Not only are the days getting longer, temperatures rising, but also RTN hosted it’s first team of the summer. Harp’s Crossing from Fayetteville, Georgia was our first Mission 24 team. A first Clarkston experience for this group of youth leaders from Harp’s proved to make a lasting impression.
They focused their work in one apartment complex, Marquis Vista (formly known as Valley Place). Bringing many cultures together, these youth hosted a fun cookout. With word spreading about the cookout and games, people began to flock toward the tennis courts. A tremendous “Praise the Lord!” for the Servant’s Heart God provided with this team. The opportunity to make contacts was created while the team was cooking and playing. We met several Burmese families, Nepalese families, and African families. One Sudanese man who had been in the U.S. three days!
The team expressed their surprise about Clarkston. Most of the team did not know about the immense refugee population 45 minutes from their church. Literally, Clarkston is in their backyard, and no one had ever known.
Wednesday morning, the team prayer walked through numerous routes of Clarkston. They were sowing seeds of prayer for RTN, other organizations, and future teams.
“And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”-James 5:15-16
To wrap up the M24, the team visited some of the contacts made the previous day at the contact. We visited Burmese, Sudanese, Nepalese, and Irainian families. “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.'”- Luke 10:5 Finally, five team members served the Jolly Community Garden by painting trash cans for Jenna, Community Garden Coordinator. Team members began to see just how resourceful the refugees can be.
What can a team do in 24 hours? Some may say not much. However, this M24 team helped RTN make huge connections. God also made a lasting impression on the team. When asked “Who would want to come back to Clarkston?” Everyone of the youth raised their hands! PRAISE THE LORD! God is stirring believers with compassion for the Nations.
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”-1 Thess. 1:2-3
Harp’s Crossings started off our summer here at RTN on a great note!