Summer has quickly come to an end with our summer outreach efforts all wrapped up. As you know this summer was our summer H.E.A.T initiative, and between our workshops, children’s camps, and youth employment program we were able to reach a total of 167 people. It was a full summer and God really showed himself mighty.
We started the summer off with working with 9 high school aged workers (Amari, Erica, Naomi, December, Joseph, Damion, Kendrick, Deshawn, Jerrod) who helped us accomplish some much needed projects. Relationships were built and seeds, both spiritual and job related, were sown into their lives. I have since stayed in touch with Erica and Naomi and hope to continue to be a representation of Christ to them.
Throughout our 5-Day clubs we served 86 kids. It was a full week but each child was able to hear the gospel, and learn about world missions. At our second club we had a daycare bring all their kids, which was overwhelming, but exciting to know they heard the gospel. I ended up taking about half of the high school workers with me to serve during the 5-day clubs, they got right in and partook in the singing and games. The cool thing was, even though they were working they were able to hear the gospel themselves and opened the door to spiritual conversations with some of them.
A quick week later we were preparing for our back to school bash, “Diving Deep”. This was the highlight of my summer and honestly the highlight of my whole time as outreach coordinator. Each day the attendance grew, and by the last day we had 32 kids. We were able to give out 42 backpacks with school supplies for the new school year on the last day.
For the past 3 years we have done a back to school bash, and each year the Malone family comes. Looking back, the first year I didn’t really remember them, the second year I remembered them, this year a real relationship was built with them. Each year we get a little deeper and have a little more impact in their lives. Additionally to the Malone family, two girls, Paris and Lundon, who were at the 5-day club came each day of the bash, as well as 2 families we have regularly serve in our Freedom Center- clothing/food pantry. This outreach was so impactful to me due to the continual seeds we have been able to plant in people’s lives and seeing relationships really form and grow. This really captures our heart of going deeper and reaching higher. We are now trusting God to bring the harvest.
I invite you to continue to be praying for these young people and families. We have already seen the schemes of Satan be at work in some of their lives, which is sad and frustrating, but would you please rally around them with me in prayer.
To pray for by name:
- Johnson family
- Ruby family
- Malone family
- Jesus Sifunets
- Calderon/Lopez family
- Diaz family
- Chenille Cole
- 9 youth workers (Amari, Erica, Naomi, December, Joseph, Damion, Kendrick, Deshawn, Jerrod)
- Roman/Lacy family
- Bowers family
- Feest family