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CampusSERVE Summary | 2-13-10

Langview | Tim

We had some fun today in the snow. A lot of kids were out despite the cold (mostly boys). We had a bunch of new volunteers that fit in well. Me and 2 other guys will be taking some kids to the basketball game on Tuesday.

My heart is hurting for the family that was broken in Langview a couple of weeks ago. The six year-old girl seemed really upset for much of the morning. The ten year old girl mentioned that she didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.

Greenfield | Elisa

I am so thankful to have a weekend without a blizzard! Even though the ratio of Liberty students to kids was about two to one, we filled our time with plenty of snowball-making and the like. Eli headed up the lesson today with a focus on God as the creator of fun, and once again we put Kimayha in charge of passing out the cookies. I appreciate her willingness to do it… I did get to have an interesting conversation with Jaylin about Satan’s origin and was very surprised to find out how much he already knew! And of course I was ecstatic to hear little Darius chime in, “The Devil’s bad; I don’t like him.”

The Meadows | Matt

Today went really well overall. Kids were able to come out by the mobs once again, and we had a pretty solid crew of volunteers including six or seven first-timers. Things went smoothly, though we decided for Amanda to not give the lesson early as planned due to the kids being far too excited about us being there and snow. It worked out pretty well, as we had time to repeatedly physically punish kids in football and snow-ballin’, re-establish relationships, and fill 4 ginormous bags with trash.

The lesson was on Valentine’s Day and God’s love and was not given till the very end. It didn’t go as well as I’d hoped and really brought to light our need for a focused, contextualized lesson plan for the semester, as compared with bouncing around and switching gears from one week to the next. We closed by having small group prayer time, which God continued to use to build deeper relationships between our volunteers and the kids.

…I’m especially excited to see God move in ways beyond our imaginations and hopes this semester!

Respond | Krystal

Today was so AWESOME!!! All of Respond seemed very excited to see the families in Greenfield again. Sam and I spoke with the team before we assigned cars about how we want to REALLY get to know them as well as the Greenfield community. Sam and I organized and presented an excel spreadsheet with categories (Name of Person, Bldg & Apt #, Goals God has laid on your heart for this person, Focus Scripture for the week, Salvation status, Physical Needs, Prayer Requests, and Your Prayer Requests/Concerns).

With that mindset, we split into groups and went out to old and new relationships. The volunteers returned a few minutes earlier, so we could get back to the Rot to DEBRIEF. The Debriefing was awesome! One of the volunteers met the same guy he had witnessed to in the mall the previous week. Also, another group of volunteers was able to buy groceries for a Christian lady in the community who needed encouragement. Likewise, another lady in the community expressed her concern with the violence, prostitution, rebellion, and desperation all around her. We were able to pray with her and encourage her to join the Bible studies.

The Bible studies are still fluctuating, but they are making and will continue to make an impact, preparing the men and women of Greenfield to be LIGHTS in their own neighborhood. We still have not found a central place to meet up, so at times we don’t get to see all of the families that we’ve connected with, but we still have HOPE for greater things. God is really moving, and the volunteers are so COMMITTED and DEDICATED.

We’re really going DEEP and WIDE this semester; we are setting deeper relationships based on the Gospel, and we’re reaching a lot more families with the limited time we have. Overall, it was so wonderful to see God moving in Greenfield, even in the midst of despair. I’m truly excited for RESPOND!

Brookside | Jaci

Another fun and interesting day at Brookside. We had a big football game with about 20 students and older boys going on in the street and then everyone else building a pretty sweet two room snow fort. The numbers were large with both volunteers and kids. There were also about three or four parents outside too. It was funny watching the guys play football and great to see the students connecting with and having fun with the boys.

…Gabby had the opportunity to talk to the same mom after prayer and she shared a lot with her about the community. She told Gabby that some of the families leave there kids locked out after school and she takes them in and feeds them…

I was told all of this in the car, so I need to call Rich and talk to him about it. I know that the best thing I can do right now is to be diligently praying for him and his family.

