GAP’s theme verse for 2015 was I Corinthians 3:7, “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow.” I am so thankful for all the partners who have came alongside us this year to help plant the Word of God and water the seeds already planted. Prayer partners who have faithfully prayed, financial partners who have sacrificially given, and volunteer partners who have answered the call to go, have all played a vital part in the Lord’s ministry here at GAP during 2015.
This summer we saw the beginning of a weekly women’s Bible study at Left Beaver Townhouses. God provided two faithful ladies to lead this study, and although attendance varies from week to week, the ladies are growing in their relationship with Christ. One of the ladies from the study told us how much she enjoys the study and how the teachers seem to bring the Bible to life for her.
Last year was packed full of exciting ministry. Teams helped us hold several Backyard Bible Clubs, VBSs, wonderful ministry times at the Group Home, many great home visits, and there were awesome times of ministry at BeansTalk as teams engaged our clients with the love of Jesus Christ. I’ll never forget going to check on a team working on a client’s home (Nason) during some minor repairs. The excitement in Nason’s face and voice as he took me into his newly remolded bathroom to show me around, but then shared that he had knelt beside his tub that day with a member of the mission team and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior! It has been a year full of ministry.
As 1 Corinthians 3:7 talks about planting the seed and watering, the verse reminds us that it’s not about the one who plants or the one who waters; it’s all about Him. For it says, it is “only God” who can plant the seed. It is “only God” who can water the seed. It is “only God” who can give ladies a desire to study His Word each week and bring it to life for them. It is “only God” who can make Himself and His love known to others. It is “only God” who can transform any of us just like He did Nason. Praise be to God, forevermore!
It is “only God” who can bring together a bunch of broken, worthless vessels, like ourselves, for His glory and honor! Thank you for making 2015 a year of growth! Thank you for your faithful prayers of petition. Thank you for your generous financial gifts of support. Thank you for answering the call to “go” and serve alongside us in 2015. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever, “ 1 Chronicles 16:34.