Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:8-10
This is where myself and several others were this past weekend on a mission trip with the North Carolina Baptist Men and Southside Baptist Church. We had an amazing trip with around 30 of us going in a convoy of trucks, atv’s, a tractor, a shuttle bus, and enough chain saws to turn the world upside down for Jesus.
In two days of work our crew managed to complete 24 jobs, that translates to sharing the gospel with 24 families and putting the word of God into their hands. God is good! I absolutely love going on these trips, running around on ATV’s, using power tools, and all this in Jesus name. But what is absolutely wonderful about these trips are the chances to talk one on one with the homeowners about why we are there. People tend to be really curious to see why people travel halfway across the country to cut a handful(or sometimes a lot) of trees in their yard. Pastor Peter put it wonderfully when he simply told a guy Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” The chainsaws and four-wheelers are only a tool to share the gospel. It is that whole “Go therefore…” thing Jesus talked about in Matthew’s gospel. I love it.
I was able to have one really awesome conversation with a guy named Clint for about an hour while everyone else was working on his yard. About 40 minutes of this conversation was gospel centered. The conversation was very productive and he has a copy of God’s word to read. I’m diligently praying for Clint, that God would bring him into salvation through our small work in his yard, and the people around him, including a brother training for ministry. I ask that you too would pray for Clint, and all the others we were able to share the gospel with.
We were also able to help out several brothers and sisters in the Lord while we were in Kentucky. It is wonderful to be able to do so, and see the joy of Christ in the life of his church.
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to god. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:10-15