Saturday, November 18, 2006

 

Outreach group started

A struggling Christian couple wanted to start a group in their home. However, no one was interested. The lady of the couple began to teach sewing to several children, some youth and a hand full of adults. For one month, she had them in her small home every weeknight and invited me to come and share with her students on Friday night. Between this couple and myself, we provided popcorn, cheese puffs and cheap soft drinks. I went on Friday nights, and taught them some stories from the Bible, including the creation stories -that God created the spirit world and everything in it. The second story was the creation of the earth including Adam and Eve. The story of the ten commandments followed, and with that story, I summed Moses' hope up in three ways: first of all, he had the ten commandments, secondly, he had the sacrificial system and thirdly, he had the promise of a coming messiah that would take away the sins of the world. Finally, I told the story of Jesus and the woman at the well who was waiting for that messiah. She found hope in the messiah, Jesus. Then she told the men to come meet the man who told me everything that I have ever done. They went to the well, and met their messiah as well.

The sewing class ended on the 17th. When it was over, we talked, and the adults that were there decided that some of them would be interested in continuing. We would meet on Friday nights at 8:00PM. One of the key ladies needed work. She asked me to pray that God would give her a job. Within a couple of weeks, her employer called her and asked her to come to work. She had previously quit her job because of long hours, and little pay. She works between 5:30AM and 7:30PM without a break, six days a week. She, her husband, and her cousin and her cousin's husband, and the couple who have been so hospitable to open their home plan to attend the NOG. I know that within the group, there is a history of family violence, alcoholism, and a general lack of hope.


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