Today the Dodd Journey landed us in Kent City, MI. We had the opportunity to meet and reconnect with new friends and old acquaintances. What a blessing it was to us to enjoy fellowship with other believers as we got to share the ministry of Bethesda Orphan Village and the role we will play in the ministry in South Africa! What a JOY it is to tell of God’s mighty deeds and the life-change that is happening at Bethesda.
We met Bill who had been a camper at Lake Ann Camp in 1948 (the first summer of camp), a place close our hearts, and found out that he had volunteered up at that camp during the construction of the Bolthouse Memorial Chapel and that some of our summers overlapped. It was good to swap stories and share names of Lake Ann friends that we both know. He and his wife Linda were so kind to spend the afternoon with us and allow us a place to rest between services. Throughout the day there were many connections to common friends, family and places that we all shared. What a wonderful day we had sharing in the morning and evening services as well as meeting with the missions team in the afternoon.
It was God’s perfect timing that we were with them today. As a church, they are working their way through the book of James. It just so happened that the passage preached from today was James 1:26-27, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” This was without a doubt orchestrated as a part of God’s perfect plan to have us there the Sunday that these verses were preached. We love hearing about how God’s heart is bent towards helping the orphans in distress in this world.
Long day, ready for bed, but somehow completely ENERGIZED by a wonderful day of ministry.Categories: Blog