Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 3- Broadriver Baptist Association, FBC Fisherville, Grace Evangelical Free, FBC Springtown, Ridgedale Baptist Church, FBC Jenny Lind, Crosspoint Community Church, and Stonebridge UMC

Rosamond 
How is it going my blog reading brothers and sisters in Christ? We had the Broadriver Association back in town coming all the way from Gaffney, South Carolina, to bible club Rosamond this week. It was an incredible week filled with an abundance of laughter and smiles as Broadriver loved on the children. The kids got to have a lot of fun playing games like Connect 4 and parachute, along with learning the names of God in Bible Story every day. We could hear the youngest kids singing “Yahweh!” all week! Even though a tropical storm came rolling into Memphis, it did not slow down our ministry at Rosamond. We were able to use God’s gift of rain to make our water day even more wet! The bible club kids rotated through multiple water stations getting soaked by the end of club. The week concluded with the children taking home backpacks filled with food and clothes that brought pure joy to every face. And most importantly, Broadriver planted many more seeds in the hearts of our Rosamond children through the teaching of the gospel. I am so thankful for the generosity and love for the community brought by the Broadriver Association. 
Acts 13:47 says:
For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
I pray that salvation may be brought to Memphis. I pray that God continues to send people that are willing to share and follow this commandment. Thank you again to all of the folks from Broadriver for the wonderful week! We cannot wait to see y’all next year! #RosamondsGotSoul
-Joseph & Special K

National 
We just finished week 3 of bible club, and it sure was a week to remember! This week at National, we had a team from FBC Fisherville. This was my third summer serving along side this team and it was such a joy to see the relationships continue to grow. It was beautiful to see the kids run up to the team because they had remembered them from the year befofe. Last summer, one of the team members took a picture with a little girl named Camaya. She printed the picture and gave it to her before she left. As soon as Camaya saw the woman this week, she remembered her. The next day, she brought the picture of them to bible club and told the woman that she kept the picture all year to remember her. How awesome is that?! The kids had a lot of fun at songs this week as they danced to the cha cha slide and played ninja. On Monday they got a cut out of a flame and then put glitter on it to represent the burning bush. The kids not only loved this unique craft, but they were also able to tell me the bible story that went along with the craft. It was really awesome to hear the kids teach back to me what they learned! Thank you FBC Fisherville for being the hands and feet an National this week!
-Morgan and Katie P.

Guernsey 
Hey everybody! Week 3 at Guernsey was another awesome week, FBC Jenny Lind came ready to love on kids with the intention of sharing the gospel daily. Not only did they do this through bible stories but they also did this through cool crafts such as galaxy bottles that were used to exemplify the verse Psalm 19: 1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, the sky above proclaims his handiwork”. The kids loved these bottles because they got to mix up different ingredients like water, oil, food coloring, and glitter! The glitter was literally raining off the kids by the time they left craft station, and everybody left bible club that day a little more sparkly than when they arrived. This Monday we started with 48 kids and by Wednesday we had 61 kids! Due to the rain the end of the week saw fewer kids, but that did not stop FBC Jenny Lind from coming to club daily ready to love on the kids we had. Thank you FBC Jenny Lind for being willing to give a week of your summer to come love on kids here in Memphis. We look forward to seeing you next year! 
Peace and blessings,
Brooke & Hunter!

Johnson 
Week three at bible club Johnson was like a freight train, it just couldn’t be stopped. Even with tropical storms rolling in we had 30 kids come out to hear about Christ. Stonebridge UMC was up in here loving on these Johnson kids. They quickly learned just how much love these kids needed and stepped up to fill that gap. Allowing Christ to lead the way as they ran around with the crazy little ones who liked to run. Or helped calm the quick to get mad older boys. Or even just be the guinea pig for the latest hair styles with the older girls. The team took full advantage of the rain to spend the extra time really pouring into some of our older kids like Christian. We can’t wait to see the continued impact as teams keep coming to Johnson to be the physical hands and feet, backs and laps of Christ this summer.
-Marcus

Que Que
When you work hard, you get to party hard, which is exactly what FBC Springtown did this week. Every day they fought to have the loudest chant around as we headed to club. The first day we had a strong showing of 56 kids, and only grew from there to a whopping 82 kids! The kids had the best time as they were able to play with a parachute at games, make some awesome burning bushes, and outdo each other in the song station. FBC Springtown worked to make sure all the kids understood the amazing gift that God has given us. Three of our kids accepted Christ into their heart, as they heard the Bible stories taught to them throughout the week, with the salvation message on Thursday. We had the opportunity to talk to the boys, (including everyone's favorite, Antwon) about what this decision means, and all of them all kept going back to the same understanding, that God is now their heavenly Father who will never leave or forsake them, making this Father's Day week a little something extra for them. We are so thankful to FBC Springtown for taking this week out of their summers to serve the children of Que Que and we cannot wait to see you next year! 
" Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and the needy; save them from the power of the wicked. They do not know or understand they wander in darkness" Psalms 82:2-5a 
-Katie W.

