Friday, July 28, 2017

back2school 1 week away


But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

One week from today 9 locations across our region of the world will be prepared to serve students and their families helping each prepare for a great school year.  This is the 10th year of this event and sure to be the biggest and best.

Please pray for the students that will be served and for each team member who will be serving.  Pray for the rest of the supplies needed to be ready for the students.  Pray for the truth of God to be shared for this hope to ring in the minds, hearts and lives of each student we get to serve.

Yes I said, “we get to serve”.  It is an honor to serve, and for many of the team members who will work through this project this has become passion and laced with real joy.  Serving is what we make of it.  Are you willing to step up?

More than 12 years ago I sat in a church listening to a missionary that works in some of the poorest areas of our country.  He shared how some simple acts of serving and giving make a huge impact.  That day I heard from God, but I wasn’t even thinking about the magnitude of where we are today.

That testimony led to our church serving a few families.  Then we stepped up with a new church to serve 75 students, and for the next two years we stayed to ourselves.  God blew the doors off after that.  Shoes were added after speaking with a NASCAR chaplain that was seeing God use shoes and washing feet change many lives for Christ.  Then God put me in front of a couple pastors that joined the effort.  The next there were 3 churches involved in 3 locations.  It began to grow and get sharper the next several years.  Now we find ourselves with a goal of serving 2,500 students with 9 locations plus a special outreach in Kentucky, another in West Virginia and even plans for serving children in a few countries overseas.

This is exciting.  One week from today back2school 2017 comes to life.  Pray for impact.  Pray for the students.  Pray that the glory of God will shine…

Matthew 5:16  NLT
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Luke 2:9  KJV
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them

We haven’t seen the greatest parts yet!

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