Watching the Church Grow!
As I stood back and took the pictures that you see here of the Mobile Medical and Dental clinics during an outreach at Healing Place Church’s Spanish campus this past Saturday, August 18, 2007, I paused and thought, what was it like for the first century church?
I watched the excitement of a people, both volunteer servants and those being served, and everyone was full of life. There were children playing, people eating, people just waiting and talking. Everywhere you looked there was something going on. At times, in the natural, things seemed to get a little chaotic.
I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but there was a buzz in the air. What I was watching were the sights and sounds of the church growing. All you have to do is look at scripture in the book of Acts to see the end result of a people meeting the needs of others to see that the Church was growing and the Gospel of Jesus Christ was being spread.
We have an awesome opportunity and responsibility to pray with each and every person who comes through the clinic at each of our sites. The impact of the prayer and our serving is powerful. At the end of each clinic we have lunch provided for all the volunteers and a special thing happens during this fellowship. We talk about the events of the day and what God has done. As our pastor, Pastor Dino Rizzo
, is always fond of saying, “It is amazing how much can be done for Jesus Christ when no one cares who gets the credit”. And that is exactly what happens during our lunch gatherings. Not a single volunteer ever says look at what I did, but, rather the spirit present is one of humility and deep appreciation for what God Almighty has done.
Jesus Christ is building His Church and it is fun to watch and marvel at. I just want to encourage you today, if you don’t have a good view of watching the church grow where you are today, you may just want to change seats. Ask God to place you in a place where you can watch the church grow. I know you won’t be disappointed for God is faithful and who knows…God may just use you as He grows His Church!
Because He Lives,
Joseph and Cheri LeBlanc
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