Relationships That Matter

“Kids are playful around here!” exclaimed nine and a half-year-old Riley at the end of his last day in Clarkston. Riley was one of twenty-seven people from Kershaw Second Baptist Church in South Carolina, the most age-diverse group RTN has hosted all summer. Kershaw had many opportunities to love and serve their neighbors during the week of July 15. Not only did they participate in the usual prayer walks, house visits, and Backyard Bible Clubs, but they also had the opportunity to put on two block parties where they served food to over 350 people. Some of their young men also had a very successful soccer ministry and were able to reach out to youth from the community, a pocket of people that are difficult to reach.

Some of Kershaw’s adults were involved in ESL ministry. In order to learn English as a second language, it is profitable to listen to different voices. Kershaw was an asset to our teachers, Rebekah and Jordan, as they assisted in various verbal exercises. Erica Hendrix enjoyed the refugees’ eagerness to learn. “They even came in the midst of the pouring down rain and lightening.” After class every Wednesday, Rebekah tells a Bible story and lists prayer requests. Kershaw got a taste of heaven as prayers were lifted in both English and Chin, a language of the Burmese.

“After this, I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…” Revelation 7:9

Allen Russell learned the importance of getting to know those you’re trying to reach . “It’s not about us knowing all about the Bible and drilling it into people’s heads, but what it comes down to is relationships–that’s what Jesus did.” RTN rejoices because this summer we have seen many Muslims come out and interact at our Backyard Bible Clubs. Because of this we have been able to build lasting relationships with a large group of Muslim women. RTN thanks Kershaw Second for being the hands and feet of Christ and helping us reach the lost in Clarkston.


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