There are certain parts of this ministry in Roatan that I love so much. The three biggest are being with the kids at Greenfield Children’s Home, ministering in the community and fellowship with the mission team.
Working with the kids at Greenfield Children’s Home is such a privilege. A very wise woman, Christy, told me on my first trip to Roatan that: “They just want to be loved.” It’s such a simple statement with incredibly deep meaning. And, I didn’t understand the depth and importance of that guidance until I got to interact with mi amigos. They are an awesome bunch and if you want to check them out go to www.sblmroatan.net. There you can see pictures of the kids and opportunities to help out through sponsorship and/or other means.
Luke 18: 15-17 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
This ministry is also about working out in the community. Today, we went up into Oakridge, where we have spent many years building relationships in that community. Part of our team spent the morning with a group of volunteers from Oakridge building bunk beds for others in the community. It was a fun morning of fellowship and hard work. Two of the people on the volunteer team were previous recipients of bunk beds from a trip two years ago. It was so cool to see the circle of God’s love. Together, we assembled eight bunk beds and delivered them to homes in-need. We also brought groceries, performed fluoride treatments for kids, and prayed with each of the families.
John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
It is so cool to go into someone’s home and to be welcomed with loving smiles and thankful hearts. I wonder if the people we visit understand how thankful we are for all the love and kindness they extend to us. The circle of God’s love takes so many forms and twists and turns. To see that circle come around is very moving.