Within a few days of getting back from our Community of Practice retreat, we are already seeing fruit. It is so refreshing to know we did hear correctly what God was saying.
The summer of 2013 I would regularly walk about five blocks to Nate and Natalie’s house. Along the way I would smile and wave at anyone who would make eye contact with me. I met quite a few people this way. And just this past week, one of the ladies I still wave at came to my house. She was crying and embraced me with a hug for awhile. I was confused and shocked. I had one or two quick talks with her in the past, maybe, and every other time I would wave and just ask how she was doing. As we were hugging I remembered the people came to Jesus for help. They would just show up in front of him. I prayed before I said anything, asking God to help me help her.
While we were hugging I began to ask her questions as to why she was crying. Asking if she was hurt, or if she was not safe. She whispered to me, “I’m in pain, I’m in pain.” She was so sad, this is the only thing she could get out in between crying. She picked her head up off my shoulder and looked me in the eyes and said, “I’m in pain Danielle, you don’t even know.” My heart broke. This was not physical pain she was feeling, but emotional pain. Knowing she could not speak of the pain, I asked her if we could pray and she said yes.
So we stood together and I prayer to our Father. I sent her along with some food and another hug. I told her thank you for coming and that if she needs anything to come back, that we will be here for her.
I can replay her voice and facial expressions in my mind. Over and over. It is a reminder for me that people need to hear the Good News here. They need to be loved in this broken world, in this hard place in Columbus. And I am so happy God is using us here in Southern Orchards. We don’t know all the pain and suffering people are in, but we know God does. We are here to be part of Him restoring and making all things new, and to show His Kingdom is alive.