He Turns Dumps into Gardens
A year ago the place where the tent is erected was a dump. The community of Jim Se Bos discarded waste from their “homes” into this vacant lot.
A year ago a team from the US joined with Pastor Raymond and his team of Love in Action to feed hundreds of people from this trash site. Now this ground has become holy ground. A place where daily young children are feed and ministered to, where hundreds come every Wednesday to receive the only healthy meal all week.
On Good Friday this once dump was transformed into a beautiful garden with brilliant smiles, joyful songs, and heartfelt dancing. This place that hosted broken glass, discarded containers, and rotten smelly food, is now alive with heavenly hope.
What transformed this literal dump into a sanctuary of praise? Christ on the cross of Calvary, another forsaken sight outside the city, possibly a dump. Because of Jesus’s physically broken body, our life literally a spiritual wasteland can be turned into a magnificent garden. His perfect love was poured out in blood that Good Friday to heal the deepest wounds and brokenness in our human hearts to restore sinners to the Father’s arms of unconditional love. Oh there is power in the simple Gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus shared and lived out!
After the worship celebrations teams passed out 1000 loaves of bread and 1000 cans of fish into the community. Places of despair and darkness encountered the healing light of Jesus through His radiant children. It is hard to describe the joy as His love weaved through the crooked narrow streets of tin shacks.
It’s this constant, supernatural love from once discarded, broken people, remade by Jesus who have helped turn spiritual dumps into gardens. By the end of the weekend we saw many more broken hearts saved by the power of the resurrected Jesus and repent and turn their lives into gardens for the Father’s glory.
Our broken world is in desperate need to see and hear the love of Jesus who takes the discarded and broken things of this world and makes them into beautiful gardens. All who have been found by His love have a story to show and tell. May the Holy Spirit help you share yours with someone today!
“If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation the old is gone the new has come! All this is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5:17,18
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