Whittier
Week 3 was definitely one to remember at Whitvegas! A big thank you goes out to Ridgedale Baptist for giving up a week of summer to come play a part in serving this community God is fighting for. This week wouldn't have been possible without y'all! The kids specifically really enjoyed the colorful bookmarks they got to make at crafts, along with a salvation they also received during the week. One of the biggest blessings this week at Whittier was God bringing out our summer high of 56 kids on Wednesday!!! It was amazing to be able to love on so many babies in all in one morning! Also, we really appreciate y'all for being flexible with the weather this week. Thank you again, Ridgedale Baptist, for planting & watering seeds in this community this week. I am so very excited to see how God grows those seeds over the rest of the summer!
“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.”
1 Corinthians 3:7-8
-Claire & Audra

Jackson 
What a joy it was to serve the kids at Jackson alongside the team from Broad River Baptist Association this week! This team came in with passionate hearts for the kids at Jackson park, and their kindness and love was evident throughout the week. This week kids at Jackson heard about the different names for God. Jehovah Jireh means God provides, and kids learned how God provided manna for the Israelites when they needed food as they were wandering in the desert. The team recognized how they got to be a part of God providing for our Bible club kids as they passed out lunches and gave the kids snacks to take home everyday. We experienced some rain this week at club, but the team did not let the rain get them down, rather they saw the rain as a symbol of how God would water the seeds they had planted. Friday the team gave out backpacks full of goodies to the Bible club kids, and true joy shined across the faces of kids as they received their gifts. The team spent time praying over Bible club and each individual walking route, thanking God for the kids they got to minster to this week and praying that the kids would come to know just how much God loves them. My heart was truly touched to see the love of God shine through this team.
-Holly

Treadwell
Where there is smoke there is fire and Treadwell Bible club was blazing this week. From the tempurature, to the glitter fire craft, to the burning bush Bible story, club was hot! FBC Fisherville drove up ready to impact lives with the gospel and it filled me with thankfulness to witness it. Bible story was interactive as children held plates with key words to be raised every time that word was said; when the youngest group failed at this they brought puppets to help them tell the story. Songs station taught them some of the mighty names of God with a song, and they even pulled up a background beat on their phone as they let the kids turn it into a rap. When it was almost time to line up Aleiah and Machaya from the older girls group pleaded  that I let them rap it one last time befor switching stations. On Thursday it was raining at the start of club and Anthony one of our older boys sat down waiting for the other groups to get back by reading God's word. Even after the rain stopped and other children arrived he kept reading all through free play! We had eight children walk to Treadwell themselves in the rain because they were not sure someone would knock on their door for club and they wanted to have Bible club rain or shine, missionaries or no missionaries! I heard many deeply spiritual conversations taking place this week, and I cannot wait until we can go back and follow up with these kids. Jehovah Jireh God will provide, I am looking forward to seeing who God provides next to reach His children at Treadwell. Please pray for the next group to come in as well as the children in the community, that seeds will continue to be planted and when ready harvested for the glory of God! 
-Rachael

Kendrick
As we turn the page for week 4 it's time to look at week 3. FBC Fisherville came to partay out at Kendrick. With a high of 34 kids as new kids came each and everyday, it was a grand time out at Bible Club Kendrick. The week was all about God's faithfulness as God led Moses through the Red Sea and how much Jesus loves us. From burning bushes to bookmarks, crafts was off the chain. The team did excellent flexing with stations when sunshine turned to rain in a minute. Relays were the name of the game as kids could not wait to make it to games. Big Big House was heard all over club as kids could not wait to get get to songs once again. Each child was loved intentionally and cannot wait for bible club already. There wasn't a child left out when it came to piggyback rides. 
-Beef

Pope
Week three is in the books, and Grace E-Free rocked Pope. Kids were ecstatic each day as they came to bible club. We had a high of 47 on Tuesday! The team did not stop even after several kids  accepted Jesus as their Savior this week! They learned the story of Moses as he crossed the Red Sea and had the best craft accompanying the story that kids couldn't wait to make. From colorful crosses to coloring sheets and ocean scenes, crafts was the place to be. At games the place was hopping while Mr. Bear, water games, and relays were the games to play and the kids loved it. Song station included some of the kids favorite song My God is so Big from last week, it was heard all over club the club site. Thank you Grace E-Free for sacrificing a week to come and share Christ and His love with the kids at Pope! We hope to serve with you all again next summer!! 
-Carly

Baltic
*ring ring*
"hello?"
"Yes, is Bible Club Baltic Running?"
"Why yes, sir."
 "Well, then YOU BETTER GO CATCH IT!"

