This is Roddy in the middle
Over the past few weeks we have been busy with an amazing teen conference, several women’s conferences, church services, and visiting a summer camp for orphans. We try to share insights that we get during the month in our blog, and with everything that has happened, we have come away with many insights.
A group from Kyustendil (our home town and the church we work very closely with) was able to attend the large teen conference called Love Bulgaria that we were privileged to help with this year. The group was led by Roddy, who was responsible for five other people from his church. Roddy participated in the sports group for street evangelism. This is when we go to a village and play soccer (football) involving the community with the purpose of sharing the Gospel. Roddy was always quick to volunteer and anything he could do to help, he came with a heart of humility and love. As we did the evangelism, Roddy was always obeying the leaders in charge of the groups and as a member of his team he also participated in playing. Roddy made a point to pass to open teammates and play any position on the field that would help his team win. Roddy showed no prejudice to any race and always made a point to praise any good play on the field. Roddy was the first to volunteer to give his testimony, and he shared his testimony on the last day of evangelism in the city of Razlog. While Roddy was involved with sports, he looked after his group from Kyustendil like a father looks after his children. He made sure they attended all events , he protected them, and made sure every need within his group was taken care of with a heart of humility and love. As I watched Roddy, I was very impressed with his behavior and the attitude he displayed all week. The week ended a great success!
Jessie with some of the boys in the camp.
One of the last things we did this month was to visit a camp held each year near our town for orphans. We got to see the Bible dramas being told to the young children and listen to them sing praise songs to God. The staff was made up of teens and young adults from all over the world, coming together in love to share the Gospel of Jesus. All the children in this camp were very poor Roma children. They were getting to experience the Love of God for the first time. The staff is from different countries, races and denominations to share their love with children who have never experienced love of any kind. You may be asking what does this camp have to do with Roddy? Well, Roddy is an orphan. Roddy is Roma. And Roddy’s testimony is that as a child he attended this camp when he was a young boy and experienced the Love of Christ for the first time.
The Love of God is the greatest evangelistic tool. “By this all men will KNOW that you are my disciples, if you have LOVE one for another.”
Dee Dee Galloway