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God Uses iPods to Speak Volumes
by Whitney Williams
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013
When a church youth group from Winnsboro, Texas showed up to “My Special Treasure,” a girls’ home in Guatemala, with iPod Shuffles in tow, they weren’t just some rich Americans bearing gifts—they were evidence of a God who listens and cares.

But before we get into that, let’s rewind a bit.

Out shopping for some last minute mission trip supplies with her daughter, an adult leader from Pine Street’s student ministry received a sudden revelation from God … buy an iPod Shuffle for each girl at “My Special Treasure.

She immediately called student minister Nub Brown, who gave her the go-ahead. Excited, the mother and daughter made the purchase and put about 70 songs on each device.

In the meantime, Brown started brainstorming how to present such valuable gifts in a way that would glorify God.

“I didn’t want us to just come over and give them something because we have it,” Brown said.

Upon arrival, Brown told the translators what they had in mind. “Would it be okay for us to give them these iPods?”

Tears filled their eyes—a reaction Brown did not expect.

“These girls have been praying specifically for an iPod,” one of the translators told Brown.

“What are the chances?” Brown thought to himself, deciding this was definitely a “God thing.”

The moment came and Brown did a quick devotional with the unassuming girls, teaching them that God listens to our prayers, and sometimes even does things to prove this to us.



Brown told the girls to line up back-to-back with the students and adult leaders from Pine Street, who each secretly had an iPod Shuffle in hand. On the count of three they turned around to face each other, and a hush fell over the room.

“The most holy hush I’d ever experienced,” Brown said. “God used that that moment to show those girls that He sees them and their struggles, that He hears their prayers and loves them.”

Brown and his team so enjoyed their trip to Guatemala with Orphan Outreach that they have another one booked this summer, but on this trip, the student minister says, the team has something a little different in mind.

“Instead of ministering directly to ‘My Special Treasure,’ the girls at ‘My Special Treasure’ are going to go side-by-side with us to minister to others.”

May God speak volumes once again.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or [give away iPods], do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31




 


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