China – The Adventure Begins

20170407_041023Hi family and friends!

I’m not sure how long ago it was that we left Austin, Texas, but it feels like it took us 89 hours to get here to Beijing!  All of our luggage arrived with us … YAY!  Our duffle bag suffered a little travel stress but doesn’t look like we lost anything out of it.

Our hotel is a 4 star hotel. It is very nice. My room (Mrs G) has a small meeting/business type room attached to it so it is the student’s hang out room.

Dinner was at a local restaurant – dumplings, bamboo, mushrooms, cucumbers & peanut salad.  DELISH!  I am not going to name names, but Coach Hughes and myself had a little difficulty mastering the chop sticks.  It was funny watching the people, watch Hughes as he walked through the door.

Off to the local super market to stock up on drinking water and snacks… and now a little chill time.

Tomorrow we will all go to the International Church and then to the Forbidden City, lunch and shopping at an outside market.

Our JE guide Rachel is great. Our on the ground Chinese guide is great.  This is going to be a wonderful trip!

Mrs. G

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Wednesday – A Long, Full, Amazing Day!

What a full and amazing day!

After spending time listening to a Holocaust survivor and then walking through 4 floors of proof (documents, pictures, videos, artifacts) of the atrocities committed during WWII you can find your heart wondering, “Did anyone try to help?”  “Did everyone turn a blind eye?”   It is so wonderful to find pictures and brief stories of the men and women who became rescuers of Jewish men, women and children.

The experience was deeply moving. That doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s a sobering thing I think everyone should go see.

After lunch we headed to Embassy Row and prayer walked.  Prayer walking is just that; praying while you are walking. We prayed: For God’s name to be made famous,  for Him to be glorified in the nations, for the Christ followers to have courage to share their faith (even to the point of laying down their own life) we prayed for the representatives here and their coworkers to become believers. We prayed for the things God would put on our heart once we started praying.  When we came upon the embassy of Indonesia, a group of young people were standing at the front gate.  We ended up taking a team picture with them. What a fun time!  INTERESTING NOTE: Philippe just moved from there (Indonesia) to here.  The group we met was from the same area… Jakarta! So crazy fun! God is just so cool like that isn’t He?

These students took to prayer walking. Most of them had never done it before. I love that they pushed back their fears and realized it is something that we can easily do.  I pray your student will continue to grow their prayer life!  Prayer is a tool we can use to change not only our lives but the lives of others. I pray that they continue doing it, to where it becomes just a part of their every day life.

After prayer walking we headed to the Jefferson Memorial, dinner at Cheesecake Factory and then on the way back to the hotel, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial! (by the way, that thing is HUGE)

Tomorrow we head to a morning Capitol tour, back to the hotel for our luggage and go to the airport.

As soon as we land, I’ll have your student text or call you.  About 30 minutes out from the Summit campus, I will have your student call or text you.  Please be waiting on us!

See you tomorrow

Be Blessed

Mrs g

 

 

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From George Washington’s Mount Vernon to Lincoln’s Memorial

Tuesday – It Was A Long but Amazing Day!

The Blue Line is being worked in in D.C. therefore the wait for the metro to show up is longer, taking longer to get to places than normal. It can really mess with your schedule. We are persevering and the kids are troopers.

Today was Mount Vernon and the Monuments Day. This also means we ride the river cruise boat on the Potomac to Mount Vernon, enjoying the beautiful views and historical sights you can see along the way.  Touring Mount Vernon is amazing and the video “We Fight To Be Free” really portrays the leadership and courage of George Washington.  But there is another part of Mount Vernon that I can’t stand and that’s the issue of the slaves and their story that is a part of George and Martha Washington’s story. Here was this brilliant statesman that was fighting for the freedom of the colonist and wanting their ‘freedom’ YET, he had no problem with slavery … owning many people himself.  It reminds me of the scripture in Romans.  George loved people … but he was also hypocritical … he didn’t want to be enslaved … yet … he enslaved.  Fought for justice … yet … gave none to those he ‘owned’.  My mind and heart just felt so frustrated by that today.

Romans 12:9-12  Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.

Just months before his death, he wrote in his will that upon his and Martha’s deaths, his slaves would be granted their freedom.

