Amid this difficult season for the church, the congregation rallied together to support children in Rwanda and share the hope of Jesus with them.
This event reminded them of their purpose as a church. They saw what God can do when his people are committed to saying yes to him.
“In the middle of this really hard time at our church, it brought our eyes back to our mission as followers of Jesus. Our mission to love people and children and take care of them,” Lindsay says.
God brought healing and focus to the congregation as they united to care for children halfway across the world.
And it wasn’t just a few adults who said yes. This was an intergenerational experience in obedience. The children of the congregation were also moved to respond.
Stacie brought her kids and her friend’s son, Will, to walk through the Experience. After she explained what to expect, Will said, “You know, there are a lot of people who need help. You’ve got two choices: You can turn away, or you can do something. I want to do something every time.”
Other kids in the church family were enthusiastic about the Experience too. Some sponsored children with their own money. Others went through several times and encouraged their friends and family to join.
Marie, Stacie and Lindsay were encouraged by the younger generation’s response. “We adults over-complicate things,” Marie shares. “It’s very simple for children. They think, There’s a need. I can meet it, so I’m going to meet it.” Lindsay continues, “I’ve been able to see a remnant of little generations being brought up to love the Lord and love other people. And I am so hopeful of these little ones coming up and their hearts for others.”
Stacie’s prayer is that all this would be a seed. This is not a climactic moment — it’s a part of the bigger story, the start of everything else that’s to come. As these three women look to the future, they don’t know exactly what’s next, but they have a lot of hope. Stacie reflects, “God says, ‘Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know’ (Jer. 33:3, NIV). He says to just follow him, one step at a time. Sometimes we can’t plan because we can’t know those things. But he knows.”
“This all started with the willingness of a small group to say yes,” Marie adds. “They wanted our church family to say yes. And our church said yes.”
Stacie encourages others to offer God that same kind of willingness, because you never know what it may start. “Pay attention to what God’s already doing, say yes to him, and just watch him put things together that we could never figure out.”