help From Our Friends
This week, our congregation was blessed to host a Sports Camp conducted by 30 Youth of the First Baptist Church of Lewisville, Texas. This group came to the Detroit area eager to work and ready for anything. During the evenings, they form a concern choir of well over 120 people, putting on performances throughout the Metro Detroit area at homes for troubled youth, senior citizens centers, and local churches - even a few places as far as an hour from their base of operations! During the day, they break up into four teams and conduct Sports Camps like the one they held for us. They even stopped in various cities during their 3-day bus trip here to do one day events and concerts during each travel day!
Missions like this are of incalculable value for a smaller church like ours. We have been blessed since our beginning by brothers and sisters from other cities taking to heart the Great Commission call to serve the Lord all over the world. It was wonderful to see young children being encouraged to try new sports and make new friends in a safe and secure setting where they also experienced the unconditional love that is the hallmark of true Christianity.
There was nothing fancy about the work this wonderful team did. They came armed with loving hearts, willing hands, and a little time that made a world of difference throughout the metro Detroit community. When they left they didn't just leave behind memories, they left ALL the sporting equipment they brought with them so that we could share the joy in future events we will hold to minister to the community on our own.
The Beatles were right when they said "I get by with a little help from my friends", and I thank the Lord for friends like First Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas. I think with friends like them, we'll do more than "get by" - we'll actually surge ahead in the work the Lord has given us to do. Until next time,