We are the church, whether we are gathered or scattered--each one of us, a part of the body of Christ, wherever we go, whatever we do.
So, where can you find us, and what are we doing?
Here's one of the 8th-grade girls small groups (including their leaders and parent drivers) last week shopping for gifts for a couple of the Kids Hope mentees. All the Student Ministry small groups went out shopping for the mentees. Katie Talk (bottom left) and Sarah Chevalier (I think she's taking the picture) lead this group.
Five Oaker Chad Peterson is Associate Director of Teens for Christ and leads one of our 6th-grade boys small groups. Here he and his group are working a Salvation Army shift at Jerry's Foods.
Here's a follow-up on Legend Rutledge's trip to Haiti to work with our ministry partners there. You have to read this!
(Legend in her own words.) "I’m sitting next to a gentleman named Johnny on my last flight back to Minnesota from Atlanta/Haiti. He asked me where I was coming from, I told him about my heart and my mission for Haiti, what I do and where I go while I’m there. He asked how one would get involved to go and do such a thing. I told him that I found my way through my church. He said he didn’t belong to a church. He told me about how his mom is Christian, his grandmother is Buddhist, and he himself is Atheist. He asked if I was judging him for that, I told him that I wasn’t in any way. He asked what the name of the organization I work with in Haiti is called, I told him it was GVCM. Next thing I know I hear him saying 'I’m going to do it.' This stranger named Johnny, a man I have never seen or met before in my life, after having a 3 minute conversation about the heart God gave me for Haiti, is now looking into living in Haiti to serve in GVCM and do any work that needs to be done in the school, orphanage, or clinic for A WHOLE YEAR. 'I’ve never met someone as giving as you. I want to make a difference and make change, I want to help, I’m so selfish,' he said, he continued to say 'Maybe I should look into a church too. I’m not sure what I believe, but I know that there is something up there and after talking to you I have faith, and I think that’s cool. I will have to do some research on Christian church, too.' I had to try and hold back tears. I told him the kids who live in GVCM have a way of changing lives. 'My life has never been changed. That’s something I’ve never had before. I’m going to do it.'"