Friday, January 09, 2009

Therefore ENCOURAGE one another and build one another up, just as you are doing...

Some days in Bay St. Louis, no matter how beautiful the weather or how "productive" the day may seem...we become weary. The task is too big. We do not have enough to give. Yesterday was one of those days. I walked through the main building thinking "I hate this town that takes so long to recover. I hate the systems that do not work; I hate the corruption that has harmed so many. I am weary, and what is worse, I do not feel the love for Bay St. Louis or her people that I am called to feel." I decided to go for a drive and deliver popsicles-get out of the office, bring some encouragement to the volunteers, and maybe remind myself of what we are doing. Instead, I was the one encouraged. God brought me a 5th time volunteer--a faithful friend and encourager of Lagniappe. He began, out of the blue, to tell me about God's work in His church back home. God is raising up missionaries. He is using Lagniappe as a spring board for His church to consider acts of mercy in their neighborhoods across the United States. "You cannot even know the way God is using this church to draw others into His mission of redemption and restoration," he said. "Please know that our church prays faithfully for you all in the trenches...it is all we can do." There is a Biblical mandate for encouragement because God designed us to need Him, and to need each other. Yesterday I was reminded of God's faithfulness, of His sovereign work throughout this country (and the world), and of His graciousness in using Lagniappe. I was pointed back to the cross, and drew encouragement from the words and prayers of my brother in Christ. I went to encourage the volunteers with popsicles, and I left encouraged myself by the prayers and words of those I went to serve.

2 comments:

Overcomer said...

I am praying the Lord will continue to encourage you so you do not lose heart. My son had such a heart for Bay St. Louis he could not rest until we agreed to let him spend a year there (Zack Roeleveld). I am praying he will grow deeper in his faith walk as he lives his dream of helping to rebuild. Through his one week trips there through the years, he developed a heart for Bay St. Louis and helping rebuild. We've parted with him for the year out of love for the Lord and for the people of Bay St. Louis. I will hold your heart up in prayer as I can imagine the work is wearing. God bless!

Ashley said...

thank you for sharing, sarah. i think i needed to hear that. your encouragement reaches farther than you think :) 2 corinthians 1:3-7.