2016-09-14 OneEightyOne Update

 
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I so enjoy the love and energy that our students have for Jesus and for each other. It’s apparent each time we’re together. Let me encourage you to challenge your students to be inviting their friends to our programs and activities. This loving group is a great place for their friends to connect and learn about the love of Christ.
 
As many of you know we’re working to bring greater clarity and emphasis to our two programs, making both our Jr. High and Sr. High ministries more effective. This will be most evident on Wednesday evenings. In order to make this happen, we’re working to build a second Youth Worship Band. If your student is interested in participating, please have them complete an application and schedule an audition.
 
 

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2016-09-07 OneEightyOne Update

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Well, a new school year is underway, and I’m more excited than a pack of puppies! I’m trusting God that this is going to be an amazing year of growth for our group and each of our students.
 
I want to welcome those of you who have recently subscribed to this blog or are checking us out for the first time at the beginning of the school year. This is where you will find weekly updates in several categories:
  • What we’ve been studying in the Bible and how you can follow up with your student
  • Upcoming events and details
  • Notes and thoughts from me, Dan Adams, the Pastor of Student Ministries


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2016-07-30 Mission Indy Day 7

Home… safe and sound.  ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………….
 
 


2016-07-29 Mission Indy Day 6

Today was another productive and amazing day. Our ministry ran later into the night, so this will be brief.
 
We were able to complete all of our ministry projects, and several that we didn’t think we’d be able to get to. One special treat – we built a carpetball table from scratch for their teen game room. It’s amazing, and was used tonight.
 
We had our final night of Elementary Club, with about 60 kids again. 8 kids made a significant spiritual decision today.
 
We finished our evening with their weekly Teen Club. Student enjoyed food, music, dancing, games, and a gospel presentation. Our group did a great job connecting with the teens.
 
In the morning we’ll pack up and clean. We’re stopping at a park for lunch, then spending several hours relaxing and exploring at Ohio Caverns.
 
For those of you picking up students, we plan to be back at our scheduled time. Pickup at the church is still 10:30 pm. Everyone on the team is expected to help unpack and cleanup. If we’re running more than 15 minutes early/late, we’ll do our best to contact you in advance.
 
 


2016-07-28 Mission Indy Day 5

Today was a great reminder that we serve in His strength and not our own, as many of our team are starting to get tired. Dependent on Christ is always a great way to serve. 
 
Today we move forward or complete each of the facility projects we we’ve working on. We’re just about done with sorting the clothing pantry. We have just a little bit of touch up painting to do on the shed and the women’s bathroom. We finished painting the main entrance, and we finished painting the parking bumpers and parking space lines. We’ve made significant progress on the carpetball table that we’re building for Kids Inc. We also cleaned numerous ministry rooms in this 48,000 square foot building.
 
Today at Elementary Club we had over 60 kids. God is so faithful. Another 3 kids made the decision to trust Christ for salvation! God is so faithful.
 
To thank the team for their amazing work, we went out to dinner at a local restaurant. Finding a place that can adequately handle 40+ people is challenging, but they did a great job. After dinner we gathered for a time of prayer and worship, which our team really embraces and looks forward to.
 
Finally, we expended the rest of our energy playing several huge games of sardines.  It’s been a very full, fun, and rewarding day.
 


2016-07-27 Mission Indy Day 4

It’s a good kind of tired. The tired that reminds you that you invested every hour and every calorie serving Jesus. I’m so proud of our team – they’re doing an amazing job! I wish you could see them in action.
 
This morning we continued our work projects here on the Kids Inc. campus:
  • repairing weather damaged wood and painting the maintenance shed
  • painting the main entrance to the facility
  • sorting clothing for the clothing ministry
  • more shopping for food – this team can sure eat
  • more trimming, weeding, and cutting all around the property
  • one team went to the another home to do work around a lady’s property
  • painting outside on various places including parking posts and bumpers
After lunch our team enjoyed about an hour of rest and free time – they’ve worked hard and earned it! After lunch we prepped for Elementary Club. Our group of kids keeps growing: Monday = 30, Tuesday = 45, Wednesday = 60. Each day is an opportunity for us to show Christ’s genuine compassion and love. The kids are enjoying music, dancing, games, snacks, crafts, and the gospel. Today 9 kids indicated that they made a significant spiritual decision, some of them for salvation! Praise God!
 
This evening our team had a very different experience. We went downtown to pray for and with total strangers. We set up a prayer table with a “How can we pray for you?” banner. Our 8 teams were on rotation, with about 1/4 of our group at the table throughout the evening. As we encountered people walking by we asked if we could pray for them. Many people were eager to engage in conversation and have us pray for them. While this was happening the rest of our teams were walking throughout downtown, walking up to people, and asking how we could pray for them. The opportunities were amazing, and the stories of our encounters are super cool. You’ll have to ask our students all about it when they return.
 
Going into our trip this prayer opportunity was one of the more challenging parts for our teens – many of the students were quite a bit nervous. It pushed them out of their comfort zones. Some of our most shy students were the most bold at engaging strangers. As we reflected on the night many of them were asking if we could either do this again tomorrow night or back in Cleveland when we get home. I’m so encouraged by how the Lord is working in and through them. I’m so proud of how they’re stepping out in faith.
 
Thanks for your continued prayer support!