June 19, 2008

We have one Mission Trip completed (Impact) one in progress (Mexico) and one coming in July (Fortress).  Also we have students in almost all of the Into All The World campaigns.  We are serving all around the world with mission efforts that are helping children, churches, homeless, and brothers and sisters.  It is a complete joy to see all that God is doing!

I went with our middle school boys to Impact in Houston this past week and the trip was amazing.  We had one student who when asked about his trip and how it was couldn’t stop describing how they prayed over people in the park that was full of homeless men and women.  That’s amazing since for one of our fun adventures we went to Schlitterbaun.  I was in class on Sunday morning and as the teacher taught the adult class a lady that is bound to a wheelchair due to muscular and development difficulties said in slurred speech, “It’s all going to be alright!”.  One of our students handed a homeless man and took his hat off and immediately asked if he could pray over the man.  I couldn’t imagine such courage and spiritual maturity when I was in seventh grade.  And then there was Louis, who we met across the street from the church.  A Vietnam Veteran who has been homeless his entire life.  His message to our boys was to finish school, because he didn’t.  After visiting with him sharing some cookies and giving some food and water one of our ninth grade boys prayed over him with everyone else laying on hands.

The trip was remarkable and these are a few highlights.  Catch one of our seventh through ninth grade boys and ask about their journey for even more stories.

I can’t wait to hear from our Mexico Missionaries!


Summer Is Here

June 9, 2008

Summer has already officially begun!  No, not the summer solstice, but the 3D Ministry summer.  This past weekend we hosted at our own building our in-town retreat for middle school students, called Breakthrough!  It was an amazing weekend.  We talked about Philippians 3:10-14 where Paul lays out some athletic imagery.  Paul speaks about a race we run, not one of status and advancement, but one of humility and service.  He also spoke about a goal and we have our eyes on the goals that matter within the Kingdom.  Of course with any athletic imagery there is the idea of obstacles and we fought the gladiators literally and spiritually.  Lastly, Paul speaks of the prize and although our prize is in Heaven, it is much more;  It is the already, but not yet.  Our prize is being active participants of the Kingdom here on earth and the satisfaction of Heaven when we leave.

On top of the gospel message of the weekend our middle school students also welcomed a great class of sixth graders.  These guys and gals worked hard all weekend and were so great to get to know.

Coming up in our summer is the Middle School boys mission trip to Impact Church in Houston and Mexico for High School students.

We are excited that summer has begun!  We are excited that you and your children are joining us in this spiritual journey and mission!

Enjoy the summer as a family and as a faith family.  We Praise God for you and the mission He has given us!

It’s Worth It!