All jokes aside, this week at Baltic was off the metaphorical chain. The highest point of the week was - without a doubt - watching several children give their life to Christ on Wednesday! But from "hitting the folks" in songs to making backpacks and bookmarks in crafts, to chasing chickens in games: the entire week was a blast of fun. Huge thanks to Crosspoint Community Church for their willingness to #AnswerGodsCall to come serve in Memphis. Without them, none of this might have happened. I loved watching this team interact with the children, offering so much care and paying so much attention. Even adults in the community were ministered to. One mother began joining us at bible club with her children. She had grown up in bible clubs herself and was more than excited to hear that we were close enough for her to bring her kids to. Who would have thought God would do so much at such a small street corner in Memphis? Keep praying for Bible Club Baltic, that God will continue to do great things and send his servants. "Where I am, there will my servant be." (John 12:26)
-Kaden @ Baltic

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Week 2- South Community Church, Fall Creek Baptist Church, Calvary College, Yadkin Baptist Church, Union Grove Baptist Church, FBC Shamrock, Clearbranch UMC, Forestville Baptist Church, HLGU, and FPC Kingwood

Rosamond
Hey all my blog reading brothers and sisters in Christ! Union Grove Baptist Church had plenty of soul for our kids over at Rosamond this week! They traveled all the way from Opelika, Alabama excited and ready to love on the Memphis community this week. And believe me, they did! Our kids had so much fun getting to learn about perseverance through the story of Joseph and making awesome crafts such as Noah's Ark. The older girls especially loved playing jump rope every day over in Games every day. Beyond that, our kids were so happy to be able to experience the passion for Jesus that Union Grove carried everywhere they went. The rainy weather did not slow down Union Grove either; they were consistently flexible and ready to do whatever it takes to share the gospel. 
Romans 10: 13-15 says: 
“for ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those that bring the good news!’”
My prayer is that God will send out people to share the gospel. Bring to Memphis people with beautiful feet! Thank you so much again to Union Grove for answering that call. And to Union Grove, “War Eagle!” #RosamondsGotSoul
-Joseph and Special K

National
Wow, I can't believe week 2 is already over! This week we had Clearbranch UMC in town with hands ready to serve and hearts ready to be changed. This week was filled with lots of fun as the kids played super fun games and did some really awesome crafts! The best day by far was Wednesday when the team brought face paint to paint the kids faces. The kids had a blast having butterflies, stars, and crosses painted on their faces. Day by day, the team gave each kid a paper with a memory verse on it and challenged the kids to remember for the next day. I was amazed as the kids came back everyday and almost all of them could recite the verse back to us word by word! My heart was filled with absolute joy when one kid even told me that he was hanging his memory verse up on his living room wall every single day. What a beautiful picture of the fact that these kids are being made into disciples who are bringing the gospel into their houses and sharing it with their families! I wholeheartedly believe that not only will God change kids hearts this summer, but that he will also use those same kids to shine His light to their families. The love this team had for the kids was very evident through the relationships they made with the kids. Thank you Clearbranch for your willingness to serve the National kids this week! 
-Morgan & Katie 

Guernsey 
This week FBC Shamrock rocked it out at Guernsey! This was Shamrock’s first trip to Street Reach; the team served liked professionals. The week started off to a great start for the team as they learned the streets and started to minister to our community.  On Monday we started with 40 and by Friday we rose to 52! Each of the groups stations were awesome, and had so much energy, the kids were always busy. From dancing and singing, to playing tips on the daily basis over at games, the kids had a blast! The team had a small story from this past week, that was more on the funny side: a little boy was running away from his station towards games, and his pants that were too big, fell down to his ankles as he was running. He then quickly shouted out,” My pants, my pants!” Thankfully a team member quickly helped him, but they enjoyed the laugh for just a moment. Thank you FBC Shamrock for fulfilling the call to come to Memphis, and serve our precious community. Thank you all for being awesome and rocking your first week at bible club! Safe travels back to Texas; we hope you all enjoyed your week with us. We’ll see you next year! 
-Hunter & Brooke 

