Day 5 in Baltimore started off with a morning team devotional from John 21:15-19 by our brother Eli. He highlighted from the word Christ's clear call upon the life of disciple Peter - and for all those who would follow Him - to shepherd people as an expression of our love and worship to God. It helped put things in perspective as we set out on another busy day of ministry, reminding us that we must first love God before we are able to serve and love those whom He would sovereignly place in our path. Similar to the previous 2 days, we began our time helping out with kids' camp (VBS) held at the neighborhood park. Through the song, puppets, games, and Bible teaching, we were able to proclaim Jesus as King and shine the light of Christ in a community known for rampant homicide and drug activity.
After lunch we moved on to doing street and open air evangelism outreach, first at the Inner Harbor area, followed by central bus station at Mondawmin. Sent out in pairs, we were led by the Lord to a number of good conversations about the gospel. As seeds of the gospel are planted and watered, we look entirely to the Lord to cause the growth and draw lost sheep to Himself. We ended our full day at the home of the Weaver family, enjoying a home cooked meal and sharing testimonies of God's goodness and grace in allowing us to participate in His kingdom work.
It has been a true privilege and amazing experience to partner with our brothers and sisters from Baltimore Bible Church. "Scatter Week" is one of the highlights of the year for their church, as many of them take time off work to serve together - whether in helping out with the kids' camp, going out and doing street evangelism, hosting meals for the team, or praying for gospel opportunities. It has been a great encouragement for me to see at the same time the burden they have for the lost and the joy they express in simply being faithful to Christ and His commands as they take the message of the gospel to those who desperately need it in their community. As I consider the unique opportunities we have back home, my hope is that our church would know that same joy that comes with loving and obeying Christ.
Please pray for the team to adorn the compassion, humility and truth of Christ in all our interactions with one another and those to whom we are ministering.
Please continue to pray for salvation for the people we encounter in Baltimore, from the youngest to the oldest, that they would experience the life-transforming power of the gospel.
Please pray that we would labor in complete dependence upon the Lord, especially as the week goes by and fatigue sets in.