Another day went by too quickly here at Baltimore. This morning we were able to continue to support Baltimore Bible Church in the kids’ camp by being there for them in any means they needed. At first, there weren’t a lot of children that showed up to kids’ camp. We could count the amount of children on one hand and I could tell that it was a little discouraging to the church members’ that labored so hard to put this camp together to preach the gospel to the families living in the community. I was encouraged to hear them acknowledge that they were discouraged and then remind themselves that they did not put this camp together for themselves, but they did it to glorify God and share the gospel. They also said that if no more other kids showed up then the camp would still be worth it. Was it not going to be worth it for the few kids that showed up? No! It was worth it for them. I was so encouraged by the church and their attitude behind what they do and why they do it. With that being said, you could see the joy from everyone as a new kid approached the table to register and join the camp. God brought each child to the camp that he wanted to and it has been a tremendous blessing to see these children learn the gospel and be receptive to it.
Today, as Ted and I walked a boy, Nigul, home so that he could go to the restroom, we were able to go over what he was learning as a means to share the gospel to him. This was a learning experience for me because I don’t have as much experience with sharing the gospel to children. He definitely challenged me in how I articulated the gospel and thankful Ted was there to help since he has more experience (especially since he has three children of his own). At the end of the conversation and I asked him if it made sense to him and he said no. I was discouraged a little and I didn’t know what to say but Ted said to him that it is okay and that he will be learning more about it tomorrow. Ted also encouraged me by saying I did well and we are planting seeds for them. It was a great reminder for me that no matter what I say or how I articulate things, I do not save man but God is the one that saves.
As the day went on, instead of going out with Baltimore Bible Church to evangelize, we had a team debrief for a few hours. We were able to share about different things that were encouraging and also challenging for us. A common thing that was mentioned that people were encouraged about was the church. The heart that this church has to make sure the gospel is being shared is seen with their boldness, their speech, and their attitudes. We shared how it has challenged us to be reminded that every moment is an opportunity to share the gospel and that the opportunity will not simply come to you because it is already there. Thus, I encourage everyone at home that is supporting us in pray to challenge yourself to share the gospel at least once today.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am week, then I am strong.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
As the camp comes to an end tomorrow, please be praying for the children and their families. Each kid will bring home a child friendly ESV bible and a book about the gospel to take home to read and hopefully share with those around them. Please pray that they can come to truly understand the gospel and know Christ as their savior. Pray that the kids can be a light to their families and that their families will be saved. Pray for Baltimore Bible Church as they follow up with the children and their families after camp and please pray that overall, God will save those according to His will.