Baton Rouge Team 2 Update #1

Exodus 2:23 Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.
24 So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

The area of Baton Rouge has experienced so much suffering. The Alton Sterling shooting, subsequent demonstrations, a horrific sniper attack that claimed the lives of three brave police officers and injured three more, followed a month later by a catestrophic flood. Not only has the region suffered this but the individual lives of so many shattered and torn apart by tragedy. That is what keeps us going back. Not that we think we are going to turn the whole region around or see scores brought to a living relationship with Jesus but to tell those who are hurting that Jesus loves them. Our heart is to share with the hurting and hopeless the hope eternal that is only found in Christ. To introduce them or maybe just remind them that the God of all comfort sees their tears

In verse 25 of Exodus 2, we are told that God acknowledged them. Literally it means he saw their struggles, heard their groaning and understood. I could never hope to understand what so many who suffer in this life are going through, but I know God does. I know that not only does he understand but he knows just how to minister to them. In times of suffering, words can seem so empty and meaningless. However, the Word of God is life giving and brings comfort not found anywhere else.

Proverbs 25:11 (NKJV) 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.

I pray that the words that come forth from the teams’ mouths will be as precious jewels to those who are hurting. I pray they will be spoken with love and point the way for those who are perishing to find Jesus. I pray that we might have power through His Holy Spirit to be witnesses. Will you please pray with us?

Pastor Gary I Kusunoki

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