This evening we visited the monuments: WWII, Vietnam Nurses, Vietnam Wall, Soldiers overlooking the Vietnam Wall, Korean and the Lincoln Memorial. What a beautiful and emotion filled evening.   I asked Miss Smith if she would share her thoughts on the evening.

Thoughts From Miss Smith ~

Wow, what a powerful day! There is something about the atmosphere in DC that captivates my thoughts and heart. Everything we see has a deeper meaning. There is symbolism, beauty, and timelessness all around us. I can feel our founding fathers’ sense of patriotism exuding from the places we visit. It is refreshing to be reminded of how much our nation was founded on God!

The experience of walking through several monuments along Washington Mall this evening will stay with me for a long time. Our students delivered their well done research on each of the memorials, and I was reminded of how much has been sacrificed for our country and freedom. The effort that has been put forth to honor those who have laid their lives down, as well as those who were incredible Godly leaders of our country, is evident in every detail of these monuments. 

I can feel the Holy Sprit working in my heart and I see His work in the faces of our students as well. Hearing them share their insights and thoughts on this trip has been a wonderful blessing. Each of their unique perspectives, ideas, and insights has brought me joy and made me proud of how they are taking advantage of the Spiritual growth this trip is offering them. It is amazing to see how much they are learning and being molded into Godly young adults! 

Mrs. G and Mr. Smith are incredible leaders. They have a vast amount of wisdom to share and always seem to know exactly the right things to say and do. Teaching our students how to better their prayer life, connect with God, and make a difference in the world are just a few of their wonderful leadership skills that are constantly present. Their ability to impact our students every year on this trip (as well as others) is truly a blessing. I now see exactly why our program is called Impact Education. 

Each night I go to bed praising God for this wonderful opportunity and praying for our hearts and minds to be open in order to soak up every drop of what tomorrow has to offer. What a blessing this trip has been!

Shaylah Smith
We will debrief today after breakfast in the morning and then we will head to the Holocaust Museum to hear a ‘First Person’ presentation (a holocaust survivor) and then we will spend a few hours taking our time going through the museum.

After that we will go and pray on Embassy Row.

Prayers for tomorrow

  1. We all wake up refreshed ready for another amazing day
  2. The special speaker will touch the hearts of all who are listening. We will leave committing to be a voice – to not be silent – when grave injustices are going on around us
  3. The things that will be seen and experienced in the Holocaust Museum will be like character building block added to the things God has already done in and through our student’s lives.
  4. The weather will cooperate for our Embassy Row prayer walking time tomorrow – or we will come up with a fantastic Plan B (we’re ready)

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Have a blessed day

Mrs. G

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Patriotism – Love – Greater Love – Freedom isn’t Free

After breakfast we had our debrief of the day before. Then I shared about the change in the description of the word patriot from Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language 1828 – to the Merriam – Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition  2004.

Noah’s description of patriotism(1828) means an action – born out of love for one’s country one is compelled to serve, protect and maintain.

Merriam-Webster’s( 2004) … Patriotism means love or devotion to one’s country, just an emotional feeling.  No action needed.

As a Christ follower, our hearts loyal first to the Lord our God, we can be a patriot that loves the country God has placed him/her in – compelled to serve others – care to protect the rights of all mankind and desire to maintain the statues and commandments the Lord has given us.

I do believe John 15:13 says  “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  A love so profound that one is compelled to action – to serve, to protect, to maintain civility to lay it all down – even to death.  In that regard, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a beautiful picture of a patriot.

At noon today, we had the honor of laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  If you missed it, and have access to Facebook, go on Summit’s Facebook page and you can see the video we posted.

Our students represented well.  First of all, everyone one of our young men all looked so handsome and our young lady … well … she ALWAYS looks beautiful.  We ask our students to dress up, to show honor to those that sacrificed it all.  Our students never disappoint.

The four students that had the highest honor of laying the wreath were: Abigail Schnücker, Connor Sherrill, Sam Waters and J.T. Hale. Sam and J.T. went forward to place the wreath.  Their thoughts –  “I was surprised at how serious the soldiers took their job and how high a level of honor they portrayed.”  “It was an amazing experience”  “I was honored to be able to represent our class and school”  “I was also surprised at how nervous I got. It was an amazing opportunity”  “When they played taps, I got the chills, that was amazing!”

We got 3 great videos, we’ll try to get them uploaded somewhere so you can enjoy!