College Hill | Grace

College Hill was rough starting up logistically today. As we went to go pick up the kids we were able to talk to this young man, and he saw that we had basketballs with us and said if it was not so (insert-expletive) cold outside he would come play! That was really exciting and a further confirmation that when we go out, we need to actually have in our hands what we are going to do and invite people specifically to do A, B, or C especially with older kids, teenagers and adults.

And my volunteers really showed up and talked to the man for a while, asking him questions about teams, how long he had been playing etc…It was just so great, to be back in the College Hill and see kids that I have not seen in two plus weeks. Another young man Bradley, that Scott and I talked to last Thursday, was there on Saturday am and God just really has laid him on my heart. In a world where truth is relative, how do people wade through lies and get to the truth? That thought really brought brokenness to my heart and desperation for God to do a work in my life so I can be demonstrating the gospel to him consistently.

Yoder | Alyssa

We had about eight of us who went out to Yoder and prayed together and then split up into groups to go out and get the kids while I went to a house with another girl (Dawn) to visit a lady we met a few weeks ago. The lady wasn’t home so my friend Dawn and I headed back to the site to get some paper so that we could write her a note. The other groups came back and there was no one with them. No kids were able to come out – they said that either they had moved, weren’t home, or their parents wouldn’t let them come out.

It was slightly discouraging at first. But we all sat/stood around in a circle and I got a piece of paper out and I had them all give me their advice and suggestions for the site. We worked through what we could do better and how we could delegate out jobs and how we could reach the community. We talked about having a plan B each week to go out and be HELPS if no kids were able to come out and we talked about what we could do with the kids. It was a productive time together and I am thankful to the Lord that we had that opportunity Saturday. We each prayed for different aspects of the community and ministry…

Dearington | Brandon

Saturday was a good day for us even with all the snow/ice covering our field. This time I had a chance to go in to the houses and talk with families and what-not. It was a good time and I met a few more people today whom I haven’t seen there before in the neighborhood. As we made it back to the field I was a little unsure of how all the activities would play out because of all the snow. But it didn’t seem to put a damper on anything. The children decided to play games of tag and try to climb the snow mounds, others even played a little basketball and threw the footballs around, while the rest stayed under the canopy and did some arts and crafts or talked. Like I said it was much better than I expected.

I even heard a story about one of the little girls who decided she wanted to collect ice-sickels and eat them. Kristin told her that they had dirt in them and probably were not a good idea to eat because they were dirty. The girl responded “God made dirt, dirt don’t hurt. Pick it up and make it work!” I thought that was pretty funny. Today we also decided to hand out CampusSERVE hearts for Valentine’s day that had our logo on the outside along with “Know that you’re always loved” on it. Inside we put the verse 1 John 4:10 (MSG). We were able to get one to every door!

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CampusSERVE Summary – 1/30/10

Even in SNOW – we have the best volunteers at CampusSERVE.  Almost 80 people went out with us this weekend in the snow and their stories are below.  Keep up to the minute with us by following on twitter here: www.twitter.com/CampusSERVE or join our Facebook group here: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=campusserve&init=quick#/group.php?gid=2200892681&ref=search&sid=55709564.256652204..1

Langview | Tim | 1/30

I discovered a saddening piece of information this morning as well. [Name Removed], who I have been getting to know a bit over the last year (the guy that rides the bike), apparently left his family this week. I asked the 6 year old girl where he was, and she responded, “He’s not coming back here no more.” This is a really rough situation, as that family of 3 girls under 14 have been left by multiple father figures (they all have different fathers).

Also, I was urging a couple of 6-7 year-olds to go inside because of the cold when we were going to leave, but they weren’t allowed because people were having sex on the couch (it was about 15 degrees out and the kids were not properly equipped to be outside).

The only positive I really have from this morning is that we told some people about the Help-Portrait, and had a couple of good conversations.

God is still good. This was a rough morning.

College Hill | Grace | 1/30

CampusSERVE was cold today. One girl came out to play, and we ended taking her back because she was wearing a sweatshirt only. We got downtown and really shocked people by our presence. We handed out hot chocolate packets and fruit snacks to people on the street and in their homes. And some groups were even invited enjoy the hot chocolate with families : ).

