This summer we had the privilege of hosting not only one, but two mission teams! Both were churches from out-of-state, and the groups were led by youth-pastor friends of ours. The Alabama team started off the summer for us (you can read about that week here) and the North Carolina team came last week to help out.
The mornings were full of construction-type projects. We painted at a widow’s home, picked up trash in our neighborhood, prayer-walked, built a storage building for The Connection, and put up a safety fence at The Connection. The heat was no joke but the group persevered.
Lunch (and supper) was held at a different church each day. You guys know that when you ask a church to prepare a meal, you get some good stuff! We were fed like royalty all week. We are so grateful for the relationships we have at so many different churches and the love they share for our ministry.
Each afternoon the group hosted a Backyard Bible Camp at The Connection for the Countryside kiddos. It was a fun and HOT time to love on the kids and share Jesus with them. Many, many relationships were formed and many felt the hands and feet of Jesus through this team. It was truly a great time.
To say that the NC team was a blessing would be an understatement. They loved well and served well. They have an enthusiasm and zeal for Christ that you don’t see in many youth groups. The things I heard the youth say to the children of our neighborhood were so mature and life-changing. I caught a few girls sharing scripture with a young girl in our neighborhood. I saw many hugs and smiles and piggy-back rides. And I saw tears on every cheek the day they left and the kiddos were picked up by their parents. These youth gave their ALL last week and we are proud they chose Countryside to serve.
Until next year,