After lunch at Pentagon City we changed into more comfortable clothes and headed out to the Red line to Wheaton station. The world’s longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere … fun!  Outside of the station is a statue of the commuter… rushing to the metro.  We staged a few freeze frame pictures surrounding him.  As we headed back to Union Station for dinner I gave the team a challenge. We divided into 3 team.  Each team had to sit on a different car. Look around at the people and whoever you feel impressed to pray for, silently begin to pray and allow the Holy Spirit to lead your prayers.

We stopped off at Union Station and it was exciting to see the repairs inside the main building were finished.  Since the earthquake  about 6 years ago, the ceiling was completely covered and the statues were removed.  It is so beautiful now!  A little shopping (special hats) lol and then we headed back to the hotel for the evening debrief.

Everyone shared about the day.  This is such a special time because you get to hear how each student and leader was impacted by the day. The prayers they prayed for the people on the metro were wonderful. It’s a great exercise to do when you are trying to build your prayer life and go outside of yourself and care about others you do not know.

When everyone shares during debrief, I believe a really special thing happens.  When a student shares about each experience and how it affected them personally, and they speak it out loud, it seems to push that seed of the experience deeper into their hearts.  Please join me in prayer, asking God to grow that seed so that fruit for the kingdom of God will come from the experience.  I pray that our young men and young lady will be people of integrity that will Love the Lord their God with all their soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30-31) they will trust the Lord with their whole heart and will not lean on their own understanding of things… life.. people… but in ALL aspects of their lives they will acknowledge God as the one true God, seek after him and let him direct their paths…   (Prov 3:5-6)

Tomorrow morning starts early.  We head to the waterfront and board the Patriot Cruise and head up the Potomac to Mount Vernon.  Touring first President’s home and watching the short movie “We Fight To Be Free”  really brings home the reality ‘Freedom isn’t Free’!

Tomorrow evening – at this point we believe we will be walking the monuments ending up at the Lincoln Memorial at dark…  it is another day of reflection and learning – of being challenged and changed!

Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for rest at night, energy during the day, hearts open and tuned in!

Mrs. G

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Seeking God for This City – This Nation – Our World

20170319_150252Seeking God For This City– This Nation – Our World

Picture the Rock thrown in the pond …. The ripple … it continues until it reaches the outer most points.  That is what I believe prayer for this place, Washington, D.C. does. It goes on to impact our nation … then it goes on to impact our world.

I always pray that our students get a sense of how important their purpose is and how crucial their voice can be as they walk out that purpose … IF … they have their heart turned toward God … full on! Prayer is a crucial tool for them to understand and to use.

After we all arrived and had lunch and put our luggage in the hotel. Next we headed to the National Mall to go to the Washington Monument. This is where we always start each trip. You get the magnificent view as you walk all the way around the monument: the WWII Memorial, the Reflecting Pond, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian buildings, The Capitol.

NEW DISCOVERY:   We talk about the history of the monument. ?There are many interesting facts.  When the cap was being designed and made for the top of the obelisk, these words were written on the top; Laus Deo!  meaning “Praise be to God”  at the highest point in D.C.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Articles:    On the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument in Washington, DC are two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument have no idea they are even there and…for that matter…probably couldn’t care less!

Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words … out of sight and, one might think, out of mind … but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the world. And what might those two words … composed of just four syllables and only seven letters … mean? Very simply … “Praise be to God!”

This year, as we were rechecking facts and looking for new information we discovered something that we had not learned had happened within the NPS. (National Park Service)

APEX OF THE MONUMENT

Reproduction

The builders searched for an appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time, aluminum. The casting was inscribed with the phrase, Laus Deo, (Praise be to God).

The NPS censored the last sentence from the latest plaque, which now reads:

CAP OF THE MONUMENT

Reproduction

The builders searched for appropriate metal for the cap that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time — aluminum.

In addition, the replica of the cap which is in the monument has been positioned so close to the wall that the wording “Laus Deo” cannot be read. Prior to the censorship by the NPS, the replica wording could be read.

Really? They want to take REAL HISTORICAL FACTS about a national monument and act like it never happened. The news of that really got us.  It happened in 2000 I believe but think of how many years no one was ashamed and it was in descriptions…  heartbreaking.

