On a Monday afternoon, Darren and I drove one of the church vans around the reservation and picked up girls for the party. As we drove, I looked over at Darren and said, "Aren't you so glad to be driving this old van around picking up these precious girls for a party -- rather than sitting behind a desk doing tax returns ?" We both teared up a bit and agreed this is where we are supposed to be.
There were six girls who were able to come and we drove to our house where we frosted cupcakes, had pizza, made a craft and played a game.
During the party, one of the girls noticed our piano and asked who played it. I said I played and she asked if I could play a song. There was a hymnal open on the piano and she asked me to play that song. The song was, "Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners." I began to play and sing and she began to sing along with me. Here were the words we sang together.
Jesus, what a Friend for sinners! Jesus, Lover of my soul.
Friends may fail me, foes assail me, He, my Savior, makes me whole.
Hallelujah, what a Savior! Hallelujah! What a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end.
My heart was so grateful that the Lord was allowing this special moment in the middle of the party. This girl's parents are both in jail. She lives with her grandma and a bunch of children in the home. The house seems chaotic and stressful. I looked at her sweet face as we sang together. My heart was full. It was a moment I don't ever want to forget.
Thank you so much for praying for this party. I praise the Lord for how He orchestrated the whole thing. Please continue praying for the girls in my Sunday School class. Pray that they would truly know Jesus and what He has done for them. Pray that they would have a strong faith and be deeply rooted as they face daily struggles, stress and pressures to follow the world. I love each of them so much.