We all need Godly mentors in our lives. Some of ours live across the world from us, but they still manage to encourage, challenge & inspire us through their deeds & words… even if only in an email. These words did all of that & more tonight:
“Our primary motivation is not the needs of people; it’s obedience to Christ. And as we work out obedience, let us remember the tremendous need. Scripture says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:17, NIV). We must actually do good, or we are in rebellion against God.” -GM
Earlier today we had a chance to do exactly what we’ve been trained & called to do, right here in this city that we call home. It was a big day! It was exciting to see what God can do with our willing obedience… Mark & Kam Gee, who run ICA Manna together, have worked for months to pull off today’s event. With about 40 volunteers, we took 300+ people (elderly & immigrant families) on a tour of some older/colonial areas of Hong Kong, then treated them all to a traditional Pun Choy banquet with a very special message. Many of the special elderly friends & young immigrant families that we serve/visit weekly were there. Please pray with us that lives have/will be eternally changed by the love of the Father they received today.
What a time we had! 300 people are a lot to keep track of on a tour & then feed, but we did it!! Seems so much bigger than last year’s Pun Choy event… PTL! I’m sure there will be good news coming from all the response cards we collected too. The boys & I enjoyed helping out today. I’m proud of everyone that helped out, but especially proud of my amazing husband & the entire ICA Manna team. A huge thank you goes out to our dear friend Nigel who bring such tremendous vision & passion to everything we do with Manna. What a pleasure it is to work towards Kingdom goals with a man after God’s heart like Nigel. He & Mark are two peas in a pod, for sure… they were cut from the same cloth & raised in opposite circumstances, only to be united in purpose at such a time as this!
When Mark got saved, it was the direct outcome of our Pastor challenging the church to read the Bible by going through one chapter a day for 30 days in a row… Now here we are, 9 years later & still being challenged by our mentors. Still reading the bible every day too – we just started doing a chronological reading for the first time this year. What’s more is that we’ve become mentors too & we love every minute we spend pouring God’s love into the lives of others, because we know how it continues to help us when our mentors do the same! If you don’t have a mentor who challenges, encourages & inspires you to fight for your faith & dig deeper into the things of God so that you can DO the good you know you should… WE challenge you to PRAY & ask God to bring you a mentor like that!