Bear with me.  This  is important.  In a place that needs the presence and direction of our God Almighty, many people would like for him to be, as Steve Hawthorne says in his Seek God for the city book … anonymous …  they want him to be an anonymous God, not famous, unknown, not spoken of.  But D. C. has God’s heart print all over it!  We are here to agree with the heart of God for our nation and our leaders. We are asking him to be glorified and to draw men and women to him.  We are praying for the leaders of our nation to seek Godly council… whether they want to or not.

1 Timothy 2:1-2   I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

So from this discussion … our group spends time in prayer near the foot of the monument. Everyone prayed.  Man, I love it when young people pray, especially when it is prayers like they prayed today.  It is going to be a Great week!  (Have I said that already?  I mean it)

Pslam 72:17     May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun.  Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.  Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.   Amen and Amen

After prayer we headed over and got a closer look at the White House. Last  minute we grabbed the last 45 minutes that the American History Smithsonian was open.

We will debrief  what we experienced today in the morning after breakfast and then head to Arlington National Cemetery.  Tomorrow is when we lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 12:15. I am going to try to live feed it on Summit’s Facebook page.  Not sure I can but I’m going to give it a try.

After lunch we will choose our afternoon – evening options. Depending on how the weather is cooperating here is our list to work from: Monuments, Prayer Walking Embassy Row, Smithsonian Museums.

Everyone was tired after dinner so we called it an early evening (pretty sure some guys are watching basketball for a while)

Your kids are fantastic. Mr. Smith (former SCA Parent) is a blessing and Miss Smith (homeroom teacher) is a blessing as well. It’s going to be a GREAT few days.

Be blessed … and be a blessing!

Mrs. G

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Leavin’ on a Jet Plane – soon

We made it to Dallas in great time!

Does anyone know when they will EVER finish I 35?  I think they have been working on it for 200 years.  : )

Dinner at Chili’s.

Everyone is in their rooms..   Wake up call at 4:45 …

Mr. Smith is already in D.C.   He said they predicted snow overnight.  Should be melted by the time we get there…

Talk to you tomorrow night!

mrs. g

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A Great Day

1 New Orleans Levi 9th 2017It was a full day today!

We got to sleep in and then feasted on breakfast tacos! Yum!  The kids really enjoyed them.  I have to brag on their servants hearts.  Everyone always wanted to help in the kitchen, cleanup, etc.  Love that.

For devotions we talked about being friends or frenemies!  Are we decent to your face and then brutal behind your back?  Or we just tolerant of each other or can we be willing to push past a comfort zone and learn more about each other. By doing this we can enrich our lives and grow stronger as a class. Each student drew another student’s name out of a bowl.  They would have the day to think about the great attributes of that classmate.  Before dinner they would write what they saw in them and then give them a scripture. .. to bless them.

After morning devotions we headed to our painting project and really got a lot done!  The YWAM team leader Nick kept bragging on our kids and how meticulous they were, how careful they were with the paint and how respectful they are.  He told us that many times he just has the team stop and tells them, “I have another team coming tomorrow to finish so we need to leave something for them.” In reality, the team is him and another YWAM team leader. He said teams show up not really wanting to serve. That makes trying to lead them very difficult.

You can be proud of your students.  They were amazing.  We still have the 9th Ward and Garden District tour I wanted to do with them.  If you remember the devastation from hurricane Katrina, the 9th ward is where the large levy broke and almost completely wiped out a neighborhood.

There is a memorial with pictures so they could see the before and after the levy broke. There are still some houses with the large X’s on them that were put there by the disaster relief teams checking for people, pets, turning off electricity, gas, etc.  Then in drastic contrast we went to the garden district down St Charles Street.  The large mansions are so beautiful and speak of great wealth.

We had our final dinner with Steve and Bronwen Niles and then returned to the base house and spoke our blessings over each other.  The students shared about how the week had been a great week.  They could tell they had worked as a team. They noticed that they could work together and work hard and not complain no matter what they were asked to do.

It has been a wonderful time here in New Orleans.  Thank you for letting your student come and serve the people of New Orleans.

Everyone is in their bunk rooms.

We plan to leave about 6:45 – 7:00 in the morning.  Because of traffic, bathroom stops, etc it is hard to give an exact arrival time.  At this point we are saying anywhere between 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

We will stay in touch to let you know.  When we are 30 minutes out we will have your students call you.  Please be at the school waiting on us.  I know this can be frustrating but your drivers cannot leave until all the students are picked up. It will have been a long day of driving for them and I hope to get them home as soon as we can after the students leave the campus.

