14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
There are times as a Christian, I have been told that we are being watched by the world. I have always taken that to heart, and have known that others are watching how we handle situations and controversies. It really hit home awhile back when a young man who lives across the street from the ministry home in Mexico was in the pickup with me. He said I have been watching the groups who have come over the last couple months, and I am wondering what do they have that I don't? He said I have talked with several of the people and they say they come here on their vacation and pay their own way to help people. He said I asked why and they said it is because of Jesus. I explained to him that when you give your life to Christ, things begin to change and you do more kingdom stuff than wanting to be a part of the world stuff. He looked at me and said, “ I want it...what they have”. It caught me off guard until I figured out he was asking for a change in his life and wanted it now. I asked if he had ever held a man's hand? “Never,” he said. I grabbed his hand and asked him to pray after me. He became a born again believer that day. Why? Because everyone who stayed with us this year let their light shine and someone was watching. It dawned on me later that day that everything we do and say is being critiqued. What a joy it is to be able to spend time with him and disciple him in his walk. And a huge thank you to all who came and let your light shine in this dark world. May God get the glory.
We had the honor of having the youth from First Reformed Church in Sioux Falls here for a week of ministry at the orphanage. First of all, a huge thank you to all the parents for allowing your young adults to come. It was an incredible week of worship, bible study, and fellowship. The youth came with servant hearts. They loved and worked the whole week. One day we had a pool party planned. We invited the orphanage and was told by the director that she would need permission before her kids could leave. She felt the odds would be against them going. She reported that they would be allowed to go for their first outing in 3 years! We were elated and so were the kids at the orphanage. They showed up and I could not help but giggle at the laughter and joy I saw in this group of youth. The counselors who came with, had on their jeans and work smocks. It was not too long before the kids drug them in to the water, fully clothed. The counselors should have known better! As we sent them home to the orphanage, it strengthened my opinion that we need to invest in our youth today, every way we can. I could not be more proud of the young adults that spent the week with us. You are an inspiration and your parents and Church can be very proud of you. The director told me one day, “ these kids that have come to serve are very special. They have brought joy and laughter back to our hallways.” They sure are special. Please come again.
We ask you to keep us in your prayers this summer as we are getting our students ready for school in August. We had five graduate this year and they will be moving on to the universities. There are three new students added, and the costs are not going down. Also, please keep our need for monthly support in your prayers as well.
Love you all,
Curt and Kelly