The past 3 days were amazing.
Two days ago, the Lebanon Team went to the orphanage. We helped the children make creative picture frames and took self portraits of themselves to put inside of them. This was a self reminder for each of the children not only were they special, but also fearfully and wonderfully made creations of the One True King. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).
The next two days, we visited a camp, where we met children of refugee families. The pastor told the creation story of the earth to the children and how Jesus did miracles of healing for people. He even told them how Jesus died and rose from the grave for them in order to forgive them of their sins. This was a very touching reminder that all of us are God’s children and are in need of His grace daily. “I am the good shepard; the good shepard giveth His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
We helped the children make picture frames and played a variety of games with them, such as chalk, jump rope, parachute, and relay races. For the relay races Valhalla seperated the boys from the girls into 2 teams. They competed against each other, cheering loudly as the boys and girls cheered for their teams. This fellowship was a great way to not only point them to the Gospel, but share the love of Jesus with them so that they, in turn, could share this love with everyone around them. “Let all your things be done by you in love” ( 1 Corinthians 16:14).
Lastly, we visited 3 refugee families inside of their homes. They were very hospitable toward us as they welcomed us in their homes, provided chamomile tea to drink, and told stories to us. Dave and Sarah lifted them up in prayer in the end before departing their homes, which brought encouragement to the families who love God. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Overall, all 3 days brought encouragement to us, the children, and their families. The Lord used us to be His salt and light for them. “Let your speech be alway with grace, seaaoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6).