Our first full day of orientation is complete, and we already see God moving in such incredible ways. Students are building life-long friendships and are already learning so much. We started out the morning with a fun wake up song involving the students dancing and moving like bananas (If bananas were to move) I’m sure the students will love to show you (parents, friends, family, everyone) when they get home. We then entered into a time of quick business essentials as the students were introduced to all the leaders and some guidelines for the summer were discussed. We rounded out the morning by learning some fun songs to do alongside kids as well as learning our theme verse: Acts 11:23-24 which says “When Barnabas arrived, and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.”
Grace College was kind enough to provide us with subs for lunch as well as some free t-shirts. The students were thankful and decided to show their appreciation to them with a song that they learned earlier in the morning (They did such a great job, and the Grace College staff loved it). Following lunch, the students broke into groups and spent some time vacuuming the church, washing windows, and much more. Some of them even cleaned the Operation Barnabas bus which will be their second home for the next six weeks. It was great to see the students serve and be looking for all opportunities to help out. Early afternoon was packed with more choir, learning the importance of evangelism from Ed Lewis, as well as learning how to make a wide array of balloon creations!
After dinner at Grace College, we heard from Ed Lewis again about evangelism as well as submission and authority a little later on. The students heard from and had a small time of worship. Emily W. even led us in a beautiful rendition of How Great Thou Art. It was an extremely busy day, but it was successful and fun.
Please be praying that the students will continue to build and grow relationships with each other as well as the leaders. Pray that they will use this week of orientation to focus their hearts and prepare themselves for the summer that God has in store for them. Pray also that God will daily renew their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength as these days are packed and long.
Goodnight from Operation Barnabas and God Bless!