Sunday, July 15, 2018

Week 6 - FBC Jamestown, Calvary Church, Union Grove Baptist Church, North Hampton UMC, Grace UMC, & First Presbyterian Hannibal.

Rosamond
Week 6 has come and gone already - we can't believe it! FBC Jamestown was at Rosamond this week. With five stations, there was always something for everyone to enjoy! Bible Story was complete with colorful posters, big pictures, and a silly little river otter puppet named Romper. Crafts ranged from salvation bracelets to Christmas ornaments, all of which were well-timed and lots of fun. Science station was well equipped with fun experiments that related to life on mission. The kids were so excited to go home and show their families how the joy of Jesus bubbles up inside of us like baking soda on a lemon! Song's station was a blast with musical chairs and hand games, and games was always an adventure! At the end of the week, every kid got to take home a handmade cross necklace. Natia was so excited to get everyone to autograph her cross so she could remember to pray for her new friends by name - so sweet! Thank you, FBC Jamestown, for all of your efforts this week. Keep us in your prayers over the next two weeks!
- Brianna

Guernsey
This week Calvary Church was in town and hanging out at G-Street! The church has been to Guernsey Bible Club before, so they were excited to reunite with some of the kids! The team put on a friendly competition for our older boys as they created new relay races for them to complete each day in games. The kids loved it, and it was sweet to see our older boys cheer one another on as they raced. All our kids learned about Jesus’ tomb and baptism during Bible story. Our youngest kids loved decorating rocks that resembled Jesus’ tomb and making megaphones out of plastic cups. The kids showed their knowledge off to us all week by shouting the good news of the Lord through their megaphones. Abbey and I are very excited to let everyone know that one of our older boys, Courtney, has accepted the Lord into his life! For those who know Courtney, you know how truly smart he his and the depth of his many questions. After having multiple conversations with him throughout the week, Courtney asked if we could pray together for him to accept the Lord. We could not be any more excited about this! I am so thankful for all the seeds that teams have planted in Courtney! It has been an amazing summer so far, and we ask for prayers as our summer comes to a close. See you next year, Calvary. Thanks for all you did this week!
- Katie & Abbey

National
This week at National we had Union Grove Baptist Church in the house. The week was filled with lots of dancing, bubble blowing, and jump roping. During crafts, the team helped the kids make a coat of many colors and a lion mask among some other cute things. During songs, the kids played hot potato, and when the music stopped they had to say what their favorite thing about club was. It was such a neat way for the team and the kids to interact. In games, Union Grove planned jump rope, sharks and minnows, and ultimate soccer. The team had interactive Bible stories and even used lemonade to demonstrate sharing. Thank you all so much for sacrificing your time to spend it with the National kids!
- Allie & Morgan

Jackson
I don't know what I've been told, Bible club ain't getting old! What a fun-filled week at Jackson! Calvary Church came full of love to give, and it was a blessing to see them be the hands and feet of Jesus this week. The kids learned about how God is able to heal broken and hurting hearts, and they symbolized that by bandaging a heart with band-aids in crafts. The kids had a ton of fun playing soccer and kickball at games, and they loved making megaphones at crafts to remind them to share the good news. When the Bible story was about Jesus being baptized, it was really awesome to hear one of our older girls, Perla, explain back to me that baptism was a symbol of how God has washed us clean of our sins. She knew that baptism showed others that one had believed in Christ and chosen to follow Him. There is no doubt that God has been pouring out His love on the kids at Jackson!
- Holly & Tedder

Johnson
It was a hot week at Johnson, but the kids still had an awesome time! Calvary Church loved on our kids so, so well. The kids had an awesome time learning about Jesus and John the Baptist. In crafts, the kids enjoyed "baptizing Jesus" and making healed hearts. In games, they enjoyed playing all kinds of games like Mr. Bear and kickball. Their favorite was a Sharks and Minos style game called Infection which related to the Bible Story of Jesus healing lepers. Something that meant a lot to me was being able to give a Bible to Jay. He is such a big help at club, and we can’t wait to watch him grow in his faith after accepting Christ last week! Thank you to Calvary Church for loving our kids so well! After a high of 40 kids this week, we can’t wait to see Bible Club Johnson continue to grow!
- Kenni & Kaden

Que Que
Through the heat and through the humidity, God was showed up at Bible Club Que Que this week. Thanks to Grace UMC, we had some precious moments with some awesome kids this week. After 6 weeks of being out at Bible Club, we finally started to see some walls come down for one of our sweet girls. One of our older boys was really touched by the kindness of the leaders, so much so that he wanted to give the cross he made at crafts to his favorite leaders on Friday. Seeds that have been planted and watered throughout this summer are definitely showing growth. We are so thankful for Grace UMC for all that they did to bring life to the Que Que party. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers over the next week!
- Anna & Ashley

Whittier
If I had to choose one word to describe this week at Whittier it would be extraordinary. We are so thankful to Calvary West Campus for hanging out with us another year! This team's love and enthusiasm kept the kids coming out for club. We had a summer high of 59 on Thursday and remained in the 50’s all week. They found new kids and ministered to new families all week long. The kids had a blast in bible story and showed their knowledge by answering questions and receiving candy. Games kept the energy up with dance parties and finger dart relays! In crafts, the kids made shields, salvations chains, and megaphones, which they used to shout and spread the good news of Jesus! For those of you who know Ambree and Devin, they both accepted Christ this week. We are so thankful for all God did this week & eager for another amazing week of Bible club.
- Claire & Special K

