Good morning! We are already kicking off our second full day of Serve Dallas and are having an incredible week thus far. Yesterday we split into our three teams to serve with different ministries across Dallas for the entire morning. Over the course of this week, each team will get to serve with Bonton Farms, Cornerstone Baptist Church and Network Community ministries. It’s been so cool to get to come alongside these different ministries that are meeting the needs of people in our community.
In the afternoon we are going through cultural training each afternoon then spending some time debriefing in our family groups. Then we got to eat some delicious dinner prepared by some of our women leaders that have graciously volunteered to cook for us all week! After that, we all gathered together to worship the Lord through song and teaching from His Word, which served as a commissioning service for us as we headed into the three different apartment complexes to lead our first night of VBS. Check out these blogs from students to hear about their experience!
Today my group started out at Cornerstone where we fed people who didn’t even have a place to sleep. Close to the end the other mission group that was serving started singing worship songs. I was looking around I noticed this one man who was singing along and worshiping whole heartedly. I thought how can this man can be so happy when he doesn’t even have a place to sleep, He was filled with Joy from the Lord. This made me realize how much Worship influences us. That night in worship I couldn’t stop thinking about that man praising the Lord whole heartedly. So I challenged myself to pour everything I had into worship. As I listened everyone was singing I could feel the Lords presence and I hope that is a feeling that I can experience more often.
-Allie Harper, a rising sophomore at Hebron High School
Even though today was only the first day of serving at the apartments, it was really eye opening for us. While we were painting faces and making balloon animals you could see the kids’ joy and anticipation for the final result. Most of the time, they were content with getting the half finished product instead of letting us complete our jobs, but their joy was so contagious. It just made us smile!! It warmed our hearts and made us sad at the same time because we realized how little all the kids have but also how we can have a small impact on their lives.
-Kate Russ, a rising 8th grader at Murphy Middle School
Our prayer is that the Lord will continue widening our understanding of His Kingdom and our role in it! Join us in praying for this!
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:33
Published on Jul 2018 @ 11:30 AM CDT