Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Maayong Gabii from the other side of the world!
Today we worked on quite a few tasks to get ready for the upcoming concert this Saturday and did some cleaning up around Shofar. I'll try to remember what I can. A mass text was sent out to those who came to the youth camp inviting them to the concert. Work was also done on a fantabulus slide show to help tell people about who we are, from street level to WOTS magazine. The giant banner was laid out in the main area for inspection and to work up a hanging plan and I have to say that I cant wait to see it hanging on the stage in the auditorium at Emall. We are all very exited to be a part of what God is doing and going to do through this concert! Other groups worked at cleaning up around Shofar, from the dishes used at the camp to the screens, windows, and curtains. They did a great job as they discovered that the screens were in fact not rusty but just dirty! You can see that Tyler dived right in to cleaning the giant WOK used to cook our meals during the camp out. A couple of us worked some technical duties today from installing an cell phone signal booster to working out the technical setup and packing list for the concert on Saturday. All in all it was quite a busy and productive day today!
Thank you for all of your support and prayers! Me and the giant gecko in the corner say good night/morning.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Concert prep began today. We were able to take a tour of the auditorium, sign the last bit of paper work, and go to the neighborhoods near the mall hanging up and passing out posters. We split into three groups and headed out to three different Universities within the vicinity of the mall. Adam, Sacia, Becky, and Tyler's group got enter a University and hang up posters on every level, on walls, bathrooms, and display cases. Tom & Susie's groups were able to unload most of their posters on the streets to groups of students. Tim & Sharon left us from the mall and went to take care of business for Shofar. All walking in different directions, with an afternoon of putting some miles on our sandals in the city. The ride home was full of laughing and singing and Tim swerving making us laugh even more. We finished the day at Shofar early with garlic rice and roast pork. It was a very good day to say the least. Miss you all, thank you for all your prayers...
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Hello from the mountain top!
After two days of Bible study, games, and delicious Filipino food, Shofar Youth Discipleship Camp is almost over already! Youth from different churches around the area gathered at Shofar on Thursday. It was awesome to hang out and get to know them before our sessions began, and to see the differences/similarities in American and Filipino culture. We split up into small groups and went through two sessions of curriculum called SOUL, based on the book of Mark. On our first night we covered how Jesus is the main point of Christianity and what His identity is. We also go to play some trivia before bed with everyone, and found out that Filipinos may know more about the US than some of us Wisconsnites do (do you know off the top of your head which four presidents are on the face of Mount Rushmore?).
Today we woke up early, read devotions with our teams, ate some breakfast, and started our day with a session on Jesus' mission. We also covered four other sessions on the meaning of the cross, why it is important that Jesus rose from the dead, what purity is, and one session on God's grace. For lunch we got to eat lumpia (think Filipino spring rolls), and during dinner we roasted hot dogs over a bonfire! It was really awesome to swap different aspects of our cultures with one another. During the middle of the day, we took a break from our sessions and did team olympics involving a rubber-band shooting range, photo contest, riddles, a giant spider's web and more. Overall, it as been a huge blessing to laugh together, learn various Cebuano words, and talk about Jesus.
Tomorrow we will hang out in the morning, go through our last session, and then say goodbye to each other (sadly!). Please continue to pray that the messages of the sessions will change us and the youth, and that God will use us here! We miss you and are praying for you as well.
Until next time!
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Friday, May 09, 2014
We made it back to Sikeston safe and sound. We were all very sad to leave all our new friends in Cary, but now that we are on our way back, we're looking forward to seeing all of you back home. On the way, we ate some catfish, hush puppies, and po boys. Good stuff! We also finally found a coffeehouse which we are convinced is the only one in Mississippi. Aight then...can't wait to see y'all!
Today we finished a couple projects, cleaned our CCC dorms, and are heading back toward Sikeston.
We have been so extremely blessed to have been part of Cary Christian center...and we can't wait to share our stories with everybody back home. Thanks so much for your prayers. God has been very faithful and merciful to our Team.
We will post some more pictures tonight. See you Sunday!
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Well...all good things must come to an end and two of the projects have come to an end. We just have a few things to do at one more house and around the center. That's just the work, or vehicle, that God used to touch lives. We have made short and long term bonds with so many people that there is not enough space to tell of his good God is! Please continue to pray for us that we finish well.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Today we started the day doing devos lead by Ryan where we talked about being lead by the Holy Spirit as we go about our day. For work we split in three groups some doing laminated flooring, some were getting ready to lay tile in the thrift store and the rest were finishing up a bathroom, Thanks for all your prayers as we continue to minister to the people around here especially the kids that are here every night playing basketball and softball!
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Today we continued our work in each of the houses. One team worked on laying ceramic tile, and the other finished painting and will start laying floor tomorrow.
We've been getting lots of opportunities to hang out with kids in the community. Today a little boy walked over and ended up helping us paint. Then a bit later he brought his cousin over and we were able to hang out with her too. And turns out they are both related to the lady whose house we are working on. We are hoping to be able to build relationships with these people, share the gospel and leave a lasting impression of Jesus' s love.
We are enjoying out time here, but really feel like time is flying. Please continue to pray for us!
This morning we did group devos with the Cary staff we went through John 12 & 13. We talked about how there is nothing more important then serving Jesus and everything we will leave behind. The group split up in many different directions. Today four ladies went on home visits, someone went to the thrift store, and we continued to work on two houses.
Everyone down here is amazing and it has be a bless to even be apart it!! We miss you guys!
Monday, May 05, 2014
We began today doing devotions with the workers at the Cary Christian Center. It was neat to see that they sing some of the same songs we do for worship.
Then we the team split up into groups to work on different things. Some of the group went to a home to paint. Others went to work on installing flooring, a bathtub, and toilet. Also, we were able to do vehicle work.
It has been a fun day meeting new people, and of course enjoying the 85 degree sunny day.
Thanks for all of your prayers. Please continue to pray for us to build relationships with the people here.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Thanks for your continued prayer and support of our team and our mission here in Mississippi. We are fresh off our orientation tour of the Missions Center, and we are fired up to see what God has for us. It is very clear to us that the vision of their Ministry and our Ministry mesh well. The model phrase around here is, "breaking cycles of poverty through relationships, one person at a time." We saw the facilities (dental, class rooms, engineering rooms, thrift store warehouse) and will see the purposes of them in action in the coming days. These people truly have a hand in everything in the community and truly reflect what the Bible says about fruit that lasts. In fact, a number of the staff first came to Cary Christian Center to receive care and in turn, some, many years later, grew up and now work there. Please continue to pray for us as we dive into the work tomorrow and that this trip would have a lasting affect on the lives we encounter and also our lives. I truly believe everyone on the team here is looking to go to the next level God has for them and that he wants us to see that if we are willing he is ready to do radical things with us personally and as a group.
We arrived while Rev. Wille's son was finishing the adult bible class. The service started at about 11:30. We particpated the the swaying worship sang throughout the entire service. The msg was from 1 Peter 5 and hit me where my devos did today, humility. We particpated in the communion and recieved much love.
We have orientation tonight and start work tomorrow. Today we are focused on the Cary community fellowship.
Thanks for your prayers! We love you so much!
Saturday, May 03, 2014
We are heading down to Cary today...after a pleasant drive to Sikeston MO
Thanks for praying for us....we are all very excited to get to Cary
Christian Center today and meet all the people there!
God has blessed us so much so far! I'm sure this will be amazing. Love
y'all... see you soon.