Last month, each of our Community Groups “adopted” a child in the Henrico County foster care system and pooled their resources to buy them Christmas gifts.  My Community Group adopted a young boy named, Micah.  Aliza and I were thrilled to share God’s love with him in a practical way, especially since we have a 1-year old Micah of our own.

Craig Smith, our staff deacon, sent the following update to me after a visit he made with Shawn Rozier and Mercy Robertson to deliver some of the gifts.  I hope reading this is as encouraging for you as it was for me.  God is so kind to allow us to love others as he has loved us in Jesus.

“Prior to Christmas, a few members from Kingsway and kids were able to distribute Christmas presents to two families that were experiencing very tough situations.    The gifts were great, but the prayer was something I won’t ever forget.  God met us at each home.  The first family was overwhelmed by our church generosity and care.  We were able to give a bible with a notecard so they as a family could read together what Christmas was really about.  Most of our visit we simply held hands and prayed.  Maybe a few tears too.  The second visit was to a home that was difficult to experience.  Hot, smoky, loud and filled with sickness.  It reminded me why outreach is so important.  Hell is real.  Only Christ can save us from what we deserve.  After we gave our gifts and listened to the grandmother’s cares, worries, and spent a long time in prayer, she began to dance as she recalled the gift she got at the courthouse.  She received a box of food that was so full they had to make room by taking out pots and pans.  But most important was this special gift.  She went back to the kitchen dancing the whole way thanking Jesus.  She brought back a cookie jar with a layered cookie mix inside.  She asked if we had ever seen one like it.  When we said our church made them, she couldn’t believe it.  She said you surely were sent by God.”

Matthew Williams grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys, Ethan, Micah, and Tyler. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and is nearly finished with his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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