Johnson 
Week 2 at Johnson Bible Club was an awesome week where you could see God moving all over. The College group from Calvary Church was in town and they came in strong. Even with strong rain chances all week the team had faith God would provide a way for them to minister to these kids. They pumped the kids up with some awesome dance moves and lots of singing. The oldest boys group was the most excited about songs out of all the groups, trying to teach the leaders how to really dance. Tons of kids showed me their cool crafts and told me all about what it was and how it reminded them of the bible stories. Keep praying that they show those crafts to their families and tell them about what God has done for us as well. A team member told me about how a simple question about a church building led to getting to explain how Christ can live in us. She got to pray with him and told me about how he lit up when she told him he could have Christ live in him too.  We had a great high of 72 kids this week and I can’t wait to see what God continues to do in this community the rest of the summer. Please keep our kids and streets in your prayers, as well as the missionaries coming to pour Christ Love out.
-Marcus

Que Que 
Hello you QueQue partay animals! This week we were thrilled to have in Clearbranch UMC in the house and at our partay. This week was filled with giggles, bear hugs, and lots of Jesus. Everyday this week was an adventure. Our kiddos learned about David and Goliath one day this week and were surprised with marshmallow poppers! (Shout out to Miss Rachel at crafts)  We ate more than we shot but learned that with God on our side nothing can stand against us. We had some kids you might remember from summer 2015 who just moved back into the Goodwill Village. Gemerian and Gemerious! We were so excited to have some of our favorite mischievous little brothers back (Who are not so little anymore may I add) along with another family of drop offs that are also back for the summer. Remember Noris, Zaniyah, and Zamarion? Missing teeth and a foot taller this family is back too and couldn't be happier to be back at bible club. This week we are SO grateful for the willing hands God sent us from Clearbranch. Your servant hearts encouraged us this week. The Que Que kids will miss you. Stay tuned partay animals! 
Your hostess' with the mostest, 
Anna & Katie

Whittier
The Whitvegas party got started up for summer 2017 this week & it was absolutely incredible!! It was amazing to see so many faces from last year while also meeting new ones. Having South Community Church from Oklahoma & some of the HLGU women's volleyball team from Hannibal, Missouri in town was truly a perfect start to Whittier's summer. Though the very first day of club started with 18 kids, we ended up at a high of 48 for the week. No matter the daily number, the kids that were at Bible club had a blast. From the animation at Bible story, to the jewelry making at crafts, to the energy at games and the dancing at songs, the kids were truly getting shown the love of Christ through how well y'all loved them & provided for their physical, emotional & spiritual needs. Thank you so much for loving our kids and this community as a whole with such a Christ-like, intentional and real love. I really cannot thank y'all enough!!! We'll miss y'all so much. For anyone reading, please be praying for continual safety, an irreplaceable impact to be made for Christ, and that God would receive all the glory for what is done here in His beautiful city of Memphis. 
“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”
Colossians 4:3
-Claire & Audra

Jackson
 Forestville Baptist Church came in excited to meet the kids at Jackson park, and it was a wonderful sight to see them recognize the needs of the kids and pour out lots of love on them. Week 2 at Jackson was filled with silly songs, glitter glue, and duck, duck, goose- the kids loved it! The team from Forestville was great at canvasing and finding new kids to share Jesus' love with, and they were even able to find some Bible club kids I hadn't seen since last summer. Walking around club I was able to hear many deep conversations being had during the Bible story station; what a joy it was to see my older boys learn how scripture was living and active and to listen as they understood that the Bible was a letter to us from God! After hearing about Esther on Friday, the kids could be seen all over club proudly wearing decorated crowns and carrying scepters they had made in crafts like little kings and queens. The kids are learning more and more about God, and I pray that their eyes are opened to just how much He loves and cares for them!
-Holly

Treadwell
First in last out, number one without a doubt! That’s right Treadwell bible club is back and running again. FPC Kingwood was in the house and did a great job of letting the community know that we are here. They knew how important it is to have kids to share the gospel with, which was reflected in their canvasing. It was a great opening week with three children attending club that had never been before. We even jumped from 17 kids one day to our high of the week 38 the next! The harvest is there for those who heed the call; Josue one of our older boys is very close to accepting Christ. He can say what it means to live for God and he listens well to the Bible lessons he just hasn’t made the personal choice to be a Christian yet. Little Jarickes when first questioned says he doesn’t know what happened in Bible story but with further questioning can tell you the whole story himself. God loves these kids so much that he has sent us all here to proclaim the gospel and share His love. I cannot wait to see how God continues to use those who are obedient to Him and ready to serve! Please pray that the teams that come in will hold nothing back and leave with no regrets. To God be the glory! 
-Rachael 