Pope
We had a great week hanging out with kids at Pope this week thanks to North Hampton UMC. The kids loved to dance to songs like the Cupid Shuffle and Church Clap. They played several games including sharks and minnows, duck duck goose, and a new game called Wax Museum. North Hampton taught the kids about Jesus washing our sins away and the death and resurrection of Christ. In crafts, the kids made treasure chests (because they are treasures to God) as well as wonder bottles, picture frames, and origami things. Everyone had a blast at club this week, from just loving on kids to sharing the Gospel with them. Thanks for a great week, North Hampton UMC. 
- Carla & Tanisha

Treadwell
Hello Treadwellians! God showed his sovereignty multiple times over the course of this week at Bible club, and it was amazing! We had twenty-eight different children come to club this week to hear about the gospel. Our older kids station on Thursday did not want to stop hearing about God, so the other rotations continued the Bible story for them. On Friday, many children were spoken to about what it means to accept Jesus into their heart and a salvation took place! Ry’Niya, the cousin of Martaja and Tank, understood the choice she had made and was joyful about it. When I asked her what this choice meant for her life she told me, “It won’t always be easy, but I’m going to live differently now and become more and more like Jesus. When I get angry, I have to pause to think about my actions and what Jesus would want me to do. I can’t just hit people anymore.” I am so thankful to God for increasing our kingdom family this past week at Treadwell with the help of First Presbyterian Hannibal! Thank you for answering the call this past week could not have happened the way it did without you! 
- Rachael

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Week 5 - Union Grove Baptist Church, FUMC Marble Falls, FBC Liberty, Arcadia FBC, Ridgedale Baptist Church, & Valley View UMC.

Rosamond
The Fourth of July week at Rosamond was popping with love and fun thanks to Union Grove Baptist Church! The team came in prepared to minister to every child the Lord placed in front of them this week. A family of girls came to know Jesus as their Savior on Monday, which gave us more cause to celebrate than even July 4th! On Wednesday, Union Grove provided sack lunches for all of the Bible Clubs. We were so thankful for that! Songs station was a blast every single day! The kids really loved playing musical hula-hoops and going on bear hunts. Game's station was always full of surprises, from teaching the kids how to play soccer to the kids teaching the team how to play Mr. Bear! Bible Story was always animated, and the kids enjoyed eating snacks while they learned about Jesus performing miracles. Last but definitely not least, the kids loved making little lunchboxes and coloring over in crafts station. All around, the team and the kids had lots of fun and made many sweet memories. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for Union Grove's relationship with the kids at Rosamond. Thank you, Union Grove, for giving your all this week!
- Brianna & Holly

National
FUMC Marble Falls came to love on the kids at National this week. The kids had a blast at songs having dance battles, playing freeze dance, and singing Bible Club songs at the top of their lungs. Crafts was a hit as well; the kids loved making candy boxes and pop up coloring sheets. The team was determined to go out and find as many kids as possible to get loved on and hear the Gospel. God is SO faithful and sent us 62 kids on Monday! I watched as 62 kids were loved on, fed, and got to hear the greatest news of Jesus. We were reminded of how much God loves this city and his children and how special it is that He chooses us to share in his work. On Friday, the team provided each kid with a bag of snacks. The kids were so excited! Week after week, we are seeing these kids’ hearts transform. God is alive and doing big things in the hearts of kids at National Bible club. Continue to pray for the next few weeks. I know God will do many more great things!
- Morgan, Allie, & Tanisha

Guernsey
G-Street did it up big for the Fourth of July! A huge thank you to FBC Liberty for coming into town. This team has been coming for many years, so it was very sweet to watch them reconnect and love on kids they remembered from previous trips. This team’s passion kept the stations fun and interactive. They even brought 74 kids out to Bible Club on Thursday! It was awesome to see new faces out at club, and I am excited to see what God has planned next for Guernsey. Every day FBC Liberty had new games prepared for the kids including relay races, kickball, and a target game out of a tarp that the kids could throw balls through. Songs station created posters every day with lyrics to fun songs. The kids sang along, danced with the props, and even got to take home the colorful posters. It was so sweet to watch how excited the kids were to take the posters home, and to watch the kids walk home with posters that were bigger than them! Cortavious told me that he was going to hang the poster in his kitchen so everyone could know about Jesus. The Lord is doing great things at G-Street! A big thank you to FBC Liberty and we are excited to see you next year!
- Katie, Abbey, & Carly

Johson
What an awesome 4th of July we had this week with Arcadia First Baptist Church from Santa Fe! Johnson got the ability to minister to kids for this entire week thanks to Arcadia FBC! We had a patriotic week filled with some of the most American things you can think of, from football and relay races to playdough. Most importantly, this week was filled with lots of love and lessons about Jesus! Thanks to the contagious love poured out by Arcadia this week, kids came out to enjoy Bible Club – and even celebrate the 4th of July! The kids were shown so much love this week, and we were blessed to we have some salvations occur throughout the week. Amazing! We can’t wait to continue this work at Johnson next week! Thank you, Arcadia FBC!
- Kenni & Tedder

