Making Disciples of the Nations

(From left to right) Chinee Panlilio, Mary Palm, Jordan Smith, Andrew Clark

Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” RTN’s summer interns have arrived to follow that call. They are pictured on the right. Not long after their arrival came a college group from First Baptist Church Montgomery on May 25-27.  This group participated in many activities including a cookout on Friday evening, a prayer walk, visiting the homes of refugees, and a Backyard Bible Club on Saturday. All these things took place in Clarkston Station, one of the main apartment complexes RTN hopes to focus on this summer. Josh Kendrick said “this trip taught me to be a little more outspoken about my faith to strangers.” This was Josh’s first time to visit Clarkston, but he plans to come back to continue to assist RTN in ministering to the refugees.

The summer heat has already begun to set in, and it presented a challenge to FBC Montgomery this weekend as they attempted to lead a Backyard Bible Club. Fortunately, the Lord provided, and they came up with an excellent idea for cooling themselves off and keeping the children cool. Water games were instigated where the children attempted to balance cups of water on their heads as they raced across the parking lot. It kept the children interested in the Backyard Bible Club, and was a very enjoyable experience for those from the church. Following that fun time of cooling down, the children ran to the Clarkston Station tennis courts to play some other fun games.

During one of the house visits, Jordan Smith, one of RTN’s summer missionaries, was given the opportunity to visit the house of an Islamic Iraqi family on Saturday with two other people. Once they arrived there, Jordan, along with another girl, Brittany, were able to talk with the women of the house as they fixed lunch while Ky, the other member of their group, was able to speak Arabic with the father of the household. As they all sat down to eat lunch, the group of people had an excellent time visiting with this Iraqi family. Later that evening, it was discovered that while Jordan and Brittany had been visiting with the girls, Ky had had the opportunity to sit down and share the gospel with this Iraqi man. It was a very exciting experience for all, and Jordan, as well as the rest of the RTN team, looks forward to building on these relationships that the members from First Baptist Church Montgomery helped establish.

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