For so many of the children we serve at our Local Church Initiatives, “love” is tough concept to grasp. Growing up in the harsh realities of living below the poverty line, can make it hard to understand that there truly is a Father in Heaven with an infinite love for each of us.
At Pastor Ed’s Local Church Initiative at Verbo Bluefields, he and his staff welcome 185 children to the church each day.
It’s a safe place where they come to eat a hot, nutritious lunch and they are invited into a life long relationship with our savior, Jesus Christ. They are taught about the forgiveness, mercy and grace that only the Lord can provide. Many of them come to church on Sunday and they are encouraged to bring their parents.
When we receive updates that children, and adults too, have received this message and accepted the Lord into their lives we are overwhelmed with joy. When we learn of the public profession of faith through baptism, we feel like if we listen hard enough, we can almost hear the party in Heaven!
This past weekend at Verbo Bluefields, five people made the public profession of faith to follow Him, and two are girls from the LCI. What a blessing it is to be an eyewitness to God’s redemptive work here on earth!
…”go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of age.” Matthew 28:19-20 MSG
In July, ten boys were baptized!