God is good. When you go door-knocking, you never know who you’re going to meet or how they will respond. Friday morning gave us the opportunity to meet residents who lived close to where MEC meets at Maitland Grossman High School, as well as the growing area of Gillieston Heights. Praise God for all the times we were able to shine a positive light on MEC.
A few of the conversations stood out. Hosea met a gentleman who suffers from chronic back and neck pain. When Hosea offered to pray for him, he extended his hand as if for a handshake. As Hosea prayed, they held hands firmly – it felt like there was a strong appreciation and connection.
Tessa from MEC gave us a real appreciation for how God can work through real partnerships in the community. It was so helpful and inspiring to learn how MEC shows practical care and love for those who are outside of the church family driven by real gospel goals. We heard how a year six boy who was apathetic during Scripture classes was so appreciative of a care pack he was given on behalf of MEC. He was so shocked and thankful. Praise God for how he has been showing his love through the people of MEC.
In the evening, some of the team joined the MEC youth group – Fusion. It was a high energy, fun and encouraging night with Marc preaching on John 16:33. God spoke humorously, clearly and faithfully through Marc about the hope we have in Jesus because he has overcome our sin. All the youth were glued to his speaking and many came away encouraged.
Lachie and Jess came up with some fun and thematic activities like Build-Up Scissors, Paper, Rock. The major activity was passing around a ‘comic strip’ that the kids had to contribute to creating a narrative for a quirky character that had impossible tasks to overcome and then interesting superpowers to do so. Rhys and Julian and Emma played ‘O Praise the Name’ as a musical item which many of the kids joined in on singing or clapping – it was a treat. The whole night was so fun and encouraging to see what God is doing through Erich and the youth team at MEC.