Greetings from Columbus, OH from some of your favorite Kentuckians:) We are staying in a city called Genoa which is actually about twenty minutes outside of Columbus. When we came here we had a bare bone schedule and were absolutely clueless as to what we would be doing over the course of our 10 days here. As we began our trip it was evident that God wanted us to lose our desires and wants and find our hope in him.
As we began our journey to Ohio on Sunday morning it was apparent that we had TOO many belongings and therefore, our van could not hold all our our luggage. With many smiles our students soldiered up and said it was fine as they sat smushed between pillows, air mattresses, and duffel bags. A few unexpected delays allowed us to come back to the BCM building where we respectively as a team decided we should downsize for the sake of our sanity. God as always proved to be faithful to help us see that as the old hymn says "all the fitness He requires is to fill our need for Him." In short, students left at home things they wanted to take and in turn took things they needed and through this material goods cleansing of sorts we were able to see that Christ is enough for us and not our belongings that make us feel comfortable.
Our students are quite commendable because they bravely ventured into the world of Ohio with a bare bones schedule aware of absolutely nothing that God would have them do over the next ten days. But later on Sunday night the leaders were given a schedule that revealed our assignments.
We will be working with Veritas Community Church East which lies in an inner ring lower income suburban area of Columbus. Our students will be doing Neighborhood Kid's Clubs throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the church. Prayer for the following things as our students would be wonderful:
- Pray that God would reveal His love and grace to children during the Neighborhood Kid's Clubs and that they would find a forever Father in our Lord.
- Pray that our students would get enough rest so that they are ready to serve every day.
- Pray that God would allow us to serve the local church here well and leave with more of a desire to serve the local church.
- Pray that God would allow us to see that we do not bring the harvest, we are simply the laborers of the harvest that God provides.
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