We talked about Help-Portrait and people sounded really interested. Scott and I are going back down to College Hill this Wednesday to make sure everyone knows about the event and has all the information that they need.

Huge prayer request: Some LU students have been able to really build relationship with a woman and her kids this past semester. She used to live in greenfield and is really skeptical of CampusSERVE. She let Jared and Cathrine into her home today and told them her story and her most pressing needs. It was a huge answer to pray. She told us that she unfortunately passed an STD to her one year old daughter who is going to pretty much need extensive treatment the rest of her life and it is expensive. So just pray, that God would really give us wisdom and discernment on how we can meet her needs- physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

[Editor’s note: do we have the audacity to believe God will answer this? Let’s pray to that end. “It’s so powerful to think that CampusSERVE’s ministry is God’s answer to so many people’s prayers in this city.”]

Yoder | Alyssa | 1/30

I was thankful that you asked us to question our motives this morning, Kevin. Thank you for that reminder! So, Deidre, Kendra, and Kevin Ng showed up for Yoder and I was thankful for them. I caught a ride with Grace this morning to CampusSERVE because my parents told me that I wasn’t allowed to drive , so we didn’t have a car at our site… Kevin went to another site, Kendra and De stayed and prayed and I went to College Hill with Grace.  It was nice to see Gracie and Scott and work and see what their site is like.

Greenfield | Elisa | 1/30

While initially I regretted even venturing out into the snow because of the road conditions, the seven of us that showed up were able to pass out plenty of Help-Portrait fliers to friends and strangers alike. Interestingly enough, four out of the seven of us were new to CampusSERVE and I’m hoping that their diligence in coming on one of the most inclement days will carry over to the rest of the semester. I was able to see a few of my favorite kids including Nasir who proves to be either our best and/or worst behaved kid each Saturday. He was as sweet as can be today; the poor thing is probably just staved for attention!

Brookside | Jaci | 1/30

Yesterday six of us made it out to Brookside and when we got there only a few people were out. Rich helped shovel for a lady and I played with her son C.J. The others knocked on doors and handed out fliers. In the end we had about 8-10 kids come out and play. We had a fun time packing down snow and sliding down in trash bags!

Alexis, who is 10, came over and told me that her mom thought we were crazy for coming out, but was so thankful we did. She then invited all six of us into her house to eat some amazing pasta and garlic bread that she cooked for us. She also made us all hot chocolate. It was nice to be able to talk to her and get to know her. It was a great blessing to be able to go in the house and receive food and warmth.

Dearington | Danielle | 1/30

Corey, Nick and I drove to Dearington, unsure of what what might be happening there.  Would families be playing in the snow or would they be hiding out in their warm houses?  Everyone must have been warm because we walked into a ghost town.

We were able to connect with several families and tell them about Help-Portrait.  One single mom, Jessica was very excited about getting a picture with her four children before her son graduates in May.  One other mom had a huge smile on her face and replied “That’s wassup”.  =)

We met two new families and helped one of them dig their car out of the snow.  Corey and Nick also shoveled Ms. Atkinson’s walkway.  She was precious and requested prayer for herself and family.  I can’t wait to visit with her again.


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CampusSERVE Summary – 1/23/10

A summary of our first two weeks this spring: don’t forget to follow us at http://www.twitter.com/CampusSERVE for immediate updates during CampusSERVE…

Respond | Sam | 1/23

Man, today was a good day! The Lord really showed up today and answered our prayers. There were some relationships that had to end early because people had left, but it was very easy to pick back up where everyone was before the break. There were a couple opportunities to share the Gospel with individuals, and also an opportunity to help someone move some beds in.

The people there seemed to really want to open up to us, and it was really good to have two new solid volunteers come and help with Respond… The Lord was really amazing in how He answered our prayers that He would come before us and clear a way for us to make an impact. Praise God!