Kendrick
What a week we had at Kendrick Bible Club brought to you by Yadkin Baptist Church. It was such a joy watching each and every kid coming to bible club smiling from ear to ear. The kids had a grand time learning about the big whale that swallowed Jonah, and how mighty God is that His plans cannot be thwarted. They  couldn't wait to get to bible story each day. In games station they played very well planned out water games with sponges which the kids loved and made minimal messes. Big Big House was heard all over club and the kids wanted to sing it at every station. We had a high of 32 kids this week as every kid had a great time. When Friday came they wanted to make sure there would be bible club on Monday. Thank you Yadkin and I hope to see you again next year as it is a guaranteed good time every time we hang out with the kids of Kendrick. 
From yours truly,
Beef  

Pope 
The kids had a blast at Bible Club this past week with Fall Creek Baptist Church at Pope. Songs was blasted out of a speaker and even the older kids were showing out and having fun. Give me a J-E-S-U-S was part of a song this week and the kids even sang it during free play and loved it. Some of the kids would be singing along as they were making their crafts.  Codarius came up to me at the end of club on Wednesday saying that he did not want Bible Club with this team to end because he was having so much fun. On Friday we had a high of 32 kids come out and hear about Jesus. Games station was engaging as well as the kids had a blast with the marshmallow toss on Friday. Due to the teams' structure, planning, and energy there were smiles everywhere; all the kids had fun. The kids are pumped and ready for next week, I am excited to see what it brings.
-Carla  

Baltic
Happy Birthday!!! That's right all you Street Reachers and company, this week was the birth of a brand new bible club site in a new area: BIBLE CLUB BALTIC! Thanks to the Lord's goodness and an amazing team from FPC Kingswood, our very first day of club had 30 kids attend, and we maxed out the week with 46. It was personally joyous for me to find several families of children I haven't seen in a few years; however, getting to see all the new faces and meet new families was fulfilling in its own right. The love the mission team shared was so evident, the whole neighborhood seemed to teem with gratitude. Literally every day a different member of the community stopped to thank us for the good we were doing, some in tears. One mom even hung out with us all day - and danced the Cha Cha Slide with her 4 year old. I am looking forward to see what God will do with this little lot, so please be praying that God will send in the troops. I'll see you all next week. #BallinAtBaltic 
-Kaden @ Baltic


Thank you, South Community Church, Fall Creek Baptist Church, Calvary College, Yadkin, Union Grove Baptist Church, FBC Shamrock, Clearbranch UMC, Forestville Baptist Church, HLGU, and FPC Kingwood for answering the call! Because of your willingness to come and serve in this community we were able to run 11 Bible Clubs this week and even open a brand new Club site! We hope to serve with you all again next year! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 1- Loudon County Baptist Association, Boanerges Baptist Church, Munford Baptist Church, St. Paul UMC, and Fellowship of Montgomery

Rosamond
HAPPY WEEK ONE OF STREET REACH 2017, EVERYBODY!!!!!  I don't know about you, but to me it felt like it took forever to get here, but it's finally arrived. Big thanks to St. Paul's UMC for helping us kick off the summer right... well I say summer but the weather felt more like spring - cool days with little wind and no humidity. Anyway, their hard work and willingness to love the children was evidenced through both our attendance and complete lack of disciplinary issues. Because with a high of 61 on Thursday, children can tend to act out in attempt to grab attention. But no child felt that need thanks to care and quality time spent with each member of our mission team. It truly warms my heart to see how teams just like this have worked together for God's kingdom over the years to help these children grow in love. Please pray for the rest of the summer, that more teams will share this work ethic and love ethic. Pray for missionaries with passion, cause the harvest is plentiful. Or, as our president might say, "It's gonna be huge!” #RosamondsGotSoul 
-Kaden @ Rosamond

National
We kicked off the first week of bible club National with Munford Baptist in town. Katie and I got to work with this team last summer, so we were super excited to serve along side of them again. Crafts was a huge hit with the kids this week. They absolutely loved everything they did whether they were coloring or painting crosses. The thing that the kids loved the most though was the craft they did Friday. The team had a canvas with a tree on it and had each kid put their fingerprint on the tree and sign their name under their fingerprint. The team brought the canvas back to their church so that they could look at it and remember all of the kids and the memories made. This team was on fire for the Lord and prayed that the Lord would bring them as many kids as possible. God, being the Good Father that He is, answered their prayers and sent us 78 kids on Friday! How awesome is our God?! I sat back and watched this team pour out so much love to every single kid every single day. The coolest thing is that this church lives really close, so they are going to get to continue to minister to the kids throughout the year! Thank you Munford Baptist for coming to love on the National babies this week! What a beautiful first week it was. Can't wait for the rest of the summer! 
-Morgan


