July 11th- Team Ohio
Today, we would say, has been agreed on to be one of the best days Team Ohio has had all summer. God’s sovereignty is real, and He showed up in incredible ways throughout the day. It started with the students having to be at the church at 5:45 this morning. By far, our earliest morning yet. The church was hosting a biker breakfast from 6:00am-10:00am, and we as a team helped with the pancake flipping, door holding, greeting people, and just having meaningful conversations. People were incredibly friendly, and it was great to meet these bikers who had traveled from all over the country to see a vintage motorcycle race.
Since it was an early morning, the youth pastor was gracious enough to let the students take a 45 minute nap before jumping up and spending the afternoon doing some manual labor around the church. Lots of students weeded, while some cleaned windows, painted the basketball poles, and four students were even able to help out an elderly member of the church at her house. Before pizza arrived for dinner, the students grouped together and had a quick choir run through for tomorrow’s service.
Around 6:00 we headed to the park to do the program that was supposed to happen yesterday. This is where God started to work in His incredible ways. There were very few kids there and even the ones there had no interest of talking. The students did a great job and gave it their all even though they knew they were not performing for a lot of people. It was a great reminder of how to do everything in excellence for the Lord, and they did a great job. God had bigger plans for the evening still, and when it was time to share the gospel through the cross illustration, the students spread out to talk to anyone they could find. A few of them were finally able to sit down after a few tries with the kids who had avoided us all night, and two of the boys ended up accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As we drove home on the bus, everyone was overwhelmed at the sovereignty and divine nature of the God we serve. It was an incredible evening and God moved in mighty ways.
Please pray for the two boys who came to know the Lord. Pray God will continue to draw them closer to Himself and that they will grow in many ways. Pray also for the service tomorrow at Lexington Grace. Pray that God will use the students to relay the gospel clearly to the congregation.
Goodnight from Team Ohio and God Bless!