Greenfield | Elisa | 1/23

Today turned out to be what I consider a success. We only had thirty-some kids come out which is below average for Greenfield, but it made for an excellent student-child ratio considering there were about twenty Liberty students. All of the volunteers seemed to be eager and very sacrificial when it came to giving shoulder rides. I saw huge improvements in two of our most difficult children today, all because of the worth they felt when given extra responsibility.

One nine-year old girl who tends to bully boys and girls alike was put in charge of handing out the cookies to the children who could recall what they learned from the story. Her assertive personality was very beneficial because she could control the crowd, but even as a nine-year old she had enough discernment to require less or more information on the lesson based on the child’s age.

Another child, Nassir, assisted me in picking up all of the trash and he even shared some food with me! Disregarding the fact that these instances were spattered between verbal threats, dramatic behavior, and curse words, I still feel as if he’s making progress!

While drawing with sidewalk chalk a Greenfield resident whom I had never met or seen before declared how thankful he is for CampusSERVE and our impact on his community!

Brookside | Jaci | 1/23

…The first door I went to was Steve’s and he was already getting the kids dressed. …I asked him to tell me how things were going and he told me about his daughters stitches, Christmas, Tony’s love for basketball… finally he stopped what he was doing, stood up and looked at me and said, but the greatest thing is that I got a job. I told him how awesome that was and how I was praying and was so thankful God provided that for him. Steve is now working in demolition and the job gives him good hours, but Jessica can also keep her job.

For some reason this meant a lot to me…Steve and Jessica’s daughter Sophia is very quiet and shy so it usually takes her a while to warm up. Although this weekend she was so different. When she came running out the door she walked right up to me and held her hand out for me to hold. Then a few minutes later she ran up to another student named Laura and started playing with her. This seemed to be how it was with all of the kids that came out. I wan’t expecting it to be a challenge to reconnect, but I also wasn’t expecting it to be so easy.

Myself and another student also had the opportunity to talk to an older lady who attends Tree of Life. She is a very kind Christian lady who is worried, stressed, but in prayer daily for her grown kids who are not saved. She has five kids and thirteen grandchildren that she takes care of often. Her oldest daughter Dianna was a close friend of a family of three that were all shot and killed in the shooting this week. She said her daughter is very emotional and will need a lot of prayer. We were able to pray with her for her daughter and other needs she mention to us while talking. It was great to have the opportunity to encourage a sister in Christ who’s heart breaks to see salvation among her family and community.

The final great story from today happened to two very consistent students name Liz and Brooke. While knocking on doors they met Kay, a young single mom. Kay is about 26 years old and her daughter is 6. Her daughter was visiting other family members for the weekend so Kay was home alone. Kay told the girl that she had a really bad sinus infection and has had it for a while. The girls asked if they could help in anyway so she invited them in. While in her house Brooke and Liz made soup for her and then sat and talked with her for about forty-five minutes while she ate. Kay told them that last month she was going to lose her apartment because she was unemployed and couldn’t pay rent, but Jess (Steve’s wife) paid her rent. Awesome! Kay told the girls how lonely she was all the time and how badly she wants a job for the money, but also to have something to do. We are excited for the future opportunities to minister to Kay and build a relationship with her.

I really felt God working in Brookside today and Rich and I are so excited for the potential this semester holds!

College Hill | Grace | 1/23

College Hill went great this morning. We have started to split up to go pick up the kids and talk to families in teams. A team containing a few people who want to do sports activities, play with younger kids, and then the rest were designated to simply walk and talk among the community. This way we can be intentional about those we invite to be a part of what we do on Saturday mornings. And we were really able to see a difference in this approach. We had the most random and eclectic age group that I have ever seen, from 4yrs old to 17 years. We were able to find out more needs in the community, and were able to begin passing the word about Help-Portrait.

Birchwood | Kailey | 1/23

This week at Birchwood was petty ‘Business-as-usual’. We had a very interactive lesson about the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea (Thank you, Jacob!) and the kids loved it! The biggest difference was that our normal attendance of 35-ish kids became 50 today!! Praise God!