See you tomorrow

In Him

Mrs. G

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Made to Glorify Him!

We started the day with practice for the afternoon Kid’s Club ministry and filling the sacks for the kids to take with them as the afternoon ended.

Our first stop of the day:   YWAM Pregnancy Care Center – This ministry that YWAM has had going for many years has saved many babies and in reality, moms and dads.  Last year the 9th grade celebrated as the abortion clinic that was next door was completely shut down because they lost their license never to be able to open again. Our team was able to step foot on the property and worship and praise God for what He had done. This year, we were able to continue that, and pray about the future of the building. Our students laid their hands on the building asking God to give a new name to the address and that the business that would continue there would be one that honored and glorified God.  YWAM has heard that a Catholic church wants to buy it and have a Pro Life museum.  We don’t know God’s plans but we trust what He has in store.

Our second stop of the day:  The Gazebo Café and the French Market Shopping. We had first time cat fish, gator and shrimp eaters.  The food was GREAT (a little price hike from last year) but we were also entertained by a jazz band. They were amazing!  We got compliments from the waiters on how polite our students were. They were a joy to serve.  Don’t get that very often. Shopping in the French Market was a lot of fun. We had on our team shirts and all of us got stopped by many people giving us the opportunity to tell why we were here.  It was a blessing to us and to many vendors thanking us for coming and blessing their city.

Our third stop of the day: Fisher House Projects.  Our kids did great. We spent an hour playing with the children then did our program.  To be loving to the children, we aren’t supposed to take more than one team picture – us with the children. We forgot, we were so caught up in prayer time at the end.  I could take pictures of our kids, and got a few, but got so caught up in watching our students act out the skit and forgot to take a picture.  Trust me… they were amazing!  And funny!  The children were laughing and cheering and booing!  They really enjoyed it. Even though I didn’t get many pictures to share and to help document the moment,  I know the moments will be burned into the hearts of these students.  The singing and skits were awesome!   Dylan and Justin did a FANTASTIC job of sharing their testimony. The kids sat quiet (miracle) as they shared.  I think the children were shock that some kids from a private Christian School could relate to any part of their story.  The boys sharing opened the doors for the children to share their own needs as we broke into small groups to be able to pray for them and their daily issues.

Our fourth stop of the day: Chick-filet. I’m just sayin!  We got complimented again, and asked for business cards, web site, would I come to their school and share and teach… ha!  It was amazing to look over in the corner and seventeen 9th graders were sitting quietly, visiting, eating and not being a disturbance. Chick-Fil-A workers complimented as well.

Our fifth stop of the day: Back at the base house and debriefing. This really is a special time to me as we go around the room and everyone shares.  To hear the funny things that happened throughout the day and we all laughed together and to hear what touched their hearts and made an impression. We ended the evening with worship.

Our sixth stop will be the bed.  We’ve got another hour before everyone retires to their bunk rooms… then we get a good night’s sleep to be ready for our last day here in New Orleans.

We have on schedule to paint again tomorrow; however, it will depend on the weather. If the house it still too damp from tonight’s rain, we might need to do Plan B or C or D or …. It doesn’t matter we are excited for what God has in store for us!

Please pray for your student and the other students that God protects what he did in each of our hearts today. Pray that tomorrow we take every moment to glorify him and to honor one another. Pray for our trip home – good weather and safe trip.

I’ll be checking in with you tomorrow!

Mrs. G

 

 

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He Provides Before We Know We Have a Need!

 

 

What a mighty God we serve!  He provides before we know we have a need.

We started our morning with a devotional on Romans 12 preparing our hearts to use our whole bodies as a living sacrifice.  EVERYTHING we do counts.  And we are each so fearfully and wonderfully made, and we were made to honor and glorify God. Pray that as we go through our days here, that each student will realize how easy it can by to offer all of who we are to God, having willing hearts to serve, encourage each other and others, give all our attention to what God is doing at the moment and to honor one another as we honor God…. Just for starters.

I shared about meeting Carole and Lou at Whataburger and the gift of money they sowed into our week.  $140.00. This morning as we were heading to our work project, I got the phone call that we were supposed to be told that we needed to have paint brushes for the project.  Well, we now needed to purchase paint brushes for 21 people to paint the outside of the house.  Checking out, the paint and supplies cost $140.08.  What was so amazing is Carole and Lou told us, “Use the money however you need to.  We don’t care if you need it for food, gas or whatever. We’re just doing what God told us to do.”

