Do you believe in miracles? Have you ever witnessed one? Perhaps you’ve known someone whose illness was miraculously healed. Or perhaps you’ve known someone who was inexplicably and miraculously saved from certain death following an accident or disaster.
Some miracles may not be as visible as these miracles. Some miracles happen very slowly over a period of time. They happen when God works all things, both good and bad, together, for those who love Him. It happens when we experience the unexpected death of a loved one, when tornadoes leave us homeless, or when we lose our jobs and we’re left wondering how we’re going to make ends meet. These miracles happen as we cling to God for comfort and deliverance and He, in turn, transforms our lives.
In Matthew 25, Jesus encouraged us to care for each other by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, helping the homeless, and visiting the sick and in prison. Through these words Jesus gives us the awesome privilege to join Him in these miracles. When we walk with those who are suffering and offer our time and talents, we bring hope. And when we listen to their stories and lend our faith, we bring healing and help transform their lives.
Our college students, Ryan Litchfield, Blaire Lotz, Maren Anderson, and Megan Gustafson, have taken Jesus’ words to heart. Over ISU spring break they will be joining other ISU students in traveling to Baton Rouge to help residents recover from devastating floods. Through their efforts, God will use them to bring about His miracles in the lives of these residents by bringing them hope and healing as they travel down the long road of recovery.
Even though you may not be able to travel with these students, you too have the awesome privilege of joining in this miracle. Monetary donations are needed to help these students cover the cost of the trip, supplies, and spending money. The Administrative Council has voted to take a collection for this mission trip on Sunday, February 5, and Sunday, February 12. Please give thoughtful consideration of how you can assist God in bringing about His miracles.
Carol Dabbs, Lay Leader