Whittier
This week at Whittier was like no other! We are so thankful to Ridgedale Baptist for coming this 4th of July week so we could have Bible club and show the love of Christ to the Whittier kids for another week. Games station was one of the highlights this week where the kids playing lots of cornhole and sharks and minnows. Crafts also consisted of fun activities throughout the week, including making puppets of Joseph with his coat of many colors, salvation bracelets, Styrofoam crosses, and even bird feeders! Songs station had plenty of new songs and Bible Club songs! One of the songs the kids learned and loved last week, so it was awesome to see that connection transfer. Last but not least, each day the Bible story explained a different aspect of how God relates to us. We are so thankful to Ridgedale for sacrificing their time and efforts to come to Memphis so we could have Bible club and love on our precious kids. Also, a special thank you to a few extra helpers on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday - y’all are so appreciated! Please continue to pray for safety and TONS of kids to come to Bible club. Ultimately, please pray for understanding and acceptance of the gospel in the hearts of this community. God is working big time over at Whitvegas!
- Claire & Special K

Que Que
This 4th of July week was filled with 4 things: red, white, blue, and Jesus.
People say that leadership is reflective and the best way to lead is by example. This week, that was evident in the most wonderful way. The leadership from Valley View UMC created a beautiful chain, from the youth pastor to the students, from the students to the kids at Bible Club. Valley View UMC showed our Bible Club kiddos so much love. For the first time ever at bible club Que Que, our team brought out puppets to tell the Bible story, and the kids responded so well. That wasn’t the only experiment done though. Did I mention we had a science station? So cool, right? The kids were super engaged with hands-on science experiments that tied back to the Bible story. It was an incredible week at Que Que, with a high of 60 kids on Friday. Kaden, Ashley, and I are extremely grateful for the willing hearts and hands of Valley View UMC. We look forward to seeing them again soon!
- Anna, Ashley, & Kaden

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Week 4 - FBC Paris, Broad River Baptist Association, The Word Community Church, Valley View Baptist Church, Arrowwood Baptist Church, FBC Amory, New Pleasant, & FUMC Wamego

Rosamond
Bible Club Rosamond was such fun thanks to FBC Paris! The team came in prepared to love on the kids at Bible Club. From dance parties at songs to kickball at games, the kids had a lot of fun and spent their energy well. Each craft was carefully planned and fun to create! The kids really enjoyed making salvation caterpillars (a spin on salvation bracelets) out of popsicle sticks and pom poms. They also really enjoyed decorating all of their crafts with shiny gems. At Bible story, the kids learned a lot about the life of Jesus, and one of our kids was introduced to Jesus as her savior! I am so thankful to FBC Paris for their willingness to share the gospel in love with our kids at Rosamond. Until next time!
- Brianna & Kenni

Guernsey
The Word Community Church was hanging out at G-Street this week, and our kids had so much fun with them! The crafts station had so many interesting crafts such as prayer journals, salvation bracelets, and picture frames. The kids even got to practice writing in their journals. Bible story kept our kids engaged all week and got them asking tons of questions about making good decisions. The team challenged our older girls with many questions and had many Christ-related conversations. The games station helped our kids stay cool by tossing water balloons back and forth. All our kids had a blast in the songs station where they made a music video to the song “King of My Heart”. Some of the kids got to sing while the older girls made up dance moves and the older boys participated in the production team. The Word knocked on all the doors and brought us a summer high of 68 kids on Thursday! We are so grateful for The Word and how they loved on our kids. Please keep the G-street babies in your prayers!
- Abbey & Katie

National
Week 4 has come to an end, leaving us with four more weeks of summer! Broad River Baptist Association took on National this week and had a blast. From interactive Bible stories to water games and colorful crafts the kids had a fantastic week. The kids loved getting to play Connect Four and relay games in games. Broad River planned a super structured water day for Thursday where the kids used spray bottles to participate in a series of water games. In crafts, they colored frisbees with the Bible verse of the day on them and decorated with stickers. The Bible story group had props to go along with the story which really helped our kids to interact. Broad River had the little kids in their very own group where they played with blocks and puppets and showed lots of love. We started off with 53 kids on Monday and ended the week on with 57 kids on Friday! Thank you for such a great week Broad River! Please continue praying for National as we head into week 5!
- Morgan & Allie

Whittier
Amazing is an understatement for this past week at Whitvegas. This whole week was centered on the story of Nehemiah, and the kids focused on memorizing Jeremiah 29:11. The kids kept coming up to us with so much excitement to show us how they could say the whole verse on their own, which was beyond sweet to witness. Games were crazy fun all week - from doing obstacle courses blindfolded to learn about trusting God, to playing with the parachute, to playing red light green light, games were constantly moving, and the kids were having a blast. Crafts was incredible, especially painting rocks to highlight that Jesus is our rock and making the cutest polaroid bookmark craft. Our Whittier kids also really enjoyed learning new songs from Valley View Baptist Church his week. Seeing the kids joyfully dancing and singing about God’s Truth brought me so much joy. Lastly, at the end of the day on Friday, every single kid received a Bible to take home. They were so excited about the Bibles and I am so excited to know they now have access to Scripture at any time. This incredible week was all thanks to the wonderful Valley View Baptist Church from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I truly cannot thank y'all enough for all the energy, love, and truth you poured into God’s Whitvegas babies this week. You all really gave them your best, and you are so appreciated.
1 Corinthians 16:14 says, “Do everything in love” and I witnessed you do just that this week. Please come back & see us! We are so excited to see what Week 5 will hold at Whittier!
- Claire & Special K