We got as much work done as we could before it started sprinkling, loaded up and headed back to our base house.  There we practiced for the Kids Club tomorrow afternoon. These kids are so fun and honestly, so talented. We had fun practicing the songs with the motions and the skit… oh my word … the skit.  We’re telling the story of Saul – becoming Paul.  A bully, a person that felt confident he was doing the right thing, then met Jesus and it changed him.

Pray for Sam –  He is our team ‘leader’ .  Introducing our team and leading the program

Dylan and Justin –  They both feel they have a story to share with the kids. So they each are giving a testimony.

In the skit – Dylan, Sam, Garret, Sean, Josh, Cade, Hailee  (they are awesome – everyone)

Leading the songs – Garrett, Sunny,  Sean, Hailee, Olivia, Isabel and Hannah

Leading the crown control – Paul, Chase, Kevin, Nick,

After dinner we met Steve and Bronwen (YWAM directors) at the ferry and rode it across and went to Jackson Square for a small history lesson.  Miss Jacobson was quite excited – it was information she had taught them and they were getting to see exactly where some things had taken place… like the actual building where the Louisiana Purchase was signed.  We ended with beignets at Café DuMonde!

We returned to our base and recapped our day.  It is so much fun hearing the thoughts of the day expressed through each student.  It was this evening when we shared about how at the last minute I had to go and purchase the paint brushes they needed.  Then I told them, I hadn’t put it in the budget and the paint brushes cost about $140 dollars.   It took them a couple of seconds and then they realized…  We had been given $140 to use however and wherever we needed it.  IT WAS AWESOME seeing their faces and realizing.  God provided before we understood we had a need.

He’s just like that. Isn’t he?

Please pray for our day tomorrow.  We are going to one of YWAM’s  crisis pregnancy centers.  We just prayer walk it and pray for their ministry.  Then we’re going to the French Market for lunch.  At about 3:30 we will be at Fisher House Project loving on some special kids and then sharing a message of answered prayers, miracles and hope!

The kids are having a blast.  As we debriefed one of the students said, “I’m really having fun getting to know the teachers in a different way.”  One of the teachers echoed back, “It’s the same for us too!”

Serving a long side one another breaks down expectations and barriers and puts us all on the same course … to serve those in need … to be the hands, feet, voice and heart of Christ.

Until tomorrow

Mrs. G

 

 

 

 

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Shack-man, Chappel Hill, Gingarator – Gwhip & D J Rockefeller

When you spend a lot of time with each other … you get nick names.  They may not look like it, but to the kids … the names are terms of endearment!

1st FUN … AMAZING … GOD MOMENT      We stopped in Brenham to have breakfast.  A group our size draws attention (they were being wonderful)  and a couple approached and asked, “Who are you and where are you going?”   After I shared, it really moved them and they felt led to give us $40 to use during our ministry time. We were so honored and all prayed together for the ministry God has for us.   About 10 minutes later, the husband came over and said, “God said that was not enough.”  He then handed me a $100 dollar bill.  We are so humbled and excited that God would show the students just 2 hours IN  on the trip … “Watch this, I am going to show you some amazing things”

The rain was crazy but our students were amazing and we took our time and arrived at the YWAM base, safe and sound.   We ordered pizza as we were arriving in town, picked it up and had a sit down meal with the wonderful sense of ‘we don’t have to get back in the vehicles’.  Can I get an AMEN?

Steve, Co-Director of YWAM NO  had not made it back into town, so our Sunday evening Jackson Square tour and Cafe DuMonde is postponed until tomorrow. We are tired so we are NOT that sad.

We all loaded up again (yes… and we all chose to) and headed to Wal-Mart to get groceries and misc.

Tomorrow we paint Calvin’s house.  We are excited. He is excited. He is a resident that lives near YWAM’s staff house.  He is so excited that someone would come and serve him like this.  We can’t wait to meet him, encourage him, pray with him and serve him.

This group of students is so much fun and I cannot wait to get to serve a long side each of them and laugh and share Jesus.

Thank you so much for partnering with Summit and we empower our young people to Impact those around them…. no matter where they are ….

Here we go!

Mrs g

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