This trip was something I will never forget. It had a huge impact on my life. It opened my eyes to the things that are happening right here in our state.
There is no need to travel thousands of miles to have an opportunity to serve and love people who are lost and broken. There are people who literally live in the next house over, down the street, or a short drive from our homes who are in dire need of the hope of Jesus. Team Bialik recently traveled just 3 & a half hours to the Standing Rock Reservation. While serving we partnered with Pastor Josh & Cheri Froelich (TBC & GS Alumni) at the Standing Rock AG. What a wonderful time we had working around the church and reaching out to people in the surrounding community. We are SO thankful to the Lord for all he has done for us and through us, and we were privileged to add more stories and moments to our thankfulness this year that we want to share with you:
The week we spent on the reservation was filled with work projects and here is a list of a few:
We realized yet again the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity as we held a children's service for kids in the local communities. If we only have this one moment, this one chance to show someone they are loved and cared for, then we best not waste that precious moment.
The gospel truth and God's sweet presence really are good. Often we get distracted believing that we need some flashy, new, and exciting way to attract people to God. All we really need is God's love flowing through us. The kids who came shy and apprehensive left begging us to come and pick them up again. They seemed desperate for more of the simple love we showed through arts, crafts, songs, and laughter. Once we got down on their level and took notice of them the night seemed to change. The little interactions with kids during arts & craft time really brought us all together.
We really wish that each person reading this blog could have been with us in the van as we drove the kids back home. It may sound silly but just listening to the kids sing, or yell, Christmas songs all the way back was such special time that warmed our hearts. These particular kids face hard, dark realities every single day but during that night spent with us they got to experience JOY. When we get away from the distractions of this world and just enjoy connecting in God's presence, we realize that even the simplest of moments can be meaningful.
"I hope she saw a friend in me for at least that night. Later I came to the conclusion that I am most likely the only one, besides Jesus, who is praying for her in the whole wide world. That is crazy to think. Makes even the seemingly little things in ministry that much more important." ~ Sadi
Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, mixed veggies, and some delicious pie were next on the agenda! Saturday we cooked and served a free Thanksgiving meal for those in the community. The Kitchen was hot and ready for action as community members began to come through the line of fresh food. It was such a great chance to bless the community of Selfridge and help connect the local pastor, Josh Froelich, to people outside the church. In small towns, moments like these can go a long way to bring awareness to the local churches.
Before we had to say goodbye and head back to Trinity for our own Thanksgiving meals, we had one last opportunity. We were able to lead the Sunday service and it was great to see some familiar faces during the service. However, this time we were bringing a spiritual meal to take part in with us.
We trust that each of you had a great time of Thanksgiving this year and we hope that you are challenged to step out and look for opportunities to bless those around you. Lostness is not just something that pertains to those overseas but to every single human being that has not accepted the grace freely given by our Savior. So take the opportunities YOU are given to serve, love, and make an impact for His Kingdom this holiday season.