Jackson
This week we had Arrowwood Baptist Church serving with us at Jackson, and it was a fun-filled week! At Bible story this week, kids heard the story of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume. The kids were able to tangibly participate in the story as they got their hands “anointed” with yummy smelling germ-x. The kids also learned about Jesus asking Peter to feed his sheep, and the kids enjoyed playing with their cotton ball sheep. In crafts, Bible club kids loved making sand art crosses, coloring their own frisbees, and salvation caterpillars. Songs was a constant dance party, and the games station could always be seen playing parachute games. On Friday, the team gave out goody bags to the kids, a wonderful way to show how God provides. 61 kids were able to receive a bag, and they were so thankful! It was a joy to see how much the kids were loved on this week! Continue praying for the kids at Jackson- God has been so faithful to pour out His love on these kids!
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
- Holly & Tedder 

Pope
FUMC Wamego brought an amazing time to Pope this week. The kids constantly came and tell us how they learned to have joy from the story of Paul in Jail, faithfulness from the story of Manna from Heaven, self-control from the story of Jonah and the Whale, and so on. FBC Wamego had their own coloring books for the kids at Bible Club that coordinated with the Bible story every day. The kids loved to color the pages and retell the Bible story to us! Everyone jammed out in songs to Church Clap and had freeze dances until they couldn’t possibly freeze dance anymore. In games, the kids got to play sharks and minnows, Mr. Bear, and so much more! Thank you, FUMC Wamego, for an amazing week with a high of 50 kids! We love and appreciate you guys.
-Tanisha & Carla

QueQue
I will never get over just how sweet it is when people come and love the kids that I love so much. People like FBC Amory make love seem so easy and natural. This week as we learned about the “superheroes” of the Bible, children came to understand that you don’t have to be someone rich, strong or royal to change the world. Changing the world starts with our own hearts, the way we choose to respond to situations around us, and the strides we take towards obedience to God. We made awesome superhero capes out of pillowcases and flew from station to station. I believe that seeds were watered and began to spout this week. FBC Amory’s intentionality showed this week. Not only did they do a great loving the kids, they did their best to minister to the kids’ families as well. Thank you, Amory, for your kindness, generosity, and love towards Bible club Que Que. The party won’t stop.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.
- Anna, Kaden & Ashley

Johnson
Johnson kids were loving Bible Club this week thanks to FBC Amory! The theme this week was superheroes, and the kids LOVED it! From making masks and capes at crafts to learning about how Jesus is our ultimate superhero at Bible story, FBC Armory kept the kids interested and learning during every rotation. The kids loved freeze dance at songs, kickball at games, and everything in between! Despite the heat, we hit a weekly high of 43 this week! Thank you, FBC Amory, for loving, serving and giving 100% to the Johnson kids this week! Keep us in your prayers throughout the rest of the summer.
- Nicky, Beef, & Marcus

Treadwell
Mighty thanks to New Pleasant for coming in and opening Treadwell Bible Club! We had a high of 34 kids on Friday that got to hear the gospel due to New Pleasant’s diligence to canvas well. The children loved every station from making megaphones to proudly proclaim the gospel with to playing kickball and duck, duck, goose. The Bible story station rocked my socks off as even the babies were all focused and having fun listening to the interactive lessons presented to them. I am very thankful for every person that came in and loved on the kids so well. Such great bonds were made that Calessia even "adopted" one of the team members as family. I can’t wait for you to come back next year New Pleasant! Everyone, please pray for Treadwell that our kids will grow rooted in Christ as our summer story is not over yet.
1 John 5:14-15 says, this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
- Rachael

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Week 3 - Stonebridge Church, Forestville Baptist Church, Fairlane Church, Crosspoint Community Church, Helena UMC, & Friendship Baptist

Rosamond
Hey! Oh! Stonebridge Church has soul! We are so thankful for the love and energy Stonebridge brought to Bible Club this week! The team came prepared to share the love of Christ with every single person God allowed them to meet. Bible Club was always so much fun, and more kids came out every day to participate! Despite the uncertain weather, Stonebridge pressed on and played hard. Games station was a blast, from sharks and minnows to kickball! Songs station was full of laughs and crazy dance moves, and crafts were always neatly related to that day’s Bible story. Stonebridge did an awesome job of encouraging participation in every station and giving attention to the kids as individuals and a whole. Some of the team members made friendship bracelets for the kids at club, and the kids were stoked to have something so sweet to remember their new friends by. Simply put, this week was awesome. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Stonebridge! We cannot wait to see what God has in store for the rest of the summer at Bible Club Rosamond!
Brianna, Nicole, & Kaden

