Bus Ministry!

In March we began the weekly routine of passing out a bag of food to families. The priority has been to care for the families from the school. Then we would provide food to elders, single mothers, and families in need. Every week we bought food, bagged food, and delivered food. Redundant. Nothing Glorious. A lot of behind the scenes work.

My home church, Friendship Baptist, has been heavily involved in the bus ministry for 50+years. Every Saturday a group of people knock on doors and invite children and families to ride the bus to church. They visit the children with smile, a piece of bubble gum, and a flyer. Every Sunday, people crank an old, non-air conditioned church bus and go to pick up the children. Every Saturday and Every Sunday! Redundant. Nothing Glorious. A lot of behind the scenes work.

During my high school and college years, I was involved in the bus ministry. This is where God began to mold my heart for those who need just a little extra love. Every Saturday–Bus Visitation. Every Sunday–Bus Ride.

For the first several months of Guatemala’s shut down, we were emotionally exhausted. In my complaints and questioning, I would look at this beautiful, new school and become very discouraged over only handing out food. I would’ve much rather heard the laughter of children in the cafeteria while eating breakfast or watching them smile as they interacted with their teachers.

And yet God would immediately take my mind back to Bus Visitation. I could see the smiles of children who looked forward to someone knocking on their door and handing them a piece of gum. I could see children standing in their front yard smiling as the Church Bus came down the street.

I am thankful that this morning Friendship Baptist will crank the church buses and bring children and families to church. Over 50 years of brining children to church. They teach the children the word of God. They are part of changing generations for eternity.

In the past 6 months, God has constantly directed me to Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much”. He has whispered, “Stay faithful to the little things.” The little things greatly impact eternal things.

This is the heartbeat of Christ. Not titles. Not the applause of men. Not recognition.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40).

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