Today marked the final day of the project here in Dallas, Texas. I am happy to report that all of the crews finished their projects today, and the houses look great! Most of the crews had to stay later today to finish up the projects, and the crews that did finish early went to the other crews to help them; it was awesome to see all the students working together, and helping each other out.
These students and leaders raised $1,072.60 in the missions offering last night that goes to Generation SEND and Current Canada which are organizations that are dedicated to spreading the gospel to unreached places and growing the kingdom of God.
This week, 33 presentations of the gospel were made, 29 people were prayed for, 20 Bibles were handed out, and 1 person accepted Christ has his Lord and Savior. These were people in the community that were just passing by the worksites wondering what in the world these crazy people were doing.
Many more students accepted Christ into their hearts, rededicated their lives to God, and decided to live lives dedicated to missions and spreading the good news of Jesus.
Hearts have been filled, lives have been transformed, and this city has been changed because of the work that these participants have done this week.
Even though the participants are leaving Dallas, the impact they made here will last forever. They are bringing back a determination to see their home cities change the same way they helped Dallas change. So sadly this week has reached its end, but the hearts that were changed, the lives that were impacted, and the decisions that were made- those will live on.
On behalf of the whole summer staff and coordinators, I would like to thank you for praying and supporting your friends and family that joined us this week. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to be able to hang out with and share the love of God with.
We hope that you continue to pray for the rest of the 16,000 students that are across America working with World Changers this summer. The power of prayer is an incomprehensible thing.
Unfortunately, the time is near: our World Changers week together is coming to a close. The participants had a crazy day working extremely hard making sure they’ll be ready to finish their project by tomorrow. Some crews even finished today!
Across the board, all the kids agreed that today was the hottest one yet; the temperature rose to 100 degrees without factoring in the heat index. Regardless, they pushed trough it and had a very successful day.
These participants are truly a blessing to this city. Paying money to come work on someone else’s house just doesn’t make sense, it’s crazy! Crazy to the world, yet completely ordinary to these students. Sharing the love of Christ, and caring for His children; loving everyone the way God does. It is crazy; it’s crazy awesome.
Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. God has definitely been made known this week, and it’s not even over yet! I ask that you continue to pray for safety and that lives will be impacted and changed by the work these students and leaders are doing.
Day two of a construction was a success! It is outstanding to see how well the crews are doing and working together and how quick they’re doing it! Siding is being replaced, insulation is being installed, walls are being painted, and lives are being transformed already by the work these participants are doing.
I was able to talk to a homeowner today about the students and the work they were doing on her home. With tears welling up in her eyes she said, “These kids here are my answered prayer. This is a God thing. You have no idea how much this means to me.”
These students are showing the love of God to communities who have never seen anything like it before. Battling against this crazy heat with sweat and paint everywhere and yet, they are still smiling. All the time. This truly is a God thing.
After waking up bright and early, the crews met outside the church this morning for the Great Send Off. They played some funny games, did some stretches, and had a moment of prayer before piling into their vans and cars and heading off to their worksites.
So for the past few weeks the temperature here in Dallas has been in the 70′s and 80′s, but wouldn’t you know it. Starting today and going through the end of the week the temperature will be in the high 90′s with an even higher heat index, and with a very little chance of rain. These students and leaders will be fighting some intense rays this week, but they are still in good spirits knowing the awesome impact they are having on this city.
Today was the start of the week long project on the houses, and they definitely have their work cut out for them!
Please be in constant prayer for these dedicated participants as they battle the heat, and work hard on these homes to change this city, and change the world.
I am so happy to report that all of the teams arrived safely today and ready to work! The staff had a blast being able to hang out, pray for, and meet all of the wonderful participants. Today the groups moved into their rooms, ate dinner, met their crews for the worksites, and had an awesome night of worship.
Tomorrow the teams will head off to their worksites and get started on a week-long home improvement mission. Excitement is in the air, and the participants are eager to get going.
I ask that all of you be in prayer for our groups as they drive out to the worksites and begin to start construction; pray for safety, for leadership, for health, for the construction to go smoothly, and most importantly that lives will be impacted and transformed through the work that these participants are doing, and that the name of Jesus will be made famous in this city.
Again, the E-ncouragrams are up and ready to be used, so if you would like to send a note to a participant(s), go to the home page and click on the E-ncouragram logo and then the city and week (Dallas, June 10-15) that the participant is in.
What’s going on bloggers?! In less than 24 hours this project will finally be underway, and the staff and coordinators cannot wait! The church we are lodging at for the week (Primera Bautista Iglesia) is ready to go for the participants. Everything is in place and the only thing we are missing is dedicated participants that are ready to share the love of God, and let their light shine on this awesome city.
Hey Participants and Parents! I just wanted to let you guys know how excited we are to be able to serve with your youth groups this coming week. We have been praying for you all and are so thankful for the sacrifices you are making to be apart of this wonderful opportunity to live out our faith by sharing the love of God by serving others.
Our staff this week is awesome (coming from a completely unbiased viewpoint of course) and are so pumped to be able to serve the participants. Below is a list of all the staff and their jobs:
Project Coordinator: Shawn Edwards
Construction Coordinator: Mark Haveman
Associational Coordinator: Miranda Shue
Worship Speaker: Shawn Edwards
Music Leader: Nikki Pitts
Office Manager: Laura Jones
Audio and Visual Technician: BrandonMcCorkle
Missions and Communication Specialist: Landry Vaught
This week, the students and leaders will be able to change this city by helping people and families fix their houses via painting, building decks, fixing siding, and many more projects that these people wouldn’t be able to do on their own. The participants will also have the opportunity to share the gospel with people who may have never heard it before. This week the students and leaders will have the opportunity to change this city, and change the world.
Throughout the project week, be sure to check back here for blog updates, photos, videos, and prayer requests.
There is also an opportunity to send the participants encouraging letters and notes throughout the week that they will receive the following morning. To send an E-couragram, click on the link on the home page and then find the correct project and week.
Once again on behalf of the whole staff I can’t thank you enough for being apart of this mission. We look forward to meeting everyone very soon!