National
Week 3 of Bible club is over, but all I can think about is how awesome our God is! Forestville Baptist Church joined us at National this week. The team came in with hearts on fire for Jesus's name to be known at Bible club. The kids really enjoyed playing freeze dance at songs and making tambourines and autograph books at crafts. One of my favorite parts about this week though was seeing each kid actively diving into God's word. At Bible story, Forestville split the kids up into small groups and then told the kids verses to find in the Bible. Every kid was excited to find their verses! The team did a great job of breaking down each Bible verse and story in a way each of the kids could understand. Forestville was eager to reach and love as many kids as possible. On Tuesday, a high of 58 kids heard the Gospel and were loved on! The Lord is so faithful, y'all. Thank you for a great week, Forestville! Continue to be in prayer for Bible Club National as we start week 4! 
- Morgan & Kenni

Whittier
There ain't no Bible Club like the Whit-Vegas Bible Club! Fairlane Church (with the help of Lauren Vernon and friends) proved that this week! The cool, breezy weather allowed the teams to minister well and love on lots of kids to their hearts’ extent. This week’s Bible stories focused on God's grace and King David. Friday, the kids made maracas that helped tell the story of David making music to praise God. Songs station deserves a special shout-out for their high energy. The kids loved competing as boys vs girls and getting to help lead the songs. Over at games, the kids ran their little hearts out playing Sharks and Minnows and Mr. Bear. With a high of 46 kids this week, every single child was shown the love of Jesus through Fairlane Church. This Whittier crew poured so much into the kids and community this week, and we can't wait to have them back next year!
- Claire, Special K, Rachel, Ashley, & Beef


Jackson
Jackson Park is where it's at! Crosspoint Community Church came to serve with us this week at Jackson, and it was a week filled with laughter and intentional love for all the kids at club. The kiddos played some hilarious games of chase the chicken at the games station, and in songs kids could be seen dancing to the Cotton Eyed Joe and other dance jams. On Wednesday, the kids made autograph books for all of their friends to sign. I could tell that the little notes that we wrote in their books showed them that we were friends and that we cared for them. The kids had so much fun running around to all their favorite team members to get their book signed! All week at Bible story the kids learned different parts of the story of David, and on Thursday they were able to hear the gospel explained to them. Several kids prayed the prayer of salvation, and we can’t wait to follow up with them! We praise God for the work that He is doing at Jackson! Please continue to pray that He would reveal more and more of Himself to our kids every day.
- Holly and Tedder

Guernsey
What an awesome third week it was for Guernsey Bible Club with Helena UMC in town! This was the team’s first trip to Street Reach, and I loved seeing the passion that they had for Memphis grow as the week went on! The team brought a speaker for their song station, and all the of the kids enjoyed dancing along as well as teaching team members new dance moves. Bible story brought costumes and instruments to keep all the kids engaged in the story. The older boys loved the instruments and even got to make up their own beats and songs that related to the Bible story. Our middle-aged kids enjoyed games the most, especially when they were able to have sack races. Our older girls sang along as they jumped rope in games, and they even turned it into a friendly competition with one another. In crafts the kids made autograph books and enjoyed getting their friends and team members signatures along with encouraging messages from people who love them. We are so thankful for the many blessing the Lord has given Guernsey Bible Club! A huge thank you to Helena UMC for making relationships with the kids and showing them Christ’s love so well. We appreciate you!
- Katie, Abbey, Anna

Pope
“We have hope, we have life in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Friendship Baptist Church had the key to the Kingdom for Pope Bible Club this week. No rain nor clouds could keep this team from loving on all the kiddos at Bible Club. We were so blessed to have a high of 50 kids come to club on Thursday. Games like Mr. Bear and Tips kept games station full of fun all week. The kids loved playing, shouting, and laughing with the team. Friendship walked the kids at Pope through the Bible, from creation to the cross. We are especially thankful that Friendship dedicated so much time to share the gospel with the kids. Every child left Bible Club with a Bible in hand as the week came to an end. As the summer continues, we believe we will see the seeds planted by Friendship turn into growing plants at Pope. Thank you for serving Pope well, Friendship Baptist!
- Carly and Tanisha

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Week 2 - FBC Fisherville, Munford Baptist, FBC Shamrock, FBC Monticello, South Community Church, Fall Creek Baptist Church, Northwest Baptist Church, & the Hannibal-LaGrange Volleyball Gals.

Rosamond
FBC Fisherville had soul at Rosamond this week! Our kids spent the week learning about the fruits of the spirit and the armor of God. Crafts tied in perfectly with Bible story all week, which was a great way for Fisherville to reinforce the important lessons they were teaching the kids. Songs station was always hype, especially when the team taught the kids a jump rope chant about walking streets of gold! It was awesome to see every age group of kids excited to try the jump roping chant and challenge! Additionally, games station was always hopping! The energy never died down during kickball tournaments! We were fortunate to see some new faces at Bible club every day this week, and we cannot wait to continue to minister to all of the kids at Rosamond throughout the summer! Thank you, FBC Fisherville, for spending week 2 with us! We are so thankful for your offerings of time and talents.
- Brianna & Nicole

