Monday, March 24, 2014

God is at Work!!!

It is so hard to put into words all that God is doing on the Gila River and Tohono O'odham Reservations!!  It is too much to write and explain all in one blog post, but I would like to give you all a brief update.

Just last week, we had a mission team from Hardin Baptist Church in Hardin, KY come out to help.  We were able to do 2 different Kids Camps since it was spring break here- 1 in the village of Cockleburr and 1 at First Pima in Sacaton. 

It was the largest Kids Camp event we have ever had in Sacaton.  Kids just kept coming!!  Every night there were more kids than the night before :)  The last night we had a total of 109!!!  Out of that number, at least 85 do not attend church regularly or at all.  It is so awesome to think that every single child that attended last week was able to hear the Gospel and know that Jesus loves them and died for them!!  We are so thankful for the opportunity to love and teach them, and we pray that they would continue to come to First Pima so that they can learn more and eventually surrender their lives to Him!!

Not only was First Pima great, but so was Cockleburr!!  We had about 20-25 children attend Kids Camp there.  And let me tell you- those kids know the Fruit of the Spirit!!  It is so encouraging to see how far they have come over the past 3 years.  Please continue to pray for the children there, especially the older ones.  Many of them are very close to surrendering their lives to Christ!

But the most encouraging thing of all, is that God is raising up a group of men in that village that love Him and want to follow Him!!  It literally brings me to tears.  I look back over the past 3 years and think of the times that we were frustrated and wanted to give up, and then I thank God for giving us the strength to keep going.  You guys- it's just so hard for me to describe it to you.  It's just awesome to see the change taking place.

Two of the men, Lawrence and Tyler, decided to be obedient to the Lord and follow him in baptism.  They know and understand that baptism does not save them.  They know it is publicly showing to the world that they follow Christ and that they are new creations.  In a village where not a lot of other people are following Jesus, it would have been easy to say no.  But these men- they were ready to step up and be the first in the village!  Do you realize the significance of that?  They were the very first people to EVER be baptized in the village!!!  It leaves me speechless.

Here is a short video of the baptism so that you all can rejoice and praise the Lord with us for all that He is doing!!

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