Maine - Friday & Saturday, July 28-29
Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29
Our last full day in Wytopitlock….The work teams finished up all the jobs that had been working on all week. The furnaces are up and working, the hopper for the pellets is complete, the steeple maintenance is complete, the walkway to the grilling patio is complete (and plans are in the works for an expansion next year), electric work is complete, concrete work is complete and the packing of the trailer began. The final day of VBS was full of excitement and bittersweet moments as we knew we would be leaving these precious children and the people of Wytopitlock.
The children finished well at VBS and had a 90% completion rate of memorizing their Bible verses every day! Sharon had promised them that if they reached that goal she would show up Friday with her hair a differently color - and she did not disappoint! (see pictures!)
Every day at noon, just after VBS, we have served the community lunch. Today, we changed it up a little and literally served them by being their wait staff and taking orders of pork bbq, mac n cheese, green beans and watermelon. It has been our joy to get to know, or know better, these people and it was our joy to serve them.
At the end of the meal as people we leaving, at little girl came up to me and asked to speak to me privately. Aubrey, comes for a very dysfunctional family and was visiting her aunt during VBS. She wasn’t even supposed to come during this week, but God knew she needed to be here to hear about His love for her. Aubrey and I sat down and she said very plainly, “I want to ask Jesus to be my Savior.”, though she had never heard who Jesus was before Monday. I explained again who God was, His plan for loving us and wanting a relationship with us, how He sent His Son Jesus to pay the price for our sins and then conquer death by rising from the dead. She said she understood and wanted to pray with me, but she wanted to go inside and pray privately. I had the privilege of helping her ask Jesus into her heart, this little girl who is only 6 but understood the simplicity of His love for her. God is working mightily in the lives of the people in this little town!!
Today we took pictures of all the children sitting in the boat that was a prop for our Deep Sea Discovery themed VBS. They had such a great time and the parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles were happy to receive these pictures. We had brought down many copies of the “Jesus Storybook Bible” to give to the children and were able to hand them out on the last day as well. I had asked mid-week how many children had Bibles of their very own and were surprised how few did. I was able to quickly order teen study Bibles for the teen group and they were so excited to receive them! Several were in tears when they saw they received theirs.
We were blessed to be able to spend a couple hours on the Mattawamkeag River, boating, fishing and kayaking. Thank you to Peter Tidd, Jeff, Jeffy and Dave for the wonderfully relaxing adventure. Maine’s black waters are so beautiful!!
That evening we showed the movie “Do You Believe”, which has a powerful gospel message. The gentleman, who had never come inside the church before Wednesday’s sing along where the children sang, came again to watch this movie. It was clear that he was touched by this message, but didn’t want to talk about the movie itself afterword, however he did hang around to talk with the team for quite a while. Again, God is working mightily in the lives of the people in this town!
As we said our goodbyes, several of us were able to remain in the church with Pastor Steve and Sharon Waite and pray for them and pray and sing blessings over them. What a precious time together! Please remember them in your prayers as well. After hosting us all week and having VBS, they go straight into a week of tent revival meetings with many churches in the surrounding communities.
We spent the last couple hours by the campfire sharing how God had worked in our lives. It is impossible to serve the Lord alongside others, non-stop for a week, see how these simple acts of loving your neighbor impact their lives, and not be changed.
Saturday, the team who was driving the truck and trailer with the tools, equipment and our luggage left at 8am. The rest of us left the lodge at 10:30 to head to the Airport in Bangor. We were thankful for the easy flight times and landed at 4:10 in DC and returned to PBC at 5:30pm. As I sit here typing this, I know my team mates are thinking and feeling similar things. We are happy to be home with our families, but missing our new family in Wytopitlock. We are so thankful for God’s provision, protection, love and grace shown to all of us. These memories and friendships will last a lifetime.
Once again, thank you for your prayers for all of us! Please pray about joining us on a mission trip!
Courtney, Larry and Tim Foster
Brian and Stephanie McMullen
Judy and Joseph McDonough
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