National
What a great second week at National Bible club! Munford Baptist came to town this week with their hearts ready to love, and their hands and feet ready to serve. We have worked with this team for years now and it is so encouraging to see their lasting passion and love for our community. Munford made everything about Bible club a blast! Whether they were playing volleyball at games or making superhero masks at crafts, the kids enjoyed every single second of it. At the beginning of the week, the team found out that some of their favorite kids did not live in the area anymore. It was hard for them, but they knew God would faithfully send the kids that He wanted to be at Bible club. We sat back and watched the team fall in love with and build beautiful relationships with new kids. It was a special reminder that although things don't always go the way we expect, God is so faithful and always provides. And guess what? Some of the kids that moved actually showed up one day and got to hang out with the team! God is so cool, y'all. I have no doubt that every kid at Bible club felt loved and saw the love of Christ through the team this week. Thank you, Munford Baptist! 
- Morgan & Allie

Guernsey 
FBC Shamrock came to hang out on G-Street for week 2! This returning team came excited to reconnect with kids they remembered from last summer. There was a unique craft every day for the kids to enjoy. From making pillows to carving soap to making key chains, the kids loved all of the hands-on activities! The team taught our older girls the remixes to bible club songs along with different dance moves. The girls loved learning those and turning them into dance competitions. The older girls looked forward to songs each day, and even decided to teach the team some songs, such as “oreo." It was so sweet to look over throughout the day and watch the girls genuinely enjoying their time at songs. Bible story had a memory verse for the week, and some of the kids were able to memorize it by the end of the week! I was so proud of the kids as they came up to me throughout the week and excitedly told me what they had learned. It was a great week at Guernsey, and I am excited to see where the Lord takes us this summer. A huge thanks to FBC Shamrock! Please continue to pray for the kids at G-street in the weeks to come.
- Katie, Abbey, & Ashley

Jackson
FBC Fisherville came in for week 2 at Jackson, and we had so much fun! Bible story was a big hit as kids had the chance to act out marching around the walls of Jericho in addition to learning about the story of Naaman from puppets! Games station was always busy with sack races and elbow tag. So much fun! In crafts, the kids loved decorating paper horns that said “satan stinks,” and on Friday, all of the kids could be seen running around with their very own belt of truth! One day this week, as the older girls were eating their lunch in songs station, the girls were asked what they wanted to thank God for. Nataiyah shared that she thanked God that He had sent people here so that they could pick her up and bring her to Bible club. Overhearing this conversation, I was so touched to know what Bible club means to Nataiyah, and that she understood that it was God who had sent us here to love on the community around her. Keep praying that God would reveal more and more of Himself through Bible club as the summer continues. What a privilege it is that God allows us to be a part of His work!
- Holly & Tedder

QueQue
Q -U-E! Q-U-E! We couldn’t think of a better place to be! Week two was a sweet week. FBC Monticello and some volleyball gals from Hannibal-LaGrange University came out to rock our socks. From soap whittling to relay races, everything about our club was fun! The kids were loved on so well this week, and all that love transferred to how well the kids received the Bible stories. The kids learned a lot about choices this week, and we are so thankful that FBC Monticello and the volleyball gals made the choice to love the kids at Que Que! I believe that the Que Que kids learned a lot from the team this week and took their Bible story lessons to heart each day. This week was giggles galore! We are so thankful for Monticello and the Volleyball girls for all they did this week, and we are already ready for them to be back!
- Anna, Kaden, Marcus & Kenni

Whittier
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” - Colossians‬ ‭3:23-24‬
South Community Church did what this verse commands so well this week. Every kid that came to Whittier Bible club this week got to experience the love of Christ & have loads of fun. Every time I looked around, the kids were either so engaged in the Bible story, dancing in songs, playing hard and doing relay races, or proudly showing off their crafts. The kids kept coming back - plus bringing siblings and friends with them because of how fun Bible Club was & how loved they felt. Because South Community’s passion for our kids, we reached a high of 50 kids this week. I cannot put into words how well South Community loved this community and how hard they worked to serve God and others. We can’t thank you enough! We will miss y’all so much. Come and see us at Whitvegas again soon! Until then, prayers for changed hearts & lives in this community would be greatly appreciated. Week 2 was so so good to us!
- Claire & Special K


Pope
I just wanna throw up, I just wanna throw up, I just wanna throw up my hands to the Lord! This is one of the songs that the kids at Bible Club Pope loved singing this week alongside Fall Creek Baptist Church! The kids and staff had an amazing time with the Fall Creek team this week. At crafts, the kids got to make crosses, necklaces, bracelets, and even some backpacks. Over at games station, the team taught the kids some cool new games like rag tag. Several kids told us that songs was one of their favorite parts of the day. They just want to be sheep, bah bah bah bah, which they learned plenty about at Bible story. Fall Creek taught the kids how to be sheep with a Shepherd, and how to not be deceitful. The kids enjoyed games like rag tag, samurai sword, and Mr. Bear. We even had a high of 40 kids! Thanks for a great week, Fall Creek!
-Carla & Tanisha

Kendrick
Romans 8:31 tells us, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” We certainly saw the truth of this scripture at Kendrick this week. God showed up and showed out through the hands and feet of Northwest Baptist Church at Kendrick Bible Club! From drawing the story of the Lost Sheep on a whiteboard to learning about the Garden of Gethsemane, the kids were all ears at Bible story. Crafts was nothing short of fun, from making sweet sheep to decorating a fence to keep the sheep in. Songs had the kids jamming to a cool beat as the kids learned that nothing can be against them when God is for them. Games varied from Duck Duck Goose to a ball toss that always kept the kids on their toes. Fun was definitely had by all! Thank you so much Northwest Baptist Church for coming to serve and love with so much heart for the kids of Memphis!
- Beef

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Week 1 - St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Shady Grove Baptist Church, FBC Canton, Solid Rock Church, Loudon County Association, FBC Montgomery, & FBC Jenny Lind.

