Friday, September 5, 2008

A Big Sale for Lil' Suzie!

In I John 4:7-8, the Word of God says this, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

Several weeks ago, unbeknownst to Steph and me, our Bible study ("The Knot," see our links on this blog), were brainstorming ways in which they might be able to encourage and serve us during this trial. An idea of a yard sale was pitched, and the monster was created! Today was the first of two days for this sale in honor of our little baby Suzie.

Our dear friends took on a massive campaign of gathering items from our church body and apartment complex. They have sacrificed hours and hours of gathering, organizing, and pricing items. Hundreds of people have donated items out of love for us.

Today was an absolute blessing and encouragement. 15+ volunteers served throughout a 100 degree day because of their love for Christ and us. God was faithful in bringing a steady flow of people who bought up the items. Gospel tracts were handed out, with the words, "God's grace is why we are doing this."

I can't tell you the joy and comfort that Steph and me have felt today. God has been so faithful to us during this trial. May we be faithful in declaring His goodness! It so special to see God using Suzie's condition for good. The gospel is being shared, the people of God are being edified in love for one another, and Steph and I are growing in our love for our Savior. Wow.

How much money has been raised? Well, our Bible study is going to "let the cat out of the bag" to us the next time we meet together. We look forward to sharing this with you, not to brag, but to show the readers of this blog what a great and compassionate God we serve.

Love...many people claim to possess it. Many people have the "feeling" of love. Many people speak of love. Biblical love is different than the world's love though. Biblical love is expressed in action, sacrificing oneself for the benefit of another. "We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" (I Jhn 3:16).

Thank you to all who have "laid down" your lives for us. We praise God for you!

Much love,

Kyle and Steph


Cathy said...

It is so very heartwarming to see your church family come alongside you in the many ways that they have. As Steph's "parental units," we watch in wonder, awe and thankfulness and praise the Lord for the His amazing love and provision through friends united by the blood of Christ.

Words can't begin to express our appreciation for each of you.

Gratefully in Christ,
Cathy & Rick (aka Mema and Poppi)

Brent & Kim Small said...

We are praying for all three of you. We love you.