Guernsey 
For week one at good ole G-street, we had the pleasure of having multiple staff out to help get the club up and running! We started the week off with 26 kids and rose to a high point of 69 kids for the week. Our staff rocked the streets this week gathering kids and praying for the community. We had the pleasure of seeing many kids from summers past; all full of energy and love! The staff pushed through to the end of each day with full energy and faith. Some of our new staff had the opportunity to meet lot of Bible club kids that we all love and talk about so much this week. We had an amazing club this week, and it was such a great start to the summer! To God be the glory for sending us such a passionate and devoted staff out to Guernsey this week. A big thank you to the staff for doing such a great job this week and helping Brooke and I get Guernsey running in full swing!  Thank you to all of our teams that fulfilled the call to come to Memphis, and to serve our community for the first week of summer 2017! Safe travels home, and we will see everyone next summer! Here’s to {Macon} many {MEM’s} this summer.
-Hunter & Brooke 


Johnson
Good day my blog reading brothers and sisters in Christ! We had an absolutely incredible first week out at Bible Club Johnson. Boanerges Baptist Church brought the energy out to our site in Binghampton. The kids had so much fun from playing musical hula hoops at songs to making wells and lights at crafts. They also got to learn so much about the towns Jesus encountered and His ministry at each one. The week ended with each child receiving a goodie bag full of a bunch snacks and toys that brought a smile on every face from ear to ear. Even though the weather was mild, Bible Club Johnson was hot! Children just kept pouring in, with our site reaching an awesome 93 kids on Friday. The “Cru Call” must have kept them coming! Beyond anything, Boanerges did so well showing God’s love and grace to our Johnson children. Please keep the community families and the future teams at Johnson in your prayers as we jump into this summer. All of Street Reach is so excited to see how God works at Johnson this summer; God is doing Big things in Binghampton!
-Joseph, Marcus, & McKennna



Que Que 
Club Que Que had its first big par-tay this week with Fellowship of Montgomery in the house. We had a high of 93 kids throughout the week, all of which the team prayed and fought to get. With all the kids out of school and no community centers open yet, the team had the ability to minister to children who may not come to club the rest of the year.  Bible club was non-stop fun as the kids were able to play kickball, have daily dance parties, and make crafts to help share the Bible stories within their own homes. Throughout the week the kids learned about the life of Jesus and began to have the ability to retell the stories themselves. Fellowship of Montgomery took it one step further gifting each child that came to club with a Jesus Storybook Bible all of their own. There is no other way we would want to open Club Que Que. Thank you to Fellowship of Montgomery for giving us this week of your summer to love on the children of Club Que Que and we hope to see you next year. We ask that you continue to pray for these children as we are able to minister them throughout the summer. 
-Katie W. and Anna Katherine 


Jackson 
What a great first week we had at Jackson! Loudon County Association came into town ready to love on some kiddos, and they loved them well. From running under the giant parachute at the games station to singing louder than ever before at the songs station, the kids at Jackson park had a blast! In crafts the kids were shaking things up with homemade tambourines and they proudly wore their many bracelets they got to make. The kids spent this week learning about how Jesus first came to Earth as a baby and how later He became a young boy who was found teaching in the synagogue. We know the kids were paying close attention because by the last day, sassy little Danielle was grabbing ahold of the Bible story poster and re-telling the stories herself! On Friday we were able to pass out bags the team brought full of goodies for the kids, and the kids were so grateful. This week we enjoyed a high of 51 kids, and it was wonderful to be able to see both old and new faces. We can't wait to see the ways that God continues to do great things at Jackson park this summer! 
-Holly and Carlie

"Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers out into His harvest" Matthew 9:37-38

What an amazing way to kick off the summer! This week we had over 400 kids at Bible Clubs on Friday! We are so thankful for Loudon County Baptist Association, Boanerges Baptist, Munford Baptist Church, St. Paul's UMC, and Fellowship of Montgomery for answering the call this past week! We truly could not minister at this capacity if it was not for the missionaries who sacrifice a week of their summer to come and share Christ and His love all across this community! Please pray that God will continue to draw children out to Bible Clubs like only He can. Pray earnestly that the Lord will send missionaries into His harvest. We are excited to see what the Lord is going to do in these Bible Club sites and in this neighborhood this summer! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Week 9- The Mill Church, FBC Midlothian & The Squires Family

