Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thursday Thirteen- Things I Learned While Camping in The Hood

Well My heart has been tugged and my thinking stretched over the last little while as I have been living among some of the "least of these". Here is a list of things I learned over the past 2 weeks:

1. People told me they could never pack up their family and move to a dangerous neighborhood. I used to say that too. Never say never because that will be where God plants you to grow.

2. It's sometimes hard to give without making people feel like they are a charity case.

3. God's thoughts really are so much higher than my own and He is the one who I want to lift high and give glory to for this mission that my family has taken on.

4. Even though I have not seen any significant change among the people in the neighborhood God can and does work all things for that good of those who love Him.

5. Jesus did not say feed the hungry and cloth the naked if they have it all together and are responsible people.

6. He said love your neighbor.

6. Love is patient and love is kind.

7. There is a serious war going on. The devil and his demon army are out to capture whoever they can and drag them into hell with them. We need to be wearing the armor of God and fighting in the trenches for our fellow man to know Jesus and be set free from the things of the world that are holding them captive.

8. If I am to be called a friend of Jesus I need to talk about Him to others way more than I do.

9. Seriously, television is a huge problem among the impoverished people. I was shocked that folks were out of money to buy food but were paying $112.00 a month for their satellite service.

10. I am rich because of God's blessing in my life and not because of my own doing.

11. God watches over us and protects us. Even though we had drug addicts coming to our door looking for crack and police coming because they thought our tent trailer was stolen, God was so faithful in keeping us safe from harm. None of our belongings were stolen and nothing was vandalized while we were staying there.

12. It's easy to love the lovely. The unlovely who really need to be loved.

13. God answers prayer. I never cease to be amazed at when I look back over things and see how God has answered my prayers. One story that comes to mind is this: Before we left on our "mission" I had been praying that Jesus' light would shine through us. Well the first day we were camped out I was chatting with our neighbor Henry and he said to me "You're religious aren't you?"
I said "Well yes I am a Christian."
He told me that he could tell because people who have Jesus are happy.
Now I am not always a cheerful person folks so that was the light of Jesus shining through me. I am so excited to see God's work and know that He is speaking to and through little ole me.

Thanks again for your prayers and encouragement.

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Kim said...

This list was such an AWESOME list! What a wonderful reminder of WHAT we should be doing. My T13

I am Harriet said...

Great list.
You are very insightful.

Sarah said...

Just a note on #9: Some people purchase it when times are good and they can afford it. Times hit bad, but satellite companies charge you an arm and a leg to cancel their service, so you're stuck paying it until your contract is up.

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Wonderful list! Bless you for sharing and showing God's love to people in need. What an inspiration!

Sherry said...

Thank you for sharing your heart with this post! Our God is an awesome God! I'm thankful of how He can answer prayer. I've seen it so many times. I try to keep a record of it, so I can look back and see the many blessings.

Tracey said...

A truly great list! Such wonderful lessons that I am sure will remain with you forever.

Jensmere said...

Sarah...I am so moved by your list! and you can be sure that Jesus has taken note of it too...

Bless you for being light in the darkness,

AD said...

oohh terrific lista nd i think you did visit me on one but hey i did another one ...

not anywhere close to how you tackled it though :D
happy TT

did two


The Mangerchine's said...

Hey Sarah, I found your blog through A Simple Walk, and now I'm going to have to go back and read more about your story!!! My husband and I just moved into a "hood-ish) area in New Orleans, and are trying to figure out how to effectively minister in the neighborhood and community that God has placed us in. Thanks for your post!


Cheryl said...

Amen! I've been working on #8 too. I do my best to live a good example but I need to talk a lot more.

Tricia said...

Amazing list! You are very inspiring Sarah!

Gretchen said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am struggling right now with this very thing. I just had a baby and it broke my heart to see the other mothers in the hospital and to see the babies they were going to take home all the while I knew they were not properly equipped to handle these new little ones. I was praying constantly that God would be with these mothers and their babies. I struggle with how best to reach these people when most of them haven't asked for my help or advice, but yet I want to do something. Thank you again!

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