Just back from a great weekend in St Louis. I was able to partner with the Church of God at Baden in North St Louis for their annual “Jesus In The Streets” Fest they host each year.
Pastors Don and Deb Sharpe and their whole crew there hosted a wonderful event with free food, a cake walk, games for the kids, free clothes, free toiletries and free music too. 😉 It felt like the whole neighborhood came out. There were so many kids there. It was just beautiful. They had a drawing for a free girls’ and boys’ bike that they gave away at the end of the event.
It was amazing. Pastor Don gave me the chance to share that afternoon before I played my set. It was easy to share on the hope for the kids I saw playing games and running around in that church playground. I actually began my speaking session by playing “Imagine Me” by Kirk Franklin as loud as we could through that sound system. I ran off from behind the mic to go dance with a couple of the ladies that were really enjoying that song! The whole point in it was to imagine what each of these kids could be if they were given the chance to fly, to develop the gifts God’s given each one of them. I think it went well.
I finished my set and followed up with a couple of kids worship songs for the little ones that gathered eagerly for the bike drawing…that was really fun.
The next morning, we ran late, took a couple of turns we were unsure of and got to church after the service started 🙁 Not a way to start for the one leading worship and giving the message..that was me 😉
We sang a few songs and then I shared. These guys are already so active in serving each other and serving their community. I hope that my words simply brought encouragement.
I sang a couple songs from the “Purple Flowers” project Ed Bialach remastered for me and met some really sweet folks. One of the gals I met had gone through Lymphoma just 5 years ago herself. We connected straight away and she offered to take a family portrait of Tim, Josh and I for a website she’s developing on folks who are living with and walking in their cancer healing….it was just wonderful.
It was quite a gift to have my husband Tim there and my son Joshua. They jumped in to help tear down the tents and clean up, and really, they are just a blast to be with! Joshue is growing to be more and more like his Dad, patient, kind and giving..that is a gift, my friends.
Till next time..