This past Saturday people from more than 20 churches and businesses as well as the city government worked together to bless about 2,000 people who are in crisis situations. We weren't there to promote our churches. Indeed there were no church names visible anywhere for this was not about a church body. It was about Jesus Christ.
This was my first time at this event and I was encouraged to walk around the grounds when I had a moment. I have to tell you, I was amazed by what I saw. There was a giant tent crammed with bags of groceries which had been lovingly donated and packed. Another equally large tent contained racks and stacks of clothing where participants could do some shopping and also select one big item such as furniture to take home.
Several dentists had brought a "dental van" where people could get x-rays, get their teeth cleaned, get fillings or... even have a tooth extracted, all free of charge. Another tent offered massages and still another one had some hairstylists available to give haircuts. There were also some resource tables where people could get information on organizations where they could find some help.
There were musicians playing, a children's area with inflatables and a puppet stage and games for people to play. There was a prayer tent where volunteers would pray for people desiring prayer and there were volunteers who moved through the crowd, getting to know people and pray for them where they were. We sang songs, listened to musicians, listened to testimonies and speakers, listened to people who were hurting and of course, prayed.
I worked in the prayer tent on Saturday morning and in the afternoon I popped popcorn for people who shyly asked how much a bag of popcorn cost. Their eyes lit up and they grinned when I would say, "No charge."
I could not tell you how many people turned their lives over to Christ on Saturday. I can only tell you that for a few hours a number of people were reminded that they are not alone in this world. They are loved and the people who reminded them gave them a glimpse of the God who loves them.
As I looked at the bright, smiling faces, many of whom live in darkness, I was reminded that we are to shine the light of Christ in this world. We did it that day, not by being isolationists focusing on our own four church walls but by joining together and laboring with others within the Body of Christ.
I would love to have been there with you! I would happily have taken charge of a popcorn maker. We are truly blessed to be a blessing to others, my friend.
i would have loved to be there also giving away some of my cakes and passing on baking tips to all who were open to listen. be blessed and thank you