Conduits of Love by Karen

Often times we feel like nothing more than conduits of other people's love.  The Lord uses us to connect those in need to others who have the means and the desire to help the less fortunate.  

Last week we were super blessed by a visit from a couple of our mission partners who were in Puerto Rico celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary. 

In addition to the service work that they did while we were together, they also wanted to bless those in need by sharing care packages that they had assembled back home: food, hygiene items, underwear, and a beautiful picture of Jesus.  They had them all sorted and labeled to make sure that the men and women received appropriate items.

When we arrived in Aguadilla we invited all the "regulars" who often gather on the street corner to join us for prayer and song.  

Chris translated as our guests introduced themselves and thanked everyone for coming. 

Our friends served a delicious lasagna casserole that they had spent the morning preparing, along with some warm, freshly baked bread.  The folks were really excited because they rarely eat hot meals.  Most of them do not have the means to prepare meals in their homes and the volunteers that pass out food typically share sandwiches and/or canned foods.    

As everyone was enjoying lunch our friends read their favorite scripture passage and shared a bit about why it's been so impactful for them.  Chris did a great job of translating so that everyone could understand.  

Next up was praise and worship.  Chris led us in singing a few of this group's favorites. 

If you want to see some short video clips of our mini concert for Christ, click on the following two links:

When we were done singing our friends passed out their gift bags. 

When the recipients discovered that the bags didn't only include canned sausages and granola bars, but also underwear, they were SO thankful and started giving each other high-fives and fist bumps.  

"If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?  Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth."  (1 John 3:17-18)

Before we left our friend, Joe, wanted to play a song for our guests as a way to express his gratitude for their generosity and love.  

Thank you, Jesus, for using us as conduits of other people's love.  Thank you for this amazing faith-filled couple who chose to spend part of their vacation serving the poor in Aguadilla.  Thank you for everything you do to help each one of us learn how to love you more authentically and give of ourselves more selflessly.  Amen!!

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