Seeing fruit is amazing. It does not always happen, but when it does, it encourages me so much!
This past month we had team of 16 participants from Red Rocks Church in Colorado. We were able to connect with a poorer neighborhood called Martina Bustos. You might remember the story about the community that did not have water for a week...this is the same community. Six months ago I took a team of 7 people there to support a local children's feeding program. While we were there, we met a young man named Luis. He played soccer with us for awhile and then went along his way. It did not seem like much at all, he was just one of the few people that showed up that day.
Fast forward to the Sunday when the Colorado team was here. I was sitting in church and a young man sitting behind me caught my eye. It was the kind of eye contact made where you both realize you know each other, but you do not know from where.
The next day we were back in Martina Bustos playing with the children and assisting the feeding program. I had taken some of the team on a quick walk to see the community and a young man walked out of a house to greet us. It was the same guy from church on Sunday, and the same guy from six months ago...LUIS! It finally made sense to me why we locked eyes.
Luis began telling us how he started to go to church...wait for it...six months ago! Could it be that us stopping to show Luis love by kicking around a soccer ball planted a seed in him to draw him closer to Jesus Christ? I believe so! Literally as he was telling us his story of starting to go to church six months ago, I was doing some mental math and was blown away that I could see this fruit today. Luis even told us that he walks to church sometimes twice a week! That's a very long walk from his community to the church!
To me this was huge. We tell our teams that everything we do points back to the local church, but sometimes doubt creeps in and you wonder if you are making an impact. That is, until someone like Luis shows up as a gentle reminder to keep loving, keep sowing seeds, and keep proclaiming the name of Jesus in everything we say and do!