Joy in the Father's Heart
The blind and the lame came to Jesus in the Temple, and he healed them. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant. They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’” Matthew 21:14-16
I believe there was joy in the Father's heart this morning in Budapest.
As we normally do, several members of the ReachBudapest team went again today to a transitional home for refugees living in Budapest. Along with a team of volunteers from YWAM, we ate breakfast, played games, told stories, and worked to build friendships with those who live in the home, families from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, and Somalia, just to name a few. These precious men, women, and children are in the process of making Budapest their home. But in many respects they are unwelcome here, struggling to learn the language, find jobs, put food on the table, and make friends. These are people who are longing for someone to befriend them, accept them, and love them.
I think that's why I was particularly moved this morning as I heard their voices singing praises to God, proclaiming the good news of Jesus' resurrection, the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice, the goodness of the Father's love. The picture above was taken during the singing today. I wish you could have experienced the joy that filled the room! As I heard the voices lifting the song, I had an image of the Father dancing above us (Zephaniah 3:17). And I found myself moved to prayer that the children and adults who were finding such joy in the words of the songs and the rhythm of the music will one day know in their hearts the truths they are proclaiming, finding the friendship, acceptance, and love they are searching for through a restored relationship with their Creator God through the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Opportunities abound for serving among refugees in Budapest. We're currently praying that God brings to the ReachBudapest team those who He has prepared to join in this important work. For more information on this and other opportunities in Budapest, click here.
— Posted by Mark