We recently began on a new series of sermons from the practical book of James. Two weeks ago, we learnt about “How we can benefit from our problems”. Last Friday, we enjoyed ourselves during caregroup beginning with a fun jigsaw puzzle whose pieces were hidden around the living room and the participants had to look for it and piece it together. (By the way, Jigsaw Puzzle is “Rompe-Cabezas” in spanish.. which literally translated, means “Break Heads”… very interesting huh? :D)
The completed jigsaw shows 2 different sized birds with the question, “Which is bigger?” A seemingly plain question initially, but the real answer is “It depends on your perspective. Whichever bird is nearer to you, is bigger.” Just the same way, sometimes, we feel our problems are much bigger and ‘real-er’ than God when we are going through them, though the truth is that our God is a powerful and great God, the Creator and Savior of the world. 🙂
After the jigsaw game, which really engaged the group, we sat down and shared about some of the problems we were going through. Timothy led us in a series of discussion questions where we shared and thought about our initial response to the problem and now, what we think God wanted us to learn through the problems. Every problem has its purpose, to teach, mold and grow us in our character, to help us learn to persevere so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything. 🙂 It was a cozy time of sharing and encouraging each other in Christ. We saw 3 friends joining us – Jennifer: a friend of Monica, Vanessa: Jessi’s sister (who came for service on Sunday too!), and Cammy: Jessi’s friend. It was a wonderful, open time of sharing, even from the friends of whom, the latter two, were first-timers to CG! Wow, PTL… 🙂
We are really thankful and glad that the church is growing. God’s hand is at work here.. 🙂 We hope to open a new CG soon, so that families and young adults can benefit from building small-group relationships and learning from the Bible! Pray with us that the birth will happen soon and it will be a smooth and well-received transition for the people!