Thank you for checking in on your team. They arrived safely around 5:30pm and were ready to go. After a quick supper the team joined Pastor Reeves at an evening church service at Steptown Baptist Church. Pastor Reeves is the Director of Rural American Missions and pastors two local churches. The church was very accomodating as we maxed out the seating. We were welcomed with open arms and warm smiles. The team enjoyed having this time to get to experience a small taste of this ministry and to get to know some of the folks from this small community.
After discussing some of the details of the trip at our first debriefing, conversation turned to the unique unity this team experiences and what challenges they believe the Lord has for them during this week. The students described their team as accepting, supporting, like a family, hardworking and encouraging. And I need to say that even after only a brief time with them it is evident that much of this is true.
We went on to discuss what they felt would be a challenge for the team. They said evangelism, adjusting to the fact that Srs. are moving on, being vulnerable and working with children would fit the challenge category.
Please pray for your team as they move into this week. Our prayer is for them to leave this trip more like Jesus Christ. Pray that they would be willing to put in the work necessary to accomplish this goal. Pray that the Lord would give them what they need to do battle. Pray that they would seek Him and His strength. Pray that they would have His victory.
We concluded our evening by asking the Lord to give us an idea of who we would meet this week and how He would want us to pray for them. Please join us as we pray for the connections the Lord has planned for us and pray that His Kingdom would grow as a result of our time here.