The Final Grind

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The final day is done, and we’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to all of our incredible students, adults, and awesome volunteers. This week, 11 crews worked on homes, mission houses, and churches in order to make the Lord’s name known through their love and service! They painted. They built many wheelchair ramps. They did hard yard work. They loved people. They shared the Gospel. It’s been one awesome week.

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Here’s another glimpse into what the Lord accomplished this week:

Presentations of the Gospel: 72
Salvations: 3
Tracts handed out: 56
Bibles handed out: 13
Prayers: 48

Tonight, during closing celebration, Micah and Alex held an auction for various World Changers gear–including a couple of rad scooters we’ve been riding around all summer! The offering total came to $1,037 before the auction. All the money raised in the auction will also be going toward the mission of Generation Send, so well done, Columbia World Changers!

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Thanks for making this week wonderful and for giving your time and tons of energy in order to serve the Lord and share the Gospel. We love you!

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The Daily Grind: DAY 3

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What a day we’ve had in Columbia! A few crews were transferred to some new projects because they worked too hard and finished their work early! We’re so thankful for their hard work and willingness to keep trucking and serving this community. We were able to visit some sites that were tackling everything from wheelchair ramps and house painting to staining and weed-pulling. There is lots to be done and the workers have been sent out to make things happen! Check out some of these crews at work!

Tonight, students were lead in worship during Concert of Prayer. We focused all of our attention on Christ and Christ alone. It’s never a bad idea to remind yourself of the Gospel and that’s exactly what we did. Christ in the beginning, His birth, His life and ministry and love of people, His death, His burial, and His resurrection. Because He lives, we too can live!

It’s been a great day here in Columbia. Tonight is the last night to send your students ECOURAGRAMS, so take full advantage! Pray for the crews as they wrap up their week tomorrow. Pray especially for the people they will minister to, that they would be able to share the Gospel with great boldness and courage!

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.

 

He is the God of This City!

On this beautiful misty morning in San Francisco, the World Changers Crews set out to love the people we were called to love.  They spent most of the day serving homeowners by cleaning, painting, constructing, and all sorts of other tasks.  The students were given the opportunity to love the homeowners in that way, and they have been loving them well.  Christ has been made known.

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After a full day of working, the students were sent out to go and be the hands and feet of Christ in the San Francisco area.  Some went to clean the sidewalks and pick up trans; others met people and prayed over them.  Some groups got to go and shoot hoops with people in the community, while others listened to the stories of hurting people.  The night was full of interactions that only further magnified His name.

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We cannot wait to see what tomorrow has in store!  Don’t forget to send E-couragrams to these students who are so faithfully serving.

Thank you,

Your Summer Staff

Changing the World

God is doing some amazing things here in St Louis.  Lives are being changed and love is being shown.  The Crow Bars, Hammer Heads, and Hard Hats have been doing an awesome job at that this week!  The Crow Bars have been tearing out an old concrete sidewalk and stairs and putting in a new one.

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The Hammer Heads have been scraping paint and putting on a new coat.

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The Hard Hats are putting new siding on a part of a house.

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All of our crews are showing the love of Christ by pouring into this city and its people.  Pray that they would remain strong through these last two days and rely on God for directions and encouragement!  You can also still send in E-courograms!

 

 

Spirit Lead Me…

The second work day is OVER! We had another great day of work and all of the students really impressed us again with how hard they worked. Even better, at least two community members made the decision today on worksites to follow Christ for the very first time! Did I mention that we’re only HALFWAY through the week?! We can’t believe what God is already doing in Baton Rouge and we can’t wait to see what else he has in store for these students and this community.

Tonight at The Gathering we dug into the Word of God and into our hearts to talk about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is often overlooked, but he is an integral part of the trinity and is equal to God the Father and Jesus Christ. We learned that the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, reveals God’s perfect character, reveals judgement, and shines light into dark places. Jesus had to go so that the Holy Spirit could come and what a gift he is! Pray that over the next two days we would be made aware of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we interact with people on our crews and especially people in the community. The Holy Spirit is a spirit of power, love, and self-control and we have DIRECT ACCESS to it as believers. How amazing is our God!

We’re halfway through this tough week, now is the perfect time to send your students an E-COURAGRAM! They need the encouragement to make it through the rest of the week!

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

 

Community Night!!

Today was the second day of work and our third day of World Changers Guayama. Our students are working very hard on the work sites. I had the chance to pass by a few ministry work sites and could see the students working on the community. One of the crews is working in an elderly place, making some crafts with them and a mural for them.

We had community night and we had a lot of visits, some of them trying to know more about the local church. Also some kids came to the church and had dinner with us, they were playing around on the bouncy house, having some fun!! The worship band of the local church, El Mesias, lead worship along side our music leader and they were awesome!

Do not forget you can send some encouragement to the participants by sending them an E-couragram!

 

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Today was a bit different at World Changers Brunswick. The crews worked diligently until quittin’ time. After everyone got back, they showered and left with their crews to their host churches, the nice folks who have been feeding them lunch this week. There, they had dinner and worshipped with the church, although some crews got lucky, for their churches took them to the beach! The summer staff and coordinators may or may not have been a little jealous. The work the crews are doing is incredible! From tearing down chimneys to constructing a new roof or vinyl siding. On another note, thank you ALL for your prayers. The storm rolled in at exactly 3:30, and by that time 100% of the crews finished for the day! God does answer prayers!

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Wednesday Update!

Today, our crews continued working at their worksites. They have accomplished so much in three days!

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Working hard or hardly working?

Working hard or hardly working?

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This afternoon, all of our participants enjoyed a fun afternoon/evening off in the Roanoke Valley!

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The Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain

Stay tuned for more updates! If you want to send a student or leader an encouraging note, click the “Send the E-Couragram” button on the right!

The Daily Grind: DAY 2

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We’ve completed Day 2 of work here in Charleston, SC. We visited two construction sites today where crews were painting, pressure washing, and eating delicious lunches. Later in the afternoon, we caught up with various ministry sites at some community centers. Here are a few more crews we’ve yet to introduce…

One student from the Level Heads crew told me that, at one point during the day, each child wrote down on a note card how they were feeling. She said that some cards said “happy” or “excited.” When she asked why, they said it was because the crew was there to spend time with them today. What a blessing! We’re so thankful for all the hard work of these crews. Please continue to pray as they minister to kids at community centers and connect with community members through construction. Pray that they will have countless opportunities to share the love of Christ and present the Gospel!

Don’t forget to send your students E-COURAGRAMS!