“Don’t be nervous; Moses started out as a basket case!”
While we wait for things to take shape in our offices on Kings Home Drive we are forging ahead in outreach. On April 29 we spent the day with eight precious ladies who are residents in Kings Home Tuscaloosa shelter. It seemed obvious at first that they were there because they were mandated. Many things had gone wrong. We could not get childcare and at the last minute used our own teenagers (they were such a blessing! They keep talking about how much fun they had loving on the children).Then, when we arrived so did the paramedics! One of the ladies was having severe medical problems and had to be transported to the hospital and her baby to its grandmother.
The group of ladies we had come to serve were dwindling. We started much later than planned. It was a difficult beginning. During the lunch break many of the ladies went outside and I thought they would not come back in. They did though and all sat quietly as my daughter sang. We opened for prayer and at first no one moved, then suddenly a lady came up and began weeping. It was the same lady who came, then left, and came back again. She admitted to the group that she knew the enemy was trying to keep her from attending but that she was so thankful she made that walk back to the service. The heaviness that we had felt immediately broke.
I looked over and saw one of the tough-looking ladies standing, head-bowed and hands raised as two of our team prayed. Then one by one came the others, even staff. We prayed for about ten people. Then, when we arrived so did the paramedics! One of the ladies was having severe medical problems and had to be transported to the hospital and her baby to its grandmother.
We are learning to be flexible and roll with the punches. None of our outreach days have been identical but all have ended with our staff knowing that God showed up, lives were changed, and we were the hands and feet of Jesus!