Receptive Crowds and Refreshing Saints

The place: Playstead Park in Medford, Massachusetts.

The people: Redemption Hill Church, assisted by six out-of-state mission teams, sponsored a Community Fun Night. This event topped off a week-long “Serve Medford” work-project blitz.

The purpose: Hundreds of folks with whom we’d interacted all week showed up.

There were game booths, blow-ups for the kids. We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, prepared sno-cones and popcorn. Door prizes were given away, including Red Sox baseball tickets.

A fun time was had by all! Lots of personal contacts were made by the pastors of Redemption Hill Church.

Prayerfully, hopefully, these individuals will feel the tug of the Spirit to attend Redemption Hill Church in the future. There, they will hear the gospel, be loved on by its members, and perhaps come to know Christ as their Savior!

I was part of the “stuffing crew” for Fun Night, along with several folks from First Baptist Church of Charlotte (NC). Like it sounds, we stuffed hamburgers and hotdogs into buns. I received a neat personal blessing working alongside the Charlotte bunch. Terry, Rosemary, Whitney, and Phil were a delight!

FBC had three creative assignments for the week. They interacted with the senior citizens at Saltonstall senior housing complex across from our hotel. They also placed door hangers in neighborhoods. Lastly, they participated a $50 servant evangelism challenge. This called for them to decide how to best spend the $50 given to them, so they could bless strangers on the street and invite them to the Community Fun Night.  They ended up buying gift cards to the local Dunkin’ Donuts to give away.

We swapped different “stories” from our weeks. We encouraged each other and gave different perspectives on how God was moving within our own churches. How wonderful it is to see how God is working in other places besides Durham! To me, they were refreshing saints. . . .

 “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” (Proverbs 18:4 NLT)

May God continue to use all efforts to His glory from “Serve Medford” week!  We on the Ridgecrest team were truly blessed to be part. . .  and we can’t wait for next year! (Special thanks to Cindy Davis, part of our Ridgecrest team, for her pictures of the event.)


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