Be devoted to one another in Brotherly Love. Honor one another above yourselves. Rm 12.10

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Best Birthday Ever?

Today, we were informed, is a man named Rudy's birthday. He mentioned it in past weeks, and we told him that we would bring a cake down to celebrate, but he clearly didn't think we were serious. Because when we arrived, singing, with a beautiful chocolate cake and candles, a suprised Rudy claimed, "I think this is the best birthday ever." People from all over Love Park were coming over to get cake and give their "Happy Birthday" wishes to him. We were also blessed by the Goshen Baptist youth group, as they provided us with over 150 hoagies to give out for lunch today. This is incredibly awesome because there wasn't enough money to actually buy food for the lunches this week. Oh how God provides.

"It was so beautiful to see someone who I have come to know as more than an acquaintance over the past few weeks, and to just see Rudy [man in picture to the top right with cake] so genuinely happy... You could just see it on his face, that he felt special, he felt loved. He didn't have any plans on his birthday, and nobody would have even said Happy Birthday to him. But this day, so many eyes were on him, and he just sat there and soaked it in. Its amazing what baking and bringing a cake to someone on their birthday can do for them." -Kristy F

The 6.26 Team

Sunday, June 20, 2010

On A Search

Entering into the city, with hopes of encounters with old friends, we quickly hurried to Love Park on a search for them all. We unfortunately did not get to see many of them, but what we found was much greater. Different faces. New relationships. Changed lives.

"Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak with Mike. Mike lost his job and made a lot of bad decisions. He has only been homeless for 3 days and feels alone. He doesn't know any of the
other homeless there. I asked him if I could pray for him. He said yes, but lets pray for everyone here in this situation.

Later, another homeless man, Michael, went to Mike and told him to come hang with them anytime. Michael told Mike to not ever feel alone, 'especially since God is with you.'

The last man I met was Anwar. [in photo to the bottom right] Anwar came to me and asked if we could talk. He said that he screwed up his life and lost his wife because of alcohol. He also has 3 kids that he is separated from. He said, 'I'm scared, I can't do this no more.' He was screaming and crying. He was afraid that the others would make fun of him for crying, but he couldn't stop. He missed his kids sooo much. We told
him that this isn't about the others. This is about Anwar and changing his life. We told him that he needs to stop the alcohol immediately. We said, 'You can't do it alone, but God will be with you.' We talked about Jesus and Anwar prayed to accept Jesus as his Savior. Anwar was so mad at himself for letting alcohol ruin his life. He said he is ready to go home. He said that he is changing immediately. I told him that I am excited to see the new Anwar. I was crying with Anwar and he said, 'I can't believe that a grown man is crying -because of me.' When we said that we would come back to see him, he said, 'I won't be here. I'm going home -to my family.' " Mike C

Testimony from Benisha S to come.

The 6.19 Team

"...There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: 'We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large..." Numbers 13.26-28

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Friday, June 11, 2010

A Simple Cup

Seven and a half gallons of donated Starbucks coffee, 13 eager people, and the beautiful city of Philadelphia. It started with orders to take our coffee and leave Love Park, early Thursday morning. But "the man" couldn't hold us back. Our small table and containers of coffee were respectfully set up next to the street at the intersection of JFK Boulevard and 15th Street, conveniently located directly outside the park.

"In Philly, we met a woman named Ms. Garrison. I asked her if she wanted some free coffee and noticed that she had stitches along her left elbow. This started a discussion about how she obtained her injury. I soon discovered that she was a pleasant woman and a believer in Christ. I ended up being able to pray for her, and her elbow, and she was greatly appreciative. At that time there was an event taking place in Love Park. A woman working with the event asked us if we wanted to join a free raffle for an ipod shuffle. So we thought, "Why not?" and grabbed a ticket. Suprisingly enough, Ms. Garrison won the ipod shuffle. This was definitely a testimony of God's goodness. This displayed how God cares for even the small things in our lives. It was a blessing to see this woman give praise to God. It was exciting to build a relationship with this woman who I will be able to continue to see every Saturday." -Mario M

The 6.10 Team [minus 3]

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." 1 Peter 4.8-9

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

And so it Begins...

Today was the start of The Brotherly Love Project. A team of 10 grabbed their backpacks, bagged lunches, and covered the areas of Love Park and Suburban Station in Center City, Philadelphia.

"It's hard to believe that only 45 minutes of my time last Saturday morning could turn out to be such a great blessing! I couldn't make the trip downtown because I visit my mother on Saturdays, but I did go to the church to volunteer to put the bag lunches together. ...the young people worked together very well, and I just counted it a joy to be part of it all. The highlight for me was the Bible study that Kristy led and the prayers from the young people that God would bless the outreach." -Doris M

"A man by the name of James touched me so deeply! The minute I saw him my heart ached beyond words. He was all alone, lying on the hard unforgivable ground and having only one leg. I actually felt the whole world stop as I imagined what his world must be like. All that I could keep thinking about was how much he needed a real friend and someone to care for and about him. He needed to know that our Heavenly Father loves him and will care for him; as well as know that we cared for him and would help him. I have been praying daily for this man and cannot wait to visit with him again. Please pray for God’s leading in his life." -Darlene C

The 6.5 Team

"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises apon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn." Isaiah 60.1-3

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