Rosamond
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church brought all their energy to Bible Club this week! The team came prepared with equal parts structure and fun. It was awesome to reconnect with some of our kids from previous years, and it was great to meet new kids for the first time! This week we had a high of 68 kids on Tuesday! All the kids really enjoyed learning a new chant during station rotations and painting rocks to brighten the garden at Brinkley Heights! St. Paul’s put a lot of enthusiasm into planning every station, from using instruments in songs to parachute games. The kids were constantly engaged in Bible story and were always excited to show off their crafts. On Friday, the kids made encouraging bookmarks to hand out to their friends and family who may not know about Jesus. What an awesome way for the kids to put the lessons they’re learning at Bible club into action! Thank you, St. Paul’s for helping us train up little missionaries in Memphis!
- Brianna & Nicole

National
Week 1 at National is in the books! Shady Grove Baptist joined us for the first week of Bible club. Lots of fun was had at crafts as the kids made flower pots and candy boxes. The kids also had lots of fun this week at playing soccer at games; and if you know National kids, you know they love soccer! The kids really enjoyed getting to know the team, and some cool relationships were made. This week, the team and I were sweetly reminded that God CHOSE us for this. God didn't have to utilize us in His mission. He could easily share the Gospel all by himself (because he's God and he's all-powerful). He could literally write love in the sky for everyone to see. Instead, God allows us to share in and be a part of His work. He chooses to use us to share His love with some little kids in Memphis. How awesome is that? Thank you, Shady Grove Baptist for a week to remember! I cannot wait to see what God does at National the rest of this summer. I know He will do big things!
- Morgan & Allie

Guernsey 
We kicked off the first week of Bible club on G-Street with FBC Canton! The team kept up amazing energy throughout the week, and they brought a high of 56 kids to Bible club on Friday! The team enjoyed teaching the kids to share with a fun craft on Thursday. They gave each of the kids a brown paper bag with candy in it to give to someone else when they returned home, as well as some for them to keep for themselves. Tatianna loved the craft and the meaning so much that she ended up giving her bag to one team member who she had been hanging out with all week. At Bible story, the team wore costumes in their demonstration of the kindness of the good Samaritan. Throughout the week, the team kept every single kid engaged at songs by bringing buckets to drum on and a speaker to dance to. The kids responded well to the tough questions the teams asked in Bible story and were able to build awesome relationships with the kids. We could not have asked for a better week to start us off! We look forward to hanging out at Guernsey this summer. 
- Katie & Abbey

Johnson
Week One at Johnson was rockin’! We had Solid Rock Church in from Columbus, Georgia. They were a great team to start off the summer! The team did a great job of stepping up to the challenge of getting the word out about Bible club starting and loving on the kids at Johnson. Every day we had more kids come out to hear about Jesus than the day before! Solid Rock Church got to have loads of important conversations, and they really got to know the kids. One of the sweetest moments was when one of the kids at club was coloring and he asked, “who is God?” The team members were able to share all about the God loves him and how He sent Jesus to die for us so that we may live. That was just one of the many cool opportunities God provided for us to be a part of planting seed this week!  I can’t wait to see what opportunities God will continue to lay before us this summer. I know God has big things planned for Johnson, so please keep praying for the kids and the teams coming to pick up where Solid Rock left off. 
- Marcus & Kenni

Jackson
This first week at Bible club Jackson was a blast! Loudon County Association came in ready to love and serve, and they knocked it out of the park! This week at Bible club, the kids were able to hear about special attributes of God, like how God is love and God is kind. On Friday the kids made two goody bags full of candy in crafts - one to keep and one to give away to show kindness to others. What a tangible way for the kids to apply the truths that they had been learning about! Many kids chose to give their bags out to the team members whom they had made friends with this week; it was an awesome display of kindness. The team did an awesome job canvassing for kids, and we were able to reach a weekly high of 60! It was so good to see familiar faces and some brand-new faces at Bible club this week. Jackson is off to a great start, and we can’t wait to see how the Lord works and moves in the lives of these kids this summer!
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Romans 10:13-15
- Holly and Tedder 

QueQue
The first week at Que Que was quite the partay; as if the party ever stopped!

