Intent on one purpose- Encouragement.
That was the sole purpose God had for our team this week; and God is a good God who offered LOTS of opportunities for us to do just that. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were spent with Family Affairs and we were able to encourage and love both the staff and the families they minister to. Monday and Tuesday morning we were given time to get to know the staff and minister to them through the encouragement of seeing the gold and calling it out. Hearing God's heart for this sweet staff and loving on them through fellowship with the Spirit is one of the most joyful and encouraging things we got to experience.
Monday and Tuesday afternoon, we were able to partner with the full and part time staff of Family Affairs to love on the kids in their after school program. Full of energy and excitement, each one warmed up to us immediately and allowed us the opportunity to spend a couple of hours doing life with them. Barbie Graham was even able to teach them a little about how to play tennis! But no matter the activity, they long to be seen as the amazing little people that they are and we LOVED getting to speak life into them. Faith also prayed for a little boy who had a headache and God healed him!
Wednesday Night continued our time with Family Affairs through worship led by Matt and Jenna Hale, Faith Boyce and Liz Kendrick. One of the kids there made the comment: "This is so much fun!" My. Thoughts. Exactly. Worship was full of life and joy as we sang and praised God together. And Liz Kendrick delivered an incredible message on Heart of Stone and Inner Vows. Our team afterwards spent time praying with and for people desiring to make an exchange with God- hardened hearts for pliable ones and freedom from things spoken over their lives. We saw burdens being lifted and hope restored. We saw a woman with gallstone pain be healed and another with knee pain healed. God is so good!
Thursday night God sent us to the Foundry; an incredible place God is using to minister through "Creative Compassion" (art and music coupled with ministry). Each week The Foundry opens her doors to any and all, to serve them a Meal of Hope. Our team greeted each guest with a smile and a delicious dinner, cooked by The Foundry staff, while Liz Kendrick and Faith Boyce led worship. Carmen Nelson brought the "spiritual meal" through her message of Forgiveness. Again, God used our team to pray with and for the people there that night. One of the ladies we prayed over, struggled with depression; God used our prayers to bless her with peace and release from feeling overwhelmed. She came empty and she left full!!
But what is even more incredible than the meal they serve each week, is the food they send home with the people that come. The staff continues the Meal of Hope by making to-go meals for each person and then passing out free groceries provided each week by one of the local grocery stores. I have never seen or felt so much joy in living out the statement Jesus made: "I was hungry and you fed me..."
Our joy was most definitely made complete through the opportunities God provided us to minister this week. We ended Thursday, pouring into the Foundry staff and interns, through prophetic ministry. Again, an incredible opportunity to hear the heart of God for each person and call out the gold! What a blessing to be able to pour into the lives of people who so selflessly and JOYFULLY serve the least of these.
Thank you for following our incredible journey and for your prayers!
Blog written by Charlotte Largen