Friday, June 26, 2015

do something together

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

This week I had the honor of spending time with the some of the students from our church that were part of the SBCV’s Fusion mission camp.  Our team was connected with Church on the Avenue in Richmond, VA to impact their community.  They did yard work, prayer walked and prepared for a huge block party that will happen tonight.   Pray for the success of this event!

Fusion mission camp involved students from several different churches that served across the Richmond area.  Some worked in backyard Bible clubs, some worked with block parties, some cleaned yards… and the list goes on.  Much was accomplished by these 150 students and their leaders.

Back at home on our new campus students from three local churches (Christ Church, New Life Community Church, Hope Presbyterian Church) have been working hard each morning this week to help our facility get ready to be used.  Their hard work has helped a great deal.  These teens have also lead Bible clubs in a local park.

Our students were part of a camp that had a theme of “do something together”.  Both of these groups have done something together and have stories to tell about what God has done in their lives and to those around him. 

By working together much can happen in a very short period of time.  The Bible study and worship times were built around the story of Nehemiah and his leading God’s people to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days.  Because all the people chose to work together they were able to do much more than anyone thought possible.  Not all of the people were skilled labors, like the students working at our new campus or those at mission camp, but still each group got much done. 

In fact some of the impact of these students won’t be seen until we reach heaven.  Salvation and Spiritual growth often reminds me of a spider web.  Such a web is made of many strands with each one touching and helping the other be stronger.  When we serve, reach people, share our story, be kind, many lives will be touched by Christ.

It takes all of us to accomplish great things.  I think almost daily about our back2school outreach that is about 5 weeks away and see how a large group of people from many different churches can do much when we choose to do things together.

Who will you partner with?  What will you seek to accomplish?  God will use your heart, your passion and your connecting with others to make a big difference for many, many people!

John 12:26  NASB
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

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happy birthday, Julie

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