First Fruits

This man is 93 years old. His daughters witnessed his baptism and wished to be baptized too.

This man is 93 years old. His daughters witnessed his baptism and wished to be baptized too.

It is barely a year since the food distribution program “Grace Meal” was launched, but the sponsors were able to see the first harvest and give praise to God. Two believers, both Grace Meal recipients, were baptized last week. Another volunteer will be baptized next Sunday. It was a triple win for the community, for Concordia School, and for Double Blessing Church, but above all it glorified God.

First, over 80 people were supplied with food 7 days a week, year round. On weekdays they receive boxed lunch and dinner consisting of cafeteria food from Concordia. On weekends they get good quality bread and cakes donated by two local bakeries. Their physical needs were met. Secondly, the school won the provincial first prize in social action, as students, teachers and parents were mobilized to be volunteers. The community united together to tackle a social problem, and won.

Third, the church was challenged to provide for the needy in their neighborhood. Their original mission was to reach the university students and educated middle class. They expanded their vision to include the needy, and are preparing to plant a church for this new group. They rose to the challenge and stepped out of their comfort zone.

But behind all these activities of connecting with the community to meet their needs, the neighbors are taking notice that these Christians mean what they say and have the action to back it up. To-date 246 people have prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior. The background of the recipients is complicated, but they have been channeled into cells to study and serve together. The first three “new grapes” are baptized this month. More will follow. Some are being discipled to become leaders. When will a church be established? Only the Lord knows. But it’s all because of grace, without which none of this would have happened. Praise and thanks be to God.

He is in his 70's. He cried when we brought him bread. Rejected by his family but accepted by God.

He is in his 70’s. He cried when we brought him bread. Rejected by his family but accepted by God.

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