Today we began the ministry phase of our trip. It was indeed another full day. The first place we went to was First Baptist Church Momence, Illinois. The church was about 45 minutes south of where our hotel is. It was amazing how different the setting was from the urban jungle that we have seen over the past few days. Momence is an idyllic farming community. We were all struck by the flowers hanging from all the street lamps and how green everything was. Lots and lots of corn fields as far as you could see.
We were blessed to present a full concert for this congregation which is currently without a pastor. The Chapel Singers were stellar. Our supplies somehow did not arrive on site and therefore we were without music and costumes for our drama. Our sponsors never missed a beat and found an open Wal-Mart to replace the costumes, and our youth intern Spenser had recently posted a copy of the music on the web. It was incredible to see God move so quickly to solve our dilemma, and not let circumstances steal our joy. As a result we had and wonderful worship experience.
We then drove North to South Chicago Heights and Temple Baptist Church. This church is our host site for this week. We split into three teams and covered the neighborhoods with fliers for this weeks VBS. We were told that there is one evangelical church for every 10,000 people. The is a very unchurched area, and we have a tremendous opportunity to be the first to introduce these stories of faith and truth. We are very aware of this responsibility, and count it as joy.
We then loaded the vans again to sing a full concert at Central Baptist Church in Olympia Fields. The depth and level of maturity to lead worship is truly incredible.
After the concert we all went to dinner and shared great fellowship. It was evident by the amount of laughter, this was a day well spent. Kris Aten and Lee Senter capped the evening with a devotional about resting in The Lord and finding joy. Afterwards the VBS teams got together to get ready for tomorrow.
Our lives are abundant. Pray for us and for these children we are about to meet. Ask The Lord to use us mightily.