What a beautiful, cool, breezy day for our first ChickTime-Jackson event on Sunday, October 29, 2017! The eight of us arrived at Canopy happily dressed in our pink T-shirts. Anticipation and joy was rippling through the group as we walked for the first time into a room where 10 precious young ladies quietly awaited us. As we greeted them and carried in goodies to enjoy a bit later, the quiet gave way to sweet curiosity.
One by one Linda had each of us introduce ourselves, telling them a little about us, and the girls began to interact, asking questions that we so enjoyed answering! They were excited to hear from our missionaries, and to hear a bit of Chinese and a little Greek spoken by a few of us! It only got better from there! We were all soon laughing and enjoying each other.
Linda gathered fun information from each girl, and then began a beautiful story of how lovely pearls are formed inside the oyster. Response to injury inside the oyster causes a secreted solution that eventually covers the injury, which leaves a residue that, over time, creates the pearl. The girls were told that they are that beautiful, costly pearl…that Jesus gave everything to purchase. Pearls of great value, as in Matthew, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
Matthew 13:44-46 NIV
A flurry of activity and excitement entered as the girls then made pearl necklaces, to remind them of their identity in Christ.
The World Champion Robotics Team of Brandon, Mississippi, then spoke to the young ladies and demonstrated their robot and their skills. Good questions were asked and were well answered. Such fun! We then heard the testimony of Logan, who is part of the Robotics team. Back in March, Logan began to have pain in his upper leg. A few weeks ago after an MRI, Logan was given a diagnosis by doctors of bone cancer, and they laid out a plan of treatment that included chemotherapy and radiation, sure it was malignant. A biopsy was scheduled. The day of the biopsy surgery, 3 samples were obtained. All showed no sign of cancer, so a sample was sent off for further testing. Logan’s mother called every day to ask if the results were back yet. The result came back sooner than expected – BENIGN! Hallelujah! We gave God glory, cheering and clapping!!!
We all then enjoyed delicious cake, brownies, and sweets provided by one of the best bakers (and possibly THE best) – our leader, Linda! One girl told us she doesn’t like cake, but she liked Linda’s cake so much that she went back for seconds!
We left knowing the hearts of these sweet young ladies were affected in good ways by our Lord Jesus, as we were blessed to minister and represent our great King to them. We give God great glory for this opportunity to sow into their lives, and we gratefully look forward to future events!