Florida – July 13 Orlando: A Whole New World

Grace Church of Sebring was an excellent host and partner in ministry this morning. We ran both services and loved every moment with the congregation. Children even joined us on stage to help with the dances and songs. The time after service was spent going out to lunch with Dr. Randall Smith and then finishing up some final paint projects at the church. Our students had time for their hour with God, and then we hit the road.
Dinner was at the world’s largest McDonald’s in Orlando. Students made connections with many people and got exposed to a very culturally diverse menu and crowd. Once we had finished eating, we drove over to Downtown Disney for more conversations and sight-seeing while we are in the area. OB is very thankful for the support of First Baptist Church of Orlando for hosting us these next two nights. A big shout-out goes to Chris Ogden especially for being our connection – he also served two years as an OB leader himself, in ’05 and again in ’08 as a senior leader.
It is amazing how much culture changes between Sebring and Orlando. Pray that we can quickly understand some of the cultural boundaries and how to best minister to people while we are here. This is a heavily commercialized area and we have found many people to be standoffish to the Gospel as everything here is so in-your-face with sales and marketing. There is also plenty of ethnic diversity in Orlando, and we do not always know how to bridge those lingual gaps. This will be a hard tour stop to do ministry in, but our students are excited for the challenge.

Kayla sharing her object lesson during church

Kayla sharing her object lesson during church


Joey singing and playing piano during offering

Joey singing and playing piano during the offering


Jacob Orlando sharing his object lesson

Jacob Orlando sharing his object lesson


Some little church members joined in for some of the dances

Some little church members joined in for some of the dances


Nick L. playing guitar for the offering

Nick L. playing guitar for the offering


Nic H, Jordynne, and Alex during their "Reject" skit

Nic H, Jordynne, and Alex during their “Reject” skit


Jordynne sharing her devotional

Jordynne sharing her devotional


Students performing "Unconditionally" during the service

Students performing “Unconditionally” during the service


Jeremy, Alyssa, and Lydia getting to know some members of the church

Jeremy, Alyssa, and Lydia getting to know some members of the church


Students praying for a family at McDonalds

Students praying for a family at McDonalds