This week, our church hosted its annual “Rock the Rock Kids Clubs” at 8 different locations throughout the city. Our mission was simple – to serve the families in the community by providing free entertainment (games, crafts, skits, singing), a full meal, and the message of the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ. The youth group kids, who were more than ready to share the gospel (I was that enthusiastic and energetic many moons ago ;)), ran the club for the elementary students while the adults (that’s me!) helped set-up, registered children, served food, and mingled with the people a little too old to be taking part in a kids club… a.k.a. parents. This was my first time participating, and I can’t tell you how nervous I felt. The thought of going door-to-door to personally invite the neighbors and striking up a conversation with complete strangers made me feel woozy. However, I felt God tugging at my heart to get out of my comfort zone, and I’m so thankful that He did. He always knows what’s best ;).
The turnout was amazing, although the numbers dwindled a bit yesterday. By day 3, I recognized all the familiar faces and felt pure delight in seeing them. The children seemed to be having a blast, and although I don’t have the exact number, from the chain of emails exchanged, it appears that more than 30 children accepted Christ this week. Praise God! He undeniably touched the hearts of many and plenty of seeds were planted. I pray that those seeds will continue to sprout on a firm foundation and receive the essential nutrients necessary for growth.
I was truly touched by the testimony of one of the members at our church, who recently shared about how “Rock the Rock” helped her family in a time of great need. With 6 children and living on limited income, feeding them for free for a whole week and receiving packages of food afterwards meant the world to them. A year later, they are members of our church, and every week, her passionate “AMEN!” can be heard throughout the sermon.
Personally, getting to know the other members of our church on a more personal level and seeing their fervent and subservient hearts really made me re-evaluate where my heart is and what I’m doing or what I’m not doing for the kingdom of God.
The most difficult part was battling the 100+ °F Texas weather. As luck would have it, this was the hottest week of the year so far. To save myself from being parched, I made sure to drink water throughout the day and eat plenty of juicy fruits and vegetables. It’s a hard life I lead ;). Rather than cleaning and eating the produce one at a time, making a huge salad with an assortment of them to keep in the fridge all ready-to-go seemed like the smart thing to do. I was clearly in energy-saving mode. Drizzled with a refreshing honey orange dressing, this summer salad is sure to keep you hydrated and your skin glowing!
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 navel orange
- 1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- Red bell pepper
- Salted almonds (or nuts of choice..peanuts, pistachios)
- Blend the oranges in a mini food processor or use freshly squeezed orange juice. Add Greek yogurt and honey.
- Drizzle generously over salad.