CampusSERVE kickoff happened outside the 2nd CFAW weekend of the semester.
One of my favorite memories of the weekend was this shot from The Meadows:
I arrived at The Meadows and overheard the Gospel being shared and them praying together there. Praise the Lord for the encouragement He gives us on tough days.
Here’s another picture of small groups happening at Greenfield this weekend.
Here are the rest of the happenings around CampusSERVE this weekend:
BIRCHWOOD – Danielle
“Everything went really well at Birchwood today. It was a typical Saturday with footballs games, b-ball, jump-roping, side-walk chalk, crafts and all that fun stuff. With the beautiful weather we had a good number of kids come out and also had a Bible lesson shared by some of the Liberty guys. We had some good conversations with some of the kids and enjoyed sweet fellowship.”
GREENFIELD – Elisa
“It turned out to be such a beautiful day, so we had well over fifty children come out. All of the students were very eager to minister to the community; one guy wants to fix up the playground by getting new swing seats and chains, so we’re going to call the office this coming week to get their permission.
So far this semester we’ve been tight on car space, but we had plenty of room this week – I was even able to take Tyrek and Tyshawn back to the rot for lunch! Ben, who was helping me out for the day, was able to talk to a gentleman who kept saying how much of a blessing we were to the community. Overall, it was a great Saturday!”
COLLEGE HILL – Shanta
“Today at College Hill was great… We started something called “teachable moments”, where a student interacts one on one with a child and uses their time with them as their opportunity to grow a personal relationship with them and teach them about Christ.
Also today we were excited to have two children accept Christ! One of the girls, Amia, said the prayer a student had her repeat then she wrote it out for her to have which was pretty cool. We were also started thinking of ways as a group how we would become more involved in the teenagers in College Hill.”
DEARINGTON – Danielle
“Today at Dearington we got to talk about the most important message in the world—the Gospel. Students sat down in small groups with children and began telling them the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Kids answered questions about the meaning of salvation and some heard about the resurrection for the first time. One of the volunteers brought her sister, who was here for College for a Weekend, and she was able to share her faith with a child.
‘Moose’, a six year old boy, told one of our volunteers today that she needed to listen to the devil because if she didn’t, the devil would kill her. She was able to talk to him about the power of Jesus Christ and tell him why she listens to Jesus. This was a reminder to me that God has called us to this community for reasons like this—He wants to show His power and transform lives, in the process freeing people from lies just like this one.
One of the students began making grass necklaces for the kids. I told nine year old Toronzo that I really liked his necklace. He said thank you, took it off, and told me I could have it. I was blessed by this simple act of giving.”
YODER – Alyssa
“I was so glad that we were able to pass out [service] flyers to the community this weekend! We broke into five groups of two people and went door to door. I asked the teams to really try to have conversations with the community, to ask them what their needs are, and to see what they think we can be doing for the community.
I paired up with a guy named Paul Cameron. He encouraged me so much with how bold for Christ he was as he explained our purpose in the community and he was very charismatic as well. He charmed all the older ladies I’m sure 🙂
Every team had positive feedback when we got back. A few of us groups received a lot of requests for little jobs to be done like raking a lawn or putting up Christmas lights. It’s really exciting because we can use these jobs to form relationships!”
THE MEADOWS – Matt
“… I ended up having several students go visit Ms. Toni to just talk to her, and had the rest pair almost one on one with kids for the craft and activity, so everything ended up running pretty smoothly.
We taught the kids this week to love others through our actions and not only through our words, and the memory verse was 1 John 3:18, and for the craft and activity we had the kids write letters to people they knew, probably even those they were having fights with, saying nice things and telling them they loved them… some of them were already talking about what they were going to do for my challenge them (to go out of their way to love someone else through their actions this week), and the kids side of things went well.
We are still working at reaching the families and some of the older kids, however, and we continue to be down in numbers as far the kids go, but God is continuing to move at The Meadows!”
RESPOND – Sam
“Respond went really well today. Jeff (head of our helps part) got to go out with another guy and help this older lady move some stuff. In Greenfield Kylee and Krystal and Sam Stevens tried to see Marquita and Bianca again but they weren’t there.
They and some other groups found some new contacts that could use some prayer and attention. A lady named Ms. Tina came over to our group before we had set out and said that we, as in CampusSERVE, were really encouraging to her and she felt blessed every time we come….
I got to talk to Venney a good amount and really got to reiterate the Gospel to him and this time he wasn’t drunk, so that definitely helped. Overall it was really good, and we are all looking forward to next week!”
THE OAKS – Samantha
“We have someone new at the Oaks who transferred from the Summit. I talked to the family and they really love of what we do at the nursing home.It was awesome hearing how people appreciate us coming out.
We sing a few hymns before we leave there because the folks at the Oaks love it. We are always asked if we are going to sing. It is awesome to see the smiles on the folks.”
LANGVIEW – Tim
“Jimmy Phillips, who comes every week, brought a guy from the neighborhood to church this morning. I met the mother of a couple of kids for the first time this weekend. Alot of people in Langview are looking for jobs from what I can gather, including Russ still (the guy who rides the bike).
I was with Sam on Monday, a 17 year old kid that had a job interview the next day, but he wasn’t home yesterday and his cell phone plan ran out, so I’m not sure how that went yet. We have zeroed in on a couple of the Ten Commandments in our lessons recently, and today taught forgiveness.”
BROOKSIDE – Jaci
“I became a little more nervous when there was only four guys. Thankfully three more showed up at the site.
Hope came out to take pictures and was able to reconnect with the family we ministered to last week. When Hope came two years ago her and some friends had a baby shower for the lady, Jessica. Hope got to talk to them a lot and met Sophia who is almost two now. It was really cool to see… In the end, God was good and made things run so much smoother than I imagined.”