Our kiddos were THRILLED to see some of their favorite bible clubbers back in town. FBC Montgomery came in with the perfect amount of energy, love, and excitement needed for week one. With a mix of epic dance parties to intense soccer games, the kids’ laughter echoed through the park. In Bible story this week one of the most intriguing topics talked about was God’s provision. The memory verse for that day was Philippians 4:19, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” I just had to go over and listen when I heard that God’s provision was the topic of Bible story. As the team asked the children questions about what it meant for God to provide I could tell that the kids were beginning to understand. For the rest of bible club that day we had the kids look for different ways that God provided. It’s always such a joy to see kids so engaged with Bible story. Altogether, it was a phenomenal week at Que Que. We are SO incredibly thankful to FBC Montgomery for coming out and loving the community so well!
- Anna

Whittier
Our first week of Bible club at Whit Vegas was nothing short of a party! The kids in the community were so ready and excited for us to start Bible club for the summer. Some of our highlights for the kids this week included making slime, creating crowns, and playing sharks & minnows. Even though it was the first week of the summer, we got up to 40 kids in one day at Bible club this week! Throughout the course of this week, FBC Jenny Lind shared the gospel and the love of Christ in every interaction and conversation with the kids. They got to hear about creation and how they can be children of the King. We are so thankful to FBC Jenny Lind for truly loving these kids & doing everything they could to share the love of Christ with as many kids a possible. Your willingness to come the first week of summer allowed us to see kids we may not see the rest of the summer and allowed us to start the summer off strong. We can’t thank you all enough for your love and dedication this week! We are so confident that your hard work and love have planted seeds. We cannot wait to see God grow them!
1 Corinthians 3:6 “I planted the seed, Apollo’s watered it, but God has been making it grow.”
- Claire & Special K

Pope
P-O-P-E, that is where we want to be! It was great to have FBC Canton in town hanging out with us this week. The kids showed up this week with a high of 57 kids on Tuesday! At songs station, kids were drumming loud enough to be heard all over site. During Bible story, everyone learned what kindness means and how to be kind. The kids “flew” around club with the kindness capes they made in crafts, which was super fun! The cross necklaces made at crafts were also a big hit, along with a cool game of toss and catch. They also learned some cool new games, like “Steal the Bacon,” which was awesome. It was a great time for the staff, too because we got to hang out with so many kids that have become so dear to us. Thank you so much FBC Canton for coming out and having a blast with us as Bible club Pope this week. We are excited to see what God does over the course of the summer. 
- Carla & Tanisha

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Week 9- The Mill Church

Rosamond 
In college, I learned that "Spiritual Formation" is "the process of allowing God to conform us to the Image of Christ". It is a process because it happens over the course of one's whole life. We must actively and willingly allow God to conform us, instead of sitting stagnant in our faith or struggling against God's directions. And throughout the process, the Image of Christ - his love, his compassion, his patience, etc. - becomes all the more evident in us. I have had the joy of seeing the fruits of a similar process occurring at Bible club Rosamond and in the lives of many of our kids.

Three apartment boys surprised me these past few weeks with how expressive and articulate their words can be. Having spent the first few weeks of the summer without so much as mumbling despite being 6, 8, and 10 - it is incredible to see such developmental growth in such sweet children. And little Kyleigh, who couldn't so much as sit in her group without crying to go home, now not only LOVES all things bible club, but helps other new children to find friends in her station. And even in more spiritual matters, children's lives are being changed. I have LOVED, this whole summer walking with a devotional work book with one of the older kids whom I've known since last year. And how could I forget the day (several days after) giving Joshua his new bible, him running up to club with it in hand - eagerly awaiting to read the next chapter in the book of Joshua!

And even across summers, watching Tri-Tri and Ni-Se grow taller and kinder (for the most part), or seeing the fruits of Amira's salvation two years ago and how she is becoming a kind hearted leader among her peers... it's all so sweet. And among the club as a whole, God has blessed it with lots of kids who do feel like club is a safe haven, and do enjoy each other's company, and do learn about Jesus! Our God does big things, things that take time. He has never changed my life in a day, but rather one day at a time. That is how God works here also, but none of it would have been possible if not for God's sending of workers - teams of churches and families. Every week, of every summer, of every year, and more.

Big thanks to all the teams I've gotten to work with this summer, and to the Mill Church for giving us a FANTASTIC Week 9 to end the summer with a bang. I'm talking 106 kids on Monday with an average of 94 each day! They were even kind enough to buy lunch for our kids all week in absence of our usual lunch program. But having ministered to nearly 200 different kids at Rosamond this summer, with 5 noted salvations and almost double that in returners receiving further discipleship - it's time for Street Reach Summer17 to close. Continue to pray for these children as life happens this school year. God is still here and He is still working, continue to pray for their Spiritual Formation and the advancement of His Kingdom near Rosamond Ave. In the Words of Jesus himself, "The time has come. The Kingdom of God is near." Mark 1:15


Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets to dwell. Isaiah 58:12

We are so thankful for each church, mission team, and missionary who came to serve in Memphis this summer! We had a total of 1,909 kids come out to the 12 Bible Club sites we were able to run, including a brand new site. What is even more amazing is that 30 of those kids accepted Christ this summer and 39 kids are beginning to ask questions about what it means to follow Jesus. Many of these children were discipled through the Discipleship Club this summer and are already taking what they have learned back out to their community.  

We truly could not have reached this community at this capacity if it was not for church groups coming to serve and for each of you who have been earnestly praying. Thank you for answering the call!