Rosamond
45 times on 45 days we went out: into the sun, into the heat. It was rainy on occasion, but most often hot. The miles walked canvasing, the back aches gained giving children rides, the sunburn and exhaustion; it was all worth it for the chance to advance God's Kingdom. A big thank you to the Mill Church and to the Squires family from St. Louis who joined us this week. Thank you for helping us finish our race strong. With the finish line in sight, they did not grow tired but pushed strong and loved well. We could not have asked for a better week 9 to finish off summer 2016. It was a splash! To everyone who was praying for the kids, we thank you. To everyone who supported the missionaries who came into Memphis to love on this community, we thank you. And to each and every person who answered the call this summer, to serve as the Lord's hands and feet, bringing light into darkness and hope to the hopeless, we thank you so much! Keep praying for this community and these kids throughout the school year - that God would continue to guard hearts and prepare souls for entrance into the kingdom. See you next year!
-Kaden & Brianna

Guernsey
Hey everyone! What’s hanging! This week Guernsey was on fire welcoming FBC Midlothian in the house. The team came in excited and on fire for God. They were on top of everything and always willing to be flexible. The team welcomed and loved on every kid with excitement and compassion as they entered bible club. This week’s numbers stayed constant in the mid to upper 40s, along with a high of 55 on Friday! For the week the team played many games of tips and kickball, sang song silly songs, and some very animated bible stories. Oh, and how can I forget, the kids colored and loved the pillowcases that we decorated all week! We were very thankful to have FBC Midlothian come and be the hands and feet of Jesus this week in Memphis! A huge shout out to the team for coming for the last week so that we may love on the kids one more time! It was a great week to close the summer out; while its always hard to say goodbye, we take it as a see you later. To all of the teams that came and served at Guernsey this summer thank you from the bottom of our hearts! God bless everyone as your summer comes to a close. Until next summer everyone, remember, “We’re hanging out on G-street!”
-Armskrong, LB & Joey 

National
I can't believe that I'm sitting here writing the very last blog of the summer. It's crazy to think that we've already had 9 weeks of bible club. I can't even begin to explain how truly thankful I am to have been able to be apart the work that God has done in this city. As I sit back and think of all of the things that He has done this summer, I can't even wrap my mind around it. All I can say is that He is a good good father. He truly is. I am extremely thankful that National was running for the last week. Most of the bible club sites ended last week, so I was so grateful to get to spend another week with my kids. On this last week of bible club, we had FBC Midlothian in the house to love on the kids one last time. A lot of people on this team has served at National for many years now. It was so awesome to see the relationships that the team already had with a lot of the kids. Some of the kids remembered who the team members were and they were so excited to see them. The kids had a ton of fun this week at crafts as they mad pillow cases. It was such a special time for me and the team members to sit down and talk to the kids while they were coloring their pillow cases. Bible story was also really cool this week. The leader of bible story dressed up Moses and the kids thought it was so funny. One of my favorite things about working here is being able to sit back and watch the team members authentically love the kids and vise versa. That's exactly what I saw this week. The team completely got what they were here for, which was to be the hands and feet of Christ. Thank you so much FBC Midlothian for all of the love you poured out this week. It means so much more than you will ever know. Thank you to every team that gave up their time to serve this community. Goodbyes are never easy. They're really hard. However, I am leaving with the complete peace and comfort of knowing that God has plans for each of these children. And that is the best hope and truth that I could ever know. All glory to God for all of the work that he has done this summer. How awesome it it that we get to be a small part of it? Well, I am saying peace out for the summer. National, it's been real, and I already can't wait to see you again soon. 
-Morgan

What an amazing week & group of missionaries to finish out the summer with! A huge thank you to The Mill Church, FBC Midlothian & The Squires Family for your willingness to come in and answer the call and give the kids one last awesome week of Bible Clubs! You all came in and finished out the summer strong and we could not be any more thankful for the sacrifices you made to come in and love the community well. 



This summer 1,736 kids came out to bible clubs all across North Memphis! 
We have seen the Lord working and know that seeds have been planted, watered, and harvested throughout this summer by the hundreds of missionaries who have come from all across the United States.  What is even more amazing is the faithfulness of the Lord to bring 61 of these children into a relationship with Himself and this isn't even the end of it! These kids are going back into their homes, families, and schools and sharing the life changing Gospel that has been told to them. His good news is invading dark places! Please continue to pray for these children as these dark places still exist. Pray that the Lord would give them boldness to shine His light. That they would remember what they have been taught and that they would not be content with just that but that they would grow in their relationship with The Father. That they would understand His love for them and be compelled to share it with others. Thank you to all who have made this summer possible by coming to Memphis, giving, and praying.  We truly could not have ministered at the capacity at which we did if it were not for the sacrifices that were made by you all to answer the call. 


