Last night we had our second annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Youth for Christ for our City Life kids and families. Last year, as you may remember, we were amazed as God multiplied the food we had prepared for 45 people to feed nearly 100, with food leftover. Needless to say, God is faithful, and last night he proved so once again.
This year we planned to feed 75 of our urban students and their families. We had 128 show up. Praise God! No fear, the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rice, and macaroni salad multiplied. After all 128 of our guests had eaten and come back for seconds and thirds, the 20 volunteers ate as well, and still, all of my students took plates overflowing with food home to the family members who could not come.
My favorite part of the evening was when a group of students came to the front of our made-over garage to sing a couple of the worship songs they have learned this year. If you attend church you have likely heard the worship song "Mighty to Save." It is being called one of the most powerful worship songs of all time, and if you have been in a church full of people lifting up these words in worship, you will understand why.
Now I take you to an old garage, in one of the worst neighborhoods in Fresno, the most impoverished city in the United States. You are with a room full of urban youth and their families; gang members, prostitutes, drug addicts, criminals, the lost. Serving them are the volunteers; ex-gang members, ex-prostitutes, ex-drug addicts, ex-criminals, the ones who have found redemption. We are all here together, for one purpose, to share in a feast. A handful of 10 and 11 year old girls come to the front, and without shame belt out the words, "Saviour, He can move the mountains, My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save...." The most powerful worship song of all time, yes. At least for those few moments.