The past two days in Lebanon were adventurous.
The Lebanon team went to a children’s orphanage, where they helped children make picture frames. Every child brought smiles to our faces as we put the love of Christ on display for the children to witness with their eyes. We felt loved as Jesus was drawing them closer to Him God’s sanctified work in us. “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
Their smiles made our day and their day just as much, meaning more than 1000 words and more than the pictures and their accompanying frames could express. The children said joyfully, “Memories!,” in Arabic as they expressed gratitude for what we did for them that day. Their love for the Lord grew that day as they saw Jesus’ love in us being put on display for them. God’s love for the children is inseperable. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
The next day, the Lebanon team went to Byblos, the oldest city in the world. We explored the city and bought interesting souvenirs to take back to the states with us. It was amazing to see God’s creations and how beautiful they are to behold in this city since the beginning of time. “In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
We concluded the end of the day by praying together in fellowship. It was encouraging to see the word of God sanctifying our hearts during this prayer session. God was definitely at work in our team today and will be throughout the remainder of the trip. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” ( Matthew 18:20).