An Update from Margie, June 2015
Dear praying friends,
Thank you so much for your prayers for this ministry. I know many of you said you would be praying for my strength and health as the children would be out of school. God answered beautifully. I have been able to be at St. Cloud an extra two days per week to feed the children breakfast and lunch. The blessing is that there is a smaller group now due to summer school, but that will change on Friday. Fortunately, I have been able to have some quality time with the children, and another blessing is that I have had help from some local churches.
Northwood Presbyterian church youth came and spent four wonderful days with us at St. Cloud. They took the children to the park every day except one so that they could run and play and kick a ball without being "in trouble" God also gave them some great conversations with the kids. The best news was how Father provided good weather during their visit. Rain was predicted each day, but we had wonderful weather, and as you know we had massive floods the next week. Thank you, Northwood, for coming!!
Food: First Baptist church Katy and Kingsland Baptist Church have been providing food for the kids this summer. Thank you so much for your help!! We have enjoyed the fruit juice and milk along with our healthy snacks!! We also learned to make banana smoothies.
World Refugee Day: Much thanks to Kara and Sarah for taking the responsibility to represent Loaves & Fishes ministry at the World Refugee Day event at St. Thomas University in Houston. Kara reported that they had fun and met some wonderful people. Praise God for the opportunities He gives to the ministry and for the volunteers that step up to help.
Spiritual growth: Sometimes you don't know how God is working in the children's hearts, only that He is working. When teacher Lisa taught on Father's day, she talked about our Heavenly Father and how we could communicate with Him. When she asked the students how we could communicate with Him, one of the children, Jose, said through the Bible and through prayer. This week, I had Jose and his sister talking to me and telling me how when their grandmother comes to visit, she prays to Virgen de Guadalupe (Virgin Mary) and makes them repeat prayers. Marianne, Jose's sister, said Jose often falls asleep and grandmother slaps him to keep him awake. (ouch) That led to the Bible story about Jesus (son of God) in the Garden and how His disciples also fell asleep when they were suppose to watch and pray! (Luke 22:45-46 Good News Translation) Thank you Sally for teaching me how to sow seeds through stories.
Thank God for volunteers who have come this month to hang out with the children and those who are coming next month for a field trip and also to have a play date. As we come prepared (prayed up) to do His will, He is faithful to give us opportunities to sow seeds or water seeds or?? The best part is the friendships that are made and relationships built. I have learned from IMB experiences overseas that most non Christians won't read a Bible, but they read His people like a book.
Thank you for taking time to read this and for praying.
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full" Proverbs 19:17