Friday, August 28, 2015

Bay St. Louis Day 1 {Wednesday, 08.26.15}


We are on our first full day here in Bay St. Louis Mississippi and we are happy to say that we have already had many wonderful experiences and opportunities to minister and show Christ’s love to those in the Bay! We have been beyond blessed by the Lord’s provision and goodness towards us. We arrived Tuesday afternoon to the Bay St. Louis area. The effects of the devastation of that took place during hurricane Katrina is still rippling through this community. This is evident as we look out across the miles of land that clearly remain vacated. Miles along the beach are places that were once probably thriving with life, history, and character that still sit mostly uninhabited. As we pulled into the housing we were warmly greeted by Tom and Olgi Price. As we were all gathered around Tom exclaimed, “You brought the cooler weather with you!”  It has apparently been one of the hottest summers in quite some time up until that day --which is just a reminder of how the Lord is so faithful to show up in the details.

Today was the first day of VBS at the Boys and Girls Club! We prepared games and crafts for the children, and also planned to help them with whatever homework they needed to get done for school. Almost every team was full time in this outreach. The children have been very receptive to having us here and we are so thrilled to be able to be sent by our Lord to represent His heart for them. 

Our focus today during the craft was to point out that God is our healer, the One who is able to heal us when we are hurting physically or even emotionally.

We received news by the end of the day that a few of the children had asked their parents if they could stay even longer past when they were ready to be picked up. We want these children to know of the abundant love that God has for them in Christ Jesus. We may not be allowed to have a written curriculum but we are able to be His hands and His feet. We are praying that these children, their families, and even the staff at the Boys and Girls Club will accept our invitations to both the outreach at the beach on Friday and to come Calvary Chapel Bay St. Louis this coming Sunday. 

In addition to the VBS, we ministered to Calvary Chapel Bay St Louis by delivering A LOT of sound equipment we had outgrown at CCFred. Winston and his facility team also prepared to paint the Youth center floor, which will happen tomorrow. 

We are all very excited to see what else God has in store for us here in Bay St. Louis. We hope you will keep us in your prayers. Specific prayer requests from the team include:

That the people remember the love that they receive and know Gods love for them and the truth.
That there would be open doors with the teenagers.
Boy named Christian and his grandma, help with regards to needing to sell grandma’s house.
VBS Crafts that we would remain focused on the Lord’s purposes and plans.

The group would allow the Lord to stretch members of the team (possibly in areas that He wants to grow them in.)
Boldness amongst the group
Compassion for the lost
Colossians 4:2-3
Open doors
Energy, awareness, strength
That Jenny would be able to connect with her sister Rebecca while she is only an hour away from her.
For the uniting of Carey and his brother that he hasn’t been able to see in many years for that reuniting which will happen on Thursday.
For Scott’s son Corey who is moving to his third school in the Navy

**Theater Drama Production on the Beach**

**Upcoming Homeless Ministry Outreach**

Thank you for all your love and support, we will continue to keep you updated on our time spent in Bay St. Louis!

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