The heart of this team has shown from the minute they stepped off the bus. After engaging in the orientation and driving tour, they were ready to go for an evening prayer walk. The team split up and enjoyed walking around meeting people and seeing our different places of ministry. Another group of them went to our Wednesday night Bible Study to learn music for church on Sunday. Landon led debrief that evening where everyone talked about what they did that day and what exactly God showed them.
The next morning started with more prayer walking and preparing for the Hindu Temple tour. They went in with prayerful hearts ready for the service. It broke their hearts to see all of these people worshiping false gods but the team was able to prayer that the one true God would reach their hearts and make Himself known to the Hindu people. For their service project that afternoon they helped work with the leasing office in our complex by picking up trash. After dinner a large group went to help Pastor Bill at his garden while others went to visit church members and others to play soccer. They all came back in the evening with stories to tell and testimonies of God’s love.
The next morning went very similarly with prayer, service projects, gardening and visits. Saturday was a day for Back2School school supply handouts. The team prepared the bags for the children in our church and went out to deliver them. Everyone was so grateful for his or her gifts. After lunch they went out to have a free day and some time at Stone Mountain. The next morning they came to help us set up for church and have a time of debrief before service. This team was full of love, prayer, and energy. Thanks for your service to our community and church! We can’t wait to see you again!
After a 4 ½ hour van ride, this team pulled into the community center, all smiles. This team came in ready to go and start ministry. They were all good sports participating in orientation and then we showed them around Clarkston, the beautiful place with the beautiful people that we call home. The next morning the interns taught the team about prayer walking; how we do it and why we do it. They talked about the power of God and how we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for big things because we have a big God!
After a full morning of prayer walking then lunch we went to help a man and his ministry called Family Heritage Foundation where we helped them get all their supplies organized and helped them get ready for a block party that they were going to have that weekend. We did this the next day well, trying to pour into the people of the community and helping our brothers and sisters in Christ. In the evening we went to visit different church members and community members. Some groups were able to learn recipes and songs from all the people they visited and were able to bless them with their prayer and love. We did this Monday and Tuesday. The teams all had a great time on their respective visits! Wednesday morning the team went out to TruthTab and worked with their food ministry where they give people fresh and healthy food to feed their families. They organized food and helped people with their shopping experience. They loved working with them a lot and appreciate their ministry.
Thursday morning started again with prayer walking and meeting people along the way, sharing the gospel in word and deed. That afternoon we took them to the Hindu Temple (Mandir) in Atlanta and let them observe a prayer service while all the time praying over the people and asking God that he would show himself to them as the one, true God. After that the group split to go to some of the different shops where we have been able to build relationships. The ladies went to a Pakistani boutique to buy some clothes and continue to build relationships with shop owners while the guys walked around and met other shop owners all over Clarkston. They were also able to go to the Dekalb County Farmers Market and try food from all over the world and meet people from all over as well. After shopping was dinner and more house visits. The boys all went and played soccer with some young men in the community and had a great time with them.
Friday morning, we were sad to see them leave. They got up packed and had a time of debrief. We sent them off covered in prayer and they covered us as well. This was a fantastic, hardworking team full of energy and the love of Christ! We can’t wait to work with them again!
Reach The Nations was very grateful to have a group of ladies from Ingleside Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia bless us with their presence. This group was our first Mission 24 team of the summer. To begin with, we were able to tell them a little bit about Clarkston and show them around our small town. They were very interested and were already in love with the area. That evening they went to a church members house to have dinner. This was a wonderful time of community as the ladies were able to help cook the meal and fellowship with that family.
The next morning they got up and went right to doing the Lord’s work. After breakfast, we told them about the importance of prayer walking and discussed how we believe that God works through it. During our prayer walks, the ladies were able to meet lots of different people and cover our town in prayers. Their time was well-spent meeting people on the street, in the apartment complex, and in refugee-owned shops. After that we all went on a Hindu temple tour where they were able to learn about Hinduism and the best way to pray for people of that faith. It was a great time of inner thought and prayer as we experienced the time of worship inside the temple.
The group ate lunch and then went on house visits. They prayed and visited church members and community members. They learned a lot about the people in our community and how to best be able to lift them up in prayer. Then in the evening the team led a prayer meeting for the leadership team of the Reach The Nations. The ladies prayed over all the men and women that are in roles of leadership within our church and blessed them with love. The seeds of prayer that were spread on this trip will grow and prosper into beautiful, healthy lives that are willing to go and share the gospel. Thank you, Ingleside Baptist, for pouring into the lives of the people within our community and within our church leadership. Your prayers are needed and appreciated by all.
Team #2 was one for the books! This great group came all the way down from State Road, NC to help mobilize our ministry. They came and blessed us with their presence and we couldn’t be more grateful. Day one started with the orientation and exploration of the area and a good night’s sleep for the day ahead.
Day two started with the most important of all, prayer. The team split up and walked all over Clarkston praying for the town and it’s people. After lunch the groups split again to go and do different service projects. Some helped Pastor Bill with farm work and B&C Farms while others stayed and worked on our condo and others went and helped with a food pantry in the community. Some of the students were also able to go on house visits during that time.
Some members of the team were able to go volunteer at a local food pantry that feeds families in need.
Each thing that this team did was able to help grow our ministry. The farm and condo work will help us be able to reach more people in the community and become known by spreading the name of Jesus Christ and mobilizing our church to meet more needs in the area. Also the team was able to work together some with the youth of our church to help train and disciple them as well. They all came together that afternoon to prepare for the Vacation Bible School that they had planned. The kids started arriving at 6:00pm for a time of Bible lessons, crafts, recreations, snack time.
The rest of the week went along mostly the same with lots of prayer, hard work, and VBS, with a tour of Masjid Al-Farooq in Atlanta on Thursday. The students seemed to enjoy getting to hear about their religion and belief systems as to better understand how to witness to those of the Muslim faith. At the VBS we started with about 20 kids there and by the last night we had over 50 children coming to learn. God really worked in our church and in the community through this VBS.
Each youth on the team was able to see what God was doing in different ways whether that was prayer, service projects, or Vacation Bible School. After church on Sunday, we had to say goodbye to this amazing group of students but we continue to pray for them and their church. We also pray that we will be able to reap the harvest from the Gospel seeds that this group planted and watered.
Our first team of the summer came and left with a BANG! We were so blessed to have the youth from Birmingham Chinese Christian Church come and spend a few days with us reaching out to the community and doing the Lord’s work.