Friday, August 3, 2012

1 day till back2school


Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

It is here.  back2school is happening today for some special kids and tomorrow for lots of students.  This is our biggest outreach of the year, and this is also an expression of what God does in so many ways.  When churches work together, lives will be changed, the world will take notice and our enemy is defeated.  That is awesome!

I’d like to share with you the process that a student goes through as they are part of the back2school project:

REGISTRATION --- every student has to be registered long before the event which includes sharing their shoe size, age, school and family info.  This is an event that will encourage the entire family.  On the day of the event the student receives a lanyard with all the info that help them go through the process.

THE STORY --- some great storytellers will talk through the story of the Good Samaritan as well as the story of how Manny Ohomme came to know Jesus (Manny and his organization Samaritan’s Feet are some of our ministry partners).  It is a story of hope and sharing with others what God has given.  Please pray for those who will hear the story that those who are lost will be saved and that those who are discouraged will be encouraged and find hope in God.

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

HAIR CUTS --- students are offered a new hair cut by some great volunteers who give them a new look and prepare them for school.  The smiles on the kid’s faces will melt your heart.

FOOT WASHING AREA --- each student will receive new shoes and socks, but before the new items are put on each student’s feet, a volunteer will wash their feet and talk with them about their hopes and dreams.  We do this because of what the Bible teaches us in serving others.  What an incredible expression of God’s love washing feet is.  This makes a big difference in each child’s life.

CLOTHES CLOSET --- choosing school clothes can be lots of fun.  Students will be able to pick out 6 items each.  These clothes have been donated.  Most of them are gently used but in great shape.

BACKPACKS and SCHOOL SUPPLIES --- right before leaving the building each student receives a bottle of Gatorade and a brand new backpack with school supplies inside.  We have found this is a great way to help parents who are in need and to encourage kids to begin a new school year with hope and strength.

Through the process these students are prayed over, prayed for and prayed with.  It is our belief that God has called us to serve the people He loves and win the right to talk with them about Jesus.  When we share God’s love and meet needs, we are doing what Jesus did while He was on earth.  There is no greater thing to do than to serve others.

We aren’t perfect.  We have lots to learn, but God has opened our lives and a great opportunity to serve others through back2school.  Our prayer is that 2013’s event will be bigger and better.  But in front of us is the 2012 event that will be helping more students than ever, in more places than ever and with more passion than ever to demonstrate the love of God to every person that comes our way. 

Please help us serve these students.  Give.  Serve.  Pray.  More to come as we celebrate what God will do tomorrow.  I can’t wait!!!

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

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