The real news for this week was our following meeting, where about 12 of us went to a restaurant for a vision/planning meeting. We are going to start some pretty big projects this semester! -Please be praying as we address the beginning of tutoring and supervising programs, and possibly starting a “house church” in the community.  I am SO blessed to have such a willing, passionate, Christ-loving team! I can’t help but feel like this is what Christ envisioned of His bride: serving, praying, and eating together. May we always be nothing short of that calling!

Yoder | Alyssa | 1/23

After praying, we split up into groups… And most of the groups went out to collect the kids. Two groups (one with Shannon and Joey and the other with Kyle and me) went door to door telling the community that we are back and asking if they wanted us to pray with them. Shannon and Joey were able to talk to 5-6 different people and prayed with one. Kyle and I went to 5 doors and no one answered. I knew that God was sovereign in the moment and that if no one answered, there was a reason.

At the next door, a middle-aged woman answered and asked us to come in because the owner of the house had back problems. I was SO excited to be invited in because I knew there was a greater chance of a deep conversation. We began to talk to the lady and through conversation we found out that she was a Christian. She has many health issues, lost her daughter last May, and has a granddaughter that is possibly being abused by her mom who is addicted to crack and alcohol. Kyle and I prayed with her towards the end and then continued in conversation. As we were preparing to leave, she asked us if we’d like coffee, but we told her that we’d love to have some coffee when we visit her next Saturday 🙂 It was awesome because there is exchange in that!

The Meadows | Amanda | 1/23

Saturday went really well. It was nice to be able to reconnect with the families in The Meadows. We had several LU volunteers who had never been out to CampusSERVE before and 3 of them went with me to visit Ms. Toni. We had a good conversation with her and we all had an opportunity to pray together before we left.

We decided to try something a little bit different with the lesson. We’re keeping the group lesson pretty short and then asking the LU volunteers to pray individually or in small groups with the kids. Since we have such a huge age range this gives the LU students a chance to sort of reiterate or expand on the group lesson at a level better suited to the individual kids. It seemed to work well this Saturday so we plan to keep it up.

I know Matt brought some of the older guys to Word of Life and Emily and I brought 2 of the older girls to TRBC this morning. It was great to be able to connect with them a little more outside of Saturday morning. One of the girls had some questions about some of the things that Pastor Falwell said and we were able to have a good discussion about it all.

Dearington | Brandon | 1/23

Saturday was an awesome day out in the community of Dearington even with the colder weather… While Sarah and I were waiting to pick up one of the boys at his door his mother (Rosaline) asked us to pray for her and her family. I’m glad that this seems to be happening a lot more lately :-). When we got back to the park we found some of the children painting the girls nails, and a few coloring and hanging out under the pavilion.

Our day went well as kids ran around and students chased them around. I also noticed some of the students talking about the Bible with some of them and even some praying with a group, before we even had given out the lesson to do in small groups. I thought that was just AWESOME!! I am getting excited for this semester because it seems now we are starting to connect better with this community.

Today’s lesson was about God’s love. First we wanted to know what they viewed love as and then explain to them what God’s love was. How pure it is, and how it is never failing, no matter what! The verse of the day was Jer. 31:3b “I have loved you with an everlasting love” to help explain from scripture His love. Today instead of telling them a story from the Bible we urged our students to share from their testimony a time they felt God’s love, and how it effected them in some way. We even had some of the children writing memory verses on construction paper. We even heard them quoting other verses, attributes of God, and even lessons from previous times we have visited. :-)!!


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CampusSERVE Spring 2010 Dates

CampusSERVE: consistently going to Jesus’ calling to local mission on the following dates this spring:

Jan 23
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 13
Feb 20
Feb 27
Mar 6
Mar 27
Apr 3
Apr 10
Apr 17
Apr 24
May 1
May 8

May we all see the Kingdom of God advance now in places never before in Lynchburg. May the fruits of love, patience, goodness, joy, kindness, faithfulness, self-control, peace, and gentleness be know to all people we encounter. And, may we partner faithfully with all others who do.

Until all have surrendered to Him,
-The CampusSERVE Team