Tuesday in Winston!

Hey Friends and Family,

Tuesday here in Winston is coming to a close! It has been such an awesome day.

This morning we had our Great Send Off. We rounded up all our students in the parking lot, got them pumped up for the day, prayed for them, and sent them out to start working.

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So today was the first day out on our sites. We are spread out all over Winston and the surrounding areas painting, building ramps, landscaping, and so much more. But we are here to do so much more than that. We want to use this construction work to share the love of  our Lord.

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After a long day of work, we all gathered together for our Gathering service. Tonight was all about how Christ is pivotal for today. Alyse shared the second foundation for a life on mission, which is spiritual maturity. Then Craig shared with us from Colossians  3. He shared with us how important Christ is to our lives everyday.

 

It has been such a great day. God is already doing incredible things here. Please continue to pray and send your encouragement! Thanks Guys.

Intentional Building

Good Evening Family and Friends!

It has been an awesome day here at World Changers in Muncie. Today entailed a little bit of everything for the participants.

Starting off with prayer, our students went off to change the city of Muncie and in the process change the world. From siding to yard work and everything in between they were excited to get to work. These students are incredible!

The crew chiefs take their job very seriously too though! Take for instance the Toe Nails crew. Their crew chief makes an extra effort to use the building project to show the students analogies for living a life for the Lord. For example, today the Toe Nails put up siding on a house. The crew chief reminded the students that just like we need a solid foundation for siding, we also must have a solid foundation on Jesus.

Tomorrow is a new day with new possibilities! Please continue to pray for your loved ones, that they will have endurance and have opportunities to share the Hope of the world.

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Is that a raccoon behind you!?

Toe Nails hard at work!

Toe Nails hard at work!

 

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.” Psalm 100:4

DAY ON ON THE WORKSITE… DONE

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A LOVE That Cannot be Measured!

Our God is a God of love, and He loves the people of Sugar Hill with a radical, unchanging, sacrificial love! We are so thankful for the opportunity to go out today and work on people’s homes in the name of Jesus, making a difference and showing and telling others about His love. A little rain this morning barely stopped our progress (it felt great anyway!) and by the afternoon everything was in full swing again. After a successful day one, who knows what else the Lord will do with 160 students out serving in His name! He wants to move with a relentless power and presence here in this city.

Tonight in worship we learned that Jesus is pivotal for our lives today. Not only is He concerned with our eternal destinies, but He also wants to be the center of our lives today. He wants to break us and change us and mold us daily into His servants as we throw off the things of our sinful nature and embrace the things of a Christ-like nature: love, purity, gentleness, and patience, just to name a few. Our relationship with Christ on earth is all about sanctification, becoming more like Him every day, embracing holiness. He is our source of strength. We rely on Him every day, every hour, every minute.

Below are some pictures from the day. Keep those prayers and encouragement coming!

 

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Let Us Rest

Sunday! The day we go to church, eat a hearty lunch, and take a nap until the football game comes on the television. At World Changers, we get the first two; but hey, it’s missions! Today all of the participants went with their crews to the churches that will be feeding them this coming week. We as staff accompanied a crew or two to church and you could just feel the whole church’s eagerness to serve our World Changers. They were itching to get into the kitchens and get lunches to these folks. Primarily, the World Changers will be working on or with churches in the Tampa Bay region, churches whom, without the help of the participants, wouldn’t be able to feasibly afford things like a new paint job. We are ready to give to this city the same love that is given to us from Christ Jesus. Be praying for everyone, for tomorrow, the real work begins!

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Soli Deo Gloria!!

It was an amazing week!!! I cannot believe it is over already. We had 13 crews this week, ministry crews and construction crews. The Gospel was showed during the week through the work of the students but it was directly spoken 97 times, 1 baptism and 5 salvation decisions!! It was awesome to see the participants working hard and being passionate about sharing the Gospel and serving, the people they served will never forget the job they did for them and the love they showed them. I hope they keep that passion for serving in their own communities when they return home.

The offering goal for this week was 600 and if they reach it the churches could throw a pie to the summer staffer they choice. OFFERING TOTAL WAS 1!!

Thanks to all the students, group leaders, our coordinators, all the volunteers and our lovely cooks! We could not have done this week without you!

Thank you, for reading the blog and encouraging the participants. Keep yourself updated following us on Facebook: facebook.com/wcmissions – Twitter: @World_Changers – and Instagram: @WCP2Missions

 

Summer 2015….RECONCILE

Before summer 2014 is finished, we want to give Group Leaders, participants, and parents a preview of the 2015 theme, Reconcile. All of our summer missions projects will be this theme.

Here is a basic description…

Next summer we will be exploring the theme Reconcile. It is a powerful and liberating message that helps students understand that God wants to make us a new creation, reconciling us to Himself through Christ. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation to help others be reconciled to God through Christ, and He calls us to be agents of reconciliation to all tribes, tongues, and nations.

We will be focusing on the following three areas:

1)      God wants us to be reconciled to Him through His Son, Jesus.

2)      He also wants us to go into the world and help others be reconciled to God through His Son, Jesus.

3)      Finally, He wants us to be agents of reconciliation, helping mend relationships and heal wrongs through the power of the grace and forgiveness of Jesus.

As we unpack this theme, students will be hit with the truth but also comforted with the depth and weight of all that Christ has done for us.

Our key passage for the summer will be 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

We hope to see you there! Here is the full schedule for all of our student mission trips.

 

Jesus, Only Jesus

Jesus, Only Jesus! This is what our total focus has been on this week and especially today. After another day of hard work we gathered tonight for our special Concert of Prayer worship experience. The Concert of Prayer is a night during which we remove all distractions and simply pray to and praise our Lord Jesus Christ. We focused on him alone from his birth to his death to his resurrection and to now where he is seated on the throne at the righteous right hand of the Father. Tonight was not about us in any way. We turned our eyes, hearts, and affections to Jesus, and only Jesus.

Be praying for all of our students and leaders on the last day of work tomorrow. Pray for strength to finish strong. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel. Pray for transformation in our own lives. Pray for the Lord to be glorified above all in Baton Rouge!

P.S. Here are some selfies from this week (we like to have fun too!). We love selfies.

 

The Daily Grind: DAY 3

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We completed our tour of the work sites today. Today’s crews were especially chipper as they ministered to kids in the Charleston area and did some yard work for some military families. All of these students, when asked how their day had been, responded joyfully and told me all about how the Lord had blessed their efforts today. What an awesome group!

Tonight, we gathered for Concert of Prayer. Each church group sat together as we focused solely on Jesus. We were guided through and reminded of The Gospel–Christ in the beginning, Christ born unto us, His love and ministry on the earth, His death and sacrifice, and (the best part) His resurrection! Because He lives, we can also live.

Be sure to check in tomorrow as we wrap up the week in Charleston, SC!