Can’t believe we’ll be heading home tomorrow!
What a packed day we had today. The day was filled with amazing opportunities to learn, respond and bless. (not to mention have fun)
We started off going to YWAM’s crisis pregnancy center and learned about their ministr y there and the incredible testimonies of rescue that God has allowed them to be a part of! It is sitting right beside an abortion clinic. We walked the side walk silently praying asking God to remove the clinic and save the young girls and the babies and to YWAM’s efforts.
We then went back to Jackson Square and down to the French Market, enjoying lunch in the open air being serenaded by a local band… burgers…shrimp…gumbo…alligator bites… You get the picture! Watching some of the students learn to ‘bargain’ in the French Market for their treasures was a lot of fun!
After a fun ride back to the base by way of the ferry (with the vans) we headed to the projects ready to play and minister. The students did a great job playing, building relationships and then they sang songs, performed a skit about the lost toy ( Parable of the Lost Lamb) then we had the opportunity to pray with the children.
Debriefing was really great. Both ministry times really touched the hearts of everyone. I think Mr. Miller really expressed it well when he said he thought it was amazing to see our teenagers prayer walking around the clinic. There is a tall fence between the abortion clinic and YWAM’s clinic. As we made our two rounds and came back to the YWAM side each student put their hands on the board fence and began to pray. Right on the other side of the fence was a young man sitting in his car with his hoodie pulled over his head. If you were standing at the end of the fence this is what you would see. The young man trying to be invisible on the left in his car with his music blaring while whoever he was with was inside making life altering decisions. On the right of the fence you would see 19 high school students with their hands extended, praying for that young man and everyone else in the building. Then you fast forward to the end of the day. We met many children whose lives were very difficult. At risk. Yet their mothers decided to give them a chance at life. Some of their prayer requests would break your heart BUT they were given a chance… We pray God’s grace and mercy on all those kids we met today and that they would fulfill the purpose for which they were created.
Our evening time of debriefing and blessing was amazing! The kids did a great job. We were so impressed with them. Philippians 4: 8-9 is my prayer for them as they continue to grow and united as a class. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, on final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
We hope to be home around 4pm tomorrow… I’ll be checking in with the school! As soon as we are about 30 minutes out the students will be calling. Please be waiting on us! Our leaders will have been driving a long time and are anxious to be home with their own families!
I really have so much more to write, however – I need to get up in just a few hours. J (I was actually already in bed and realized it had been such a great evening… I hadn’t written the blog yet)
See you tomorrow
Be blessed and highly flavored – You are the salt of the earth ~ Mz G