Sometimes it is easy to start easing up as we approach the end of something. We are now coming closer to the end of DTS. It is crazy how fast time goes! I have, however, been encouraged to see how our group has not let up. We have instead continued in what God has for us, and God has used us in a big way as a result.
On Tuesday morning I had a new idea to try out. We went into the community and asked people questions that we had come up with. We were in two groups; in my group we talked to a man who had completed three years in YWAM a long time ago. He currently has not been to Church in several years and said his life has too many problems to have time for God. I was able to speak with him about how God wants to invade His life despite His problems and will take him as he is. Afterwards, he said he wanted to come to the YWAM Belo Horizonte weekly service! He also said he wanted to talk with us again after. It was great to see this man take a step in the right direction and I hope to hear from him soon. It was a great time as we made some relationships and had several other great conversations.
A couple days this week we were able to work with the groups they are starting here at the Lighthouse. I helped with a group for 6-9 year olds. It was great fun to do activities with the kids. We painted, sang and I pushed them (alot) on the swings. The message we were give them was on creation. It was a great experience and I’m glad I could build some relationships with those little children.
On Friday us guys got to go to a prison and do ministry. It was interesting to see how hungry and open the prisoners were for God. They all came out and then we began with worship. It is amazing to think of how great God’s grace is. No matter what each of these men has done to get into prison, God still loves them deeply. Jamie preached to the men and I believe they received the message well.
It was another great week here and I’m excited to see what God will do upcoming in our last week of ministry!
~ Matthew Lemley