Celebrating America's Birthday

Mallory Jones, MC
July 10, 2017

 Mallory Jones

My teammates and I celebrated the 4th of July by teaching our translator, Hana, about "America's birthday" and going to an American restaurant. We ate barbecue and even had a version of sweet tea!

One of my favorite parts of the week was visiting the refugee camp that my teammates and I have been serving with on Wednesday nights. There are no believers in this village yet, but every week we have the opportunity to share the stories of God with children and adults that come to hear.

 Mallory Jones with group

This week we taught the children the song “Deep and Wide” and our translator shared John 3:16 with them in their language. The kids also made a craft that illustrated the scripture. After singing of God’s endless love for us, we had the opportunity to share more about the love that sent Jesus to the cross to conquer sin and death.

 Mallory Jones with teammate

My team had plans to continue our English classes this week, but some of that changed as many of our friends were busy preparing to leave to visit their hometowns. This weekend is the beginning of a major Buddhist holiday, and many left the city to join family members for the event. I ask that you would pray specifically for the people visiting temples during this time.  Pray that the truth of God's Word would come to their minds as they visit the temples for the Buddhist holiday. Pray that their hearts would be unsettled as they pray to idols made by human hands. Pray that God would incline their hearts to Him, and that this would cause conversations to lead to Him as we share with our friends this week.

 Mallory Jones with team

This summer, my teammates and I have been reading The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer. The last chapter we read was on the eternity of God, and these truths really encouraged our team this week. The chapter explains that we are bound by time, but God is not. He has no beginning and no end. Because He is eternal and we are restricted by time, only He is able to redeem our efforts for eternity.  We also reflected on Psalm 90, the prayer of Moses: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” Psalm 90:17 (ESV)

As we move into our last few weeks here, our prayer is that the Lord would establish the work of our hands.