Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Month of Love

February 8
Though many think of February as the month of {romantic} love, we decided to take on the theme of 1 Corinthians 13, also known as the "The Love Chapter" of the Bible.

February 8 was a day for volunteers to serve our community. A group from Meridian served up some chicken spaghetti and all the sides. Along with other volunteers, we were able to give out clothing, including new pajamas for kids.The pajamas were donated by the Pajama Program,

Carters®, and a local school.

Getting new pajamas for kids
On February 13, we served our ladies a hearty meal. Of course what Valentine's party is complete without candy? We shared scripture with the ladies about God's love and plan for their lives. One of the ladies pointed out that in order to grasp the love of God, we must also love each other. Please pray our community as we build relationships and continue to share the message of Christ's redeeming love.

Feeding on February 8

As February comes to a close,we ask for your continued prayers as the city prepares for Mardi Gras. Pray for safety of tourists and mission groups. Also pray for girls that are trapped in sexual slavery - big events tend to spike the demand for adult entertainment. Pray girls will be rescued and the buyers prosecuted. 

1 Corinthians 13 (CEV) 

What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing,   unless I loved others. What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would  gain nothing, unless I loved others. Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails! Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken. All that we know will be forgotten. We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete. 10 But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn’t perfect will then disappear. 11 When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways. 12 Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us. 13 For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love

(emphasis added)