I an excited about the back2school 2017 outreach that is just 2 weeks away. We hope to serve 2,500 students at 9 locations plus their parents or guardians will come to this outreach. This is our largest and most awesome outreach for our church.
This weekend is the pack the bus event at Wal Mart and other locations. Please donate school supplies at the locations or bring them to any one of the 9 locations.
While these students are here with us, not only will the students get new shoes and socks, new backpacks and school supplies, but they will hear a story that will give them hope and possibly change their lives. Each student will have their feet washed as one of our volunteer team members share with them about things that really matter.
This is incredible! You need to hear their stories, you need to see these students and our volunteers at their best. But we still need some things.
First, we need donations of school supplies. Everything from young children to high school students is needed. If you live in our area and would like to donate, please let us know (or call the church at 276-647-8231).
Second, we need volunteer team members. This weekend we work to "pack the bus" with donated school supplies from local people who deliver the supplies to our bus in front of the Martinsville Wal-Mart, Big Lots and other locations. Volunteers are asked to join in one of the greatest times together on Tuesday, August 1st at 6pm to pack the backpacks at our new campus (700 Commerce Court, Martinsville VA). That is the greatest day close to how incredible the big day of the event on August 5th. From early, EARLY morning till late in the evening we will serve students.
Third, the last day to register students to take part on the back2school outreach is next Tuesday, July 25th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at any of the locations. Your help is needed to get the word out to those in need of this program
Fourth and most important, we need your prayers. When God's people get together and work hard for the kingdom, our enemy isn't happy. Please pray. Pray for the students, our team members and all the resources we need to make this happen.
The weeks getting ready for back2school are fun but tiring. I love sharing with people that God wants our lives to count for His good. back2school does that and so much more! Here are a few verses that grab my attention:
2 Chronicles 14:2 NASB
Asa did good and right in the sight of the L his God,
I want that to my testimony and the truth about the people I lead. Wouldn't that be awesome?
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war."
God strengthens His people. That is us. We are so foolish when we do seek or run to God.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, OLord, my rock and my redeemer.
That's my prayer. God transform me… my life… my words and my actions… my family and what I call important. In hearing from others who are amazed at what we do through back2school, I want people to see God more than anything else. I don't change lives, God does.
Lets pray that God will transform lives around us and transform us by His love. This is a great time to be a child of God.