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Faith Family Mission Trip 2016 - Day 3

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Feed My Starving Children welcomed us back again this morning, where we were privileged to pack meals that will be headed to children in Haiti, the Philippines, and the Ukraine. After our packing session, the organization invited us to come up during the "packing recap" to present our fundraising initiatives taken on by each family. One family hosted a lemonade block party to raise $100, another sold toys and handmade art, another collected change all year, and the other two families solicited friends, family and even Cardinals fans at a baseball game! It was great to see the kids being so selfless and starting to learn how much hard work goes into buying and packing the food. These are God lessons we hope last a lifetime.


After lunch we had a fun devotion time with Pastor Tim Bayer, a former Missions Pastor at Faith that is now lead Pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, just about 45 minutes away from New Song. It was great to catch up with an old friend - and one of the impetuses of this family mission trip!

The afternoon brought the return of the scavenger hunt - a favorite activity for most of the kids. We divided into 5 teams and set out into the community to find opportunities to bless the local residents. We had some awesome encounters including giving a boy a stuffed toy, and his mom breaking down into tears, saying that her son is autistic and they had just had a rough day and what a blessing that was in lifting their spirits. We visited police stations, firehouses, and local businesses and blessed people through food, cards, prayer, and gifts. Random acts of kindness were popping up all over this city - praise GOD!

Tomorrow we are excited to volunteer at Phil's Friends, a new opportunity for us. This inspiring organization sends care packages nationwide to people fighting cancer, encouraging them and sharing Christ-centered hope. We can't wait to see how we're able to help support their mission.

Please continue to pray for us and the people we will encounter. We want to be a light for Christ in a world seemingly suffocating in darkness. We want our children to experience God's truth and love early and often, so they might continue to share Him with the world all their days. We want to be humble servants who remember to always, "Pray More, Worry Less.

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Faith Family Mission Trip 2016: Day 2

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What an awesome day we've had today!

We started off the day with a quick devotion on the meaning of "Hesed" before heading to Hesed House for an opportunity to present the donation items we purchased with grant money from Faith. They were so appreciative - especially for some items they rarely receive including "trash grabbers" and weed killer. The older kids and 6 adults stayed to help serve in various ways including doing laundry, serving lunch, organizing clothing, and yard work. We were invited to stay for lunch, which provided a unique opportunity to meet and talk with some of the residents. We made many connections and heard heartbreaking stories of loss, addiction, and need. Please be in prayer for the residents at Hesed House and for the staff and volunteers that run that inspiring organization. 

Pray & Play Group

The younger kiddos and 4 adults went to the park this morning for a "pray and play" event. It was a beautiful summer day, so we were able to pass out snacks and drinks that were labeled with invitations to New Song to over 45 local kiddos. We enjoyed playing and having fun with some of the local kids, while sharing the love of God.

 


The afternoon brought us back to one of our favorite activities - packing food at Feed My Starving Children. In our 2 hour session, our group packed 150 boxes, which equals 32,400 meals and 89 kids fed for a year - praise God! The cost for the food is $7128, which has already been covered by generous donations, per their financial model. What an awesome organization supported by like-minded Christians. Over 90% of the money received goes directly to purchase food - which has earned FMSC a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

 

We enjoyed an awesome time of devotion and worship based off our theme verse with New Song's Pastor Jason before a mini-scavenger hunt the teens prepared for the younger kids, then dinner and some much needed showers at the local YMCA.

 

Thank you as always for your diligent prayers. We can feel the Holy Spirit moving here. Please keep our team in your prayers as we return to FMSC again tomorrow and also enjoy the kid-favorite Scavenger Hunt for Jesus! We always have fun and interesting encounters during that activity - we trust tomorrow will be no different!

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