Our CSM and HSVEC workers have been holding Bible studies in the homes of parents of sponsored children. These parents attend Bible study here at the mission on Saturdays and some come for the Naomi’s Sisters activities at other times during the week. What is special about what is happening in these home bible studies is that the parents are inviting our workers to come to their neighborhoods or villages and use their homes as leaping off points to reach their neighbors and friends. As these parents have grown in their faith through the mission activities, they are opening their doors and helping us share God’s word out farther to others who do not come to the mission.
On Monday, December 8, many of those who have been attending these home Bible studies came to the mission for a Thanksgiving celebration. Over 100 people packed into our Junior Church room. We had a time of worship led by parents with the support of some of our Praise and Worship team members. Following worship, a Pastor spoke. He gave his testimony and challenged everyone to move closer to God and to trust God with all aspects of their lives. He shared how his life had changed after he came to know the Lord. Many listening were moved to tears. They heard the story of a man who has been transformed – whose life has been drastically changed by God. His testimony was an encouragement to all who heard it –to those who have not yet given their lives to the Lord, to those who are new believers, and to those who are further along in their faith journeys.
Meaningful testimonies were given by parents who shared their stories of life before meeting Jesus and the changes that have taken place in their lives. A lunch was provided– what we would call a “potluck” in the U.S. The parents brought in food to share with those who had been invited.
On this day, people came to the mission who had never been here before, including some Muslim friends. They heard the word of God. They experienced worship. They shared a meal. Everyone had a wonderful time. Seeds were planted and hearts were opened to Jesus. What better definition could there be of a Thanksgiving Celebration?
More pictures of this event can be seen at the Naomi’s Heart Mission Website at http://www.naomisheartmission.org.