My Sunday on April 10th started early—I normally teach Spanish after church service to a few friends who may one day join us on a Mexico mission trip, but Sunday we did it at 9AM before second service since the Dojo quarterly party was after service. We had a European breakfast—toast, meat and cheese, and hard-boiled eggs—and some excellent conversation. My wife and I then left right away to pick up a college student friend (and student at the Dojo) to go to service with us; afterwards, I saw that I had two missed texts and a voicemail. In the 45 minutes that we had to get our potluck crockpot meal prepared, a gentleman from out of town wanted to meet me to pick up some things at The Gamers Guild, Vin (the previously homeless fellow that we’ve been helping from my previous newsletter) had left a message that he urgently needed food after returning from a brief stay in prison, and a friend who attends The Gamers Guild messaged me that he urgently needed to talk before 5PM.
I chuckled to myself and told my wife what was up. Some days like Sunday feel like God is really moving. She said she could prepare the crockpot recipe and start the Dojo cleaning at the beginning of the party if I was a bit late, so I took her up on it and headed to pick up Vin. We caught up a bit while I took him up to the Unite Common Grounds Coffee House and Free Store. We had a recent food donation from North Oak Community Church, so we were well stocked—we also had extra commodities from the Federal food distribution the week prior—as such, we got him a large crate of food. The other fellow who needed to pick up items met me there while I was helping Vin out, and we got him his things. Then I dropped Vin off and headed to chat with my friend at his job. Once there, I waited until he could take a break, and then we chatted about some very serious things happening with a roommate of his; he wanted advice, but more than that, I think he just needed someone who genuinely cared about him and his roommate to listen. I was glad to do that, and he said things were better after even just sharing some. This, to me, was one of the most important parts of my day. After being there for him, I picked up a Salted Nut Roll from his place of work (I figured I should buy something since I was in there, even if I was just talking to an employee on break) to split with Tella, since neither of us had eaten lunch, and I headed to the Dojo. Cleaning was already underway, and we had a great meeting afterwards and an enjoyable party. By the end of the night, everyone had fun, and the Dojo had grown as a community.
After the Dojo party, we briefly met with some friends at our house to celebrate a birthday and a recently attained job. This, too, was very good. After everyone had departed, my wife and I collapsed in our chairs and rested—it had been an excellent, but very LONG day.
As I reflected on the day, it did make me smile—so many excellent things had been accomplished in such a short day, and I do think that some of them involved God directly. It also had the kind of crazy air about it that sometimes indicates His involvement to me. Such things are greatly reassuring to me—to know that He still accomplishes His will through me and with me despite all of my flaws and all of my failings. I don’t know how much, or how little what I do accomplishes in the long run—but I do know that I dearly love every person in my life and want to see every last one of them after the resurrection. I also know that God loves them even more than I do and wants to lose not one; as such, I do very sincerely want to be available for whatever He may have for me. I also hope that sharing about some of what He does encourages others to be open for God to use, as well. You, yourself, have connections and relationships that can reach some people in ways that no one else can—may God help you be sensitive to the opportunities that you possess to love someone with God and to help further His Kingdom on earth!