Yes, God is good all the time. You should have seen the faces. Miss Gerry, overjoyed with pots and pans, supplies and things for the kitchen ... teachers just so excited it was Christmas in October. The children tonight used the pencils and yarn and materials with such glee...
The all-time favorite was the car puppet. They laughed, they were so silly, and I danced with the puppet and Jamelia, who turned 16 today and chose to come to church on her 16th birthday. Pretty cool! She loved being the center of attention and left saying it's the birthday she will never forget.
We were all silly and joyous in the word and song and dance. You should have seen them when we added the few instruments we had and told them we planned to make instruments with the toilet paper rolls and other materials next week. Oh, you would think it was Christmas around here.
Please tell everyone what a difference it has already made. When I told the people that the toys for the playroom were coming, one of my five year olds said, "Well, Pastor, you prayed for us to have new toys Saturday and I have been praying too and see – God always listens and answers prayers. Sometimes in one day and sometimes not like we want, but it's always how God thinks it's best because God loves us."
At that point we had a 15-minute discussion about prayer and types of prayer, we sang, we praised. And I realized that even with a small number this evening, it's amazing what faithful people do to make such a difference in each other's lives.
Your Sister in Christ,
Giselle C. Coutinho
Bridge of Peace Community Church
Yorkship and Tuckahoe Rds.
Camden, NJ 08104