17.08.2015 - 17.08.2015
Sunday morning was church. It was a wonderful experience. The sanctuary was full and there was a lot of energy during worship. Isabelle, Daniel's oldest daughter, led worship. We sang in French and English. We had communion. I had the opportunity to preach as I have done on each trip here. I have always found the translation to be awkward. It is hard to preach one sentence at a time. It really breaks up the rhythm. But for some reason this time was different and the translation went very well. Daniel translated and we had a great rhythm going as we went back and forth.
After my sermon a number of people came forward for prayer. This was a very humbling experience- this hasn't happened any of the other times I've preached here. But people came forward and said that the sermon touched them and was very meaningful to them. Daniel and I prayed for many people. Daniel was particularly happy that one certain couple came forward. She was raised a Christain but he was not a Christian. They had two children together but never married. They have been coming to church for several weeks. They both came forward for prayer but didn't really know what they wanted prayer for- they just knew they needed prayer. It was great to be able to pray for God's blessing on them. We found out that on Monday they asked Daniel to come visit them because the man (not a Christian) spent much of the day on Sunday crying and said that he felt that they needed to get right with God. Amazing!
Our group went back to Daneil's house for lunch. And then after lunch we took a driving tour of Chateauguay. We went to Nun's Island a former convent. It is a very beautiful site- an island between the Chateauguay River and the St. Lawrence River. We spent some time walking around.
We returned to Daniel's house for dinner- if does feel like we are eating all the time. After dinner we took some time to share how we were doing. We prayer for each other and then left for our houses.
On Monday morning our work began. We got to the church a little after 9 and began to clean the food boxes. We did this last year and it was a lenthy job. We were glad to do it again this year becuase we know it is important and our clearning of these boxes is the only time they get cleaned all year. But there was a new tool this year- a power washer! It cut our cleaning time in half. Which meant that we actually cleaned twice as many boxes. This year we also cleaned the bread boxes. It took most of the morning but our team worked well together and we got a lot done.
Before lunch we worked to put blueberry pie fillling into seperate containers. It came in large bags that were very heavy. We cut a hole in one corner and squeezed it into plastic containers. It was difficult and messy. But clean up included licking our fingers and it was quite good.
Lunch was provided by Claude. He is the host of Van, June and Theresa. Is is a former restaurant cook and made a great lunch for us- poutine, chicken sandwiches and cole slaw.
After lunch we spent some time doing a Bible Study- usually our morning routine but because of the heat we started working first thing. We studied Isaiah 1 and 2 and we talked about what God really desires from us- justice!
After Bible Study we were back to work. We separated pasta into 110 bags and started getting the food boxes into place.
We ate dinner together and shared about our day and then left for our homes- earlier than the last two nights.
We were all glad to start working and felt productive. We are all tired and a little sore. But we are glad to continue getting the boxes ready for Thursday.
Please pray for energy and strength.