Day four was the first day of being on outreach proper and it was Damons Birthday. The team separated into two groups today. The first group went off to perform at a rest home in Greymouth called Kowhia Manor. This was the first performance for a number of the team members, and some were a little nervous going in. The team prayed before heading off and God really came through for them. As soon as the kids started performing they really felt a peace. There were some great testimonies shared by a number of the team between the songs. After they had finished performing the kids went out and spoke to the residents. It was so awesome to see the boldness they had in discussing very broad issues with them and a number of the kids also felt to pray for the old people they were talking to, and the requests from the children to pray was welcomed by all who were asked. The team came back really buzzing from having such a positive experience and seeing how God can use them to encourage and support those watching, many of whom receive no regular visitors. Did I mention it was Damons birthday? We were also blessed to see one of the teenagers on the team receive instant healing from a niggling wrist strain. The other kids in her group gathered around and prayed for her and immediately her wrist was better. It was so exciting to see this kind of thing happening and seeing how God can use them to bless each other also. Did I mention it was Damons birthday?
Meanwhile, the other half of the split consisting of most of the older kids, bundled into the van and were off to the op shop to continue painting, and oh did I mention it was Damons birthday? As you can imagine there was as much paint on the kids as on the walls! We were amazed at how much we achieved. Tim from the Anglican Church who runs the shop arrived and asked "is it Damons birthday today?" (not really but he was quickly introduced to Damon, and oh did I mention it was Damons birthday?). Tim was blown away by the what was happening and shared with the kids what the op shop (Opportunity Shop) actually meant to the local of community of Greymouth which gave the kids a much bigger view of how places like these impact their local areas.