We got a message from Domonic yesterday, his aunt Mai Moui was found. He didn't give any details but said that she was unharmed. He wanted to thank us for passing out the 'Missing Flyers' in our neighborhood.
Ever since Saturday's gathering to pray and dream together about Abbey Way's future, I feel as though my mind has been in overdrive with new ideas/dreams of how to serve in our neighborhood and a genuine longing to get out there. I do tend to be an idea person but the desire God has put in my heart is something I haven't experienced quite like this before. I have been overwhelmed a little by to many ideas and decided to pray that God would show me(us) simple and obvious ways to get involved with our neighbors.
When the kids and I were sitting on our front step on Tuesday, Domonic and his family were passing out flyers all down our road. The woman who came to our door had a big pile of them and she was obviously very worried. To help them was simple and obvious, an answer to the prayer.
It was awesome to see our little AW team assemble (5 adults and 7 kids). We split up AW style (adult/child) and within an hour and a half had passed 175 flyers. The kids were so excited. I was with little M for a while, we had a system. I would fold on the sidewalk and she would run up to each mailbox and distribute. On the way back from the house she would run past me, grab a new one, and yell "next one." One time she handed one to a woman cleaning outside her house. The woman said 'Thank You.' This inspired M! She shouted "Did you hear her Steph? She said 'Thank You!' It's just so fun to do good things!." Wow.
Seven year old E has been telling her mom about her new friend Wang at school. It turns out that Wang is the grandson of Mai Moui. E put it together after Wang had talked about his grandmother that was missing. I wonder how this might have felt to Wang, knowing that his friend E was trying to help find his grama? I felt God saying to me this morning that I just need to be present to His simple suggestions, that He is in control of the overall complex plan. I am so excited about what God is doing at AW, and how He might work through our simple steps forward as a community of service.
It's spring. You know what they say.... April showers bring May flowers!