Team Meeting and Cook Out

Today we had a long, fun day together in preparation for our time in KY.

Ben and Abby lead us in a time of praise and worship before we broke off into smaller groups to prepare for VBS.

 

Some of the team cuts out paper snowflakes in prep for our ‘Operation Arctic’ themed VBS.

 

And some of the team rehearsed the play that will be part of the VBS.

And of course….we ate! 🙂  We all are pretty good at that, huh?!  A shout out to our grand team leader, Alex for his fabulous job at grilling up that chicken and hamburgers!

And lastly…but definitely not leastly…our dear team member Maddie sleeps the day away while the rest of us were hard at work 🙂  Haha, kidding 😀

 

Thanks to you all for a great day together!

God Bless you for your faithful work in bringing this together!

Love in Christ,

Hannah

KY Team Meeting–Evangelism Class

Jim and Jacob give a run thru on how a witnessing encounter might go.

 

 

What a blessed time we have had together as we seek to be equipped and prepared to go out for the gospel’s sake!

Remember Paul’s words in 2 Timothy :

7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
8  Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,
9 who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
11 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.
12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. (2 Timothy 1:7-12)

And let us all remember to constantly be lifting each other up in prayer.  A reminder of what it says in James :

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

Blessings to you all!

Hannah

Introduction Post

Hi everyone!

So a little bit of backround about what this mission trip is about…CC Fredricksburg has been heading up this mission’s trip for years now, this is CC Manassas’ second time going with the CC Fred group.  The area of Kentucky we are going to is in Pike County, near Elkhorn City, a former coal-mining town.  I say former, because years ago now, the coal mine shut down, causing everyone to lose their jobs and means of income.  This town is now very poor, and there are no jobs to be had in the immediate area, you have to go to one of the surrounding cities, like Elkhorn City, or Pikeville.  Drugs are a major problem in this area, and the families we will be ministering to are often times falling apart, and their lives’ are in shambles, not just physically, but spiritually.

So what do we do when we go?  Well, for the spring trip (CC Fred also goes in Dec. for a couple days) we stay 1 week, Saturday to Saturday, this year April 8-15.  Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm we have a VBS for the local kids.  This is really a big part of what we do there, and its amazing to be with these kids, most of whom are in messed up family situations, whose parents are either absent, or involved in drugs, alcohol, etc.  So, its great to be able to pour into these sweet kids for a week, loving them, sharing the gospel with them, and just having fun with them.

Another big part of what we do is door-to-door evangelism, going up into the hollers, inviting people to come to the VBS, and sharing the gospel.  Also this year some of the team will be offering discipleship for believers, so inviting people to that as well.  The people we encounter are for the most part, very hospitable and kind, often times inviting us into the house.

Yet another ministry we do while in KY, is outreaches to different places, this year a Veterans home, Drug rehab center and a homeless shelter.  We provide lunch, do worship, and someone often shares a testimony, or a message, then we just fellowship with them, pray with them, and share the gospel.

So that’s a summary of our mission for Kentucky this April.  We hope you all enjoy seeing pictures and getting updates throughout our week there, as well as the weeks leading up to it.  For us, beforehand, aside from preparations for all the material things, VBS prep, food prep, etc., its also a time for our team to grow together in our walks, and individually in our walks…to fill up before we go and pour out.  Its amazing to see how God knits our hearts together as a team, and we all get to know each other pretty well after being together 24/7 for a whole week!

Our ‘living conditions’ for the week is a gymnasium graciously given for our use that week by a Minister there in KY, so we all sprawl our air mattresses around the floor and some of us don’t sleep while others snore away!  J  But there is a small kitchen put to good use while we’re there. (And yes, bathrooms too.) The bedding gets packed up every morning since we also hold VBS in the Freeda Harris Baptist Center, as the gymnasium is called.

Anyways, we would very much appreciate everyone’s prayers for the gospel to go forth and also for the body of believers in KY to come together with us in reaching out to their community.  God Bless!

Abigail Spear

KY Team-April 2017

Team meeting(March 4) in preparation for KY missions trip–a time to be materially and spiritually prepared to go out and make disciples of all nations as our Savior commanded us!

Drama team rehearsing play.

 

Being spiritually prepared trumps even being materially prepared–drawing closer to our Lord thru His Word and prayer and each other thru time of fellowship, is one of the best ways we can be prepared to go out.

 

 

I am looking forward to the rest of our meetings and in this opportunity we have to go out and minister together, to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Much love to you my brothers and sisters!

Hannah