Jesus is on the move in Waveland, MS. Sometimes you have to look a bit harder and use enlightened eyes of discernment, but He is working. Yesterday, we went to worship at Bay Vista Baptist Church in Biloxi, MS and heard an incredible message on Philippians 1:21 - "For me to live is Christ, to die is gain." We have been thinking about that quite a bit the last few days. We are living that out right now, and are finding true life, our reason for existing. Jesus. Here's a picture of the team, gathered like the early church around the common table, laughing, sharing life, and on mission. Praise God.
We had some amazing experiences with people yesterday. Christ was shared with dozens of folks in one on one conversation. We passed out flyers on Pathfinder Mission and also about our 4th of July picnic. We prayed with so many hurting people - their stories of survival and of life on the coast since the storm are courageous and heart breaking at the same time. Many people gave their hearts to Christ in the days after the storm as they thanked Him for living through it. God is bringing us to those people to encourage and bring together into a congregation. Pray that their hearts are receptive and that the chains of religion that keep them from joining a body of believers are broken.
Hazel is one of the people that God is speaking to these days. She lost her home and is living in a FEMA trailer. She is waiting on a team to come from Massachusetts in October to put her home back together. They promised. She is waiting. I pray that they keep their promise and that it wasn't just made in haste so they would feel better about themselves. There is a little old lady in Waveland, MS who believed them and is waiting patiently. May God help them if they do not fulfill their word.
So many people. So many stories. Tomorrow, as I said, we are trying to gather people together to celebrate the 4th. So many people we've talked to do not have any plans. We are going to try and provide a sense of community, join with them in throwing a party, and also share gifts with them and let them share with us. Mike, a guy who almost came to Christ yesterday, asked if he could bring something. I said, "Yeah, bring some shrimp if you can." We're going to try and boil shrimp along with the chicken and other sides. We'll see if that works out. Please pray for us as we finish up the trip today and tomorrow. We've seen God do great things. We believe Him for more.