"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Week 8- FBC Greenwood, Barfield Baptist, New Shores Baptist, Eden Church, Calvary Church West Campus, Western Springs Baptist Church, and No Fences Cowboy Church

Rosamond 
What a week 8 at bible club Rosamond. From a hot Monday to a wet Friday, with the city cutting branches overtop of us, we managed to not get distracted but keep our eyes on the prize - namely the spreading of both love and gospel to the children. Thank you to the group from No Fences Cowboy Church, all the way from Alabama. Together, children learned such great stories as Noah, David and Goliath, and Jesus' death and resurrection. Lots of kids could even recite memory verses! I'd say it was a good week. Keep praying as we approach our final week. We have 5 more days to lead kids to waters of life, pray that they will drink.
-Kaden @ Rosamond

Guernsey
First Baptist Church Greenwood brought so much love for our kids over at G-Street! These students and leaders brought a passion to share the gospel with kids. They were excited to see their familiar friends from last year and make new relationships this week. Their excitement helped us have many kids come out to Bible Club this week! We reached a high of 58 kids, with the other days having numbers consistently in the 45-55 range. Although we had a very wet week, FBC Greenwood was not affected and continued to let their love “pour” out. At Bible Story, the kids learned all about the life and ministry of Jesus. We also watched the kids transform into eagles and hawks playing “Birds Fly” at the games station! The songs station brought out guitars to put an interesting spin on our Bible Club songs. Thank you FBC Greenwood for bringing out a passionate group this week at Guernsey. Please pray for the Guernsey kids and missionaries as we conclude the summer next and as they transition back into the school year.
-Joey, LB, and Hunter

National 
This week at National we had Greenwood FBC in town. The kids had a lot of fun this week as they made some really cool crafts. They made slap bracelets, salvation bracelets, necklaces, and some other fun crafts that the kids really enjoyed. The kids had battles everyday singing "We love Jesus yes we do, we love Jesus how about you". I loved hearing the kids scream these words across the park everyday and hearing how much they do love Jesus. The team fell in love with the kids and the kids absolutely loved the team. It's so awesome to think that so many people come from so far away to love on these kids that they don't even know. That's what the gospel is all about, and I'm so thankful to be apart of it. We couldn't do anything that we do without the teams that sacrifice their time to come in and invest in these children's lives. At the end of the week, the team wrote letters for the kids so that the kids would be reminded how much they love them, and most importantly how much Jesus loves them. Thank you Greenwood FBC for coming and serving at National this week! Please pray for the kids and the teams that are coming in as we go into our last week. I can't wait to see what God has in store. 
-Morgan & Katie P.

Johnson
Hey y'all! What a summer it has been at Johnson! New Shores Baptist Church was in this house this week ready to serve! Everyone was very excited to back and reconnect with some old faces. The team was ready to go out and serve on Monday morning! The kids this week had loads of fun at Bible Club! Energy was fabulous all week and it reflected during Bible Club. Great energy led to our high of the summer of 69 kids!! God blessed the team and Fish and I bringing out those 69 kids on the last day of Bible Club. New Shores ended Johnson with a bang this summer and I couldn't be any happier. Thank you so much New Shores for answering the call to serve the kids of Johnson Bible Club. I was very blessed to get to work with yall the last week at Johnson. The kids love each and everyone of you very much! I hope yall made memories that will last a lifetime. Many tears were shed on the last day but God has given all of us peace because we will see them again one day in Heaven. God has blessed Johnson Bible Club and I pray that those blessing will keep pouring out. Thank you so much New Shores for serving. None of this would be possible without you guys! God bless New Shores and Johnson Bible Club.  “We are, we are, JOHNSON”
-Bobbby

Jackson
This past week has been a hard week, I won’t lie. From finding out that it was our last week with the Jackson kids & having to say goodbye on Wednesday, the emotions ran very high. Holly and I got to spend our last few days with Eden Church, and they made quite the impression on the kiddos. From making water wells to dressing up for bible story, the kids seemed to enjoy Eden! One of my favorite but saddest moments was on Wednesday during dismissal. I had just called the Orange walking route and I look over and see Kameron walking away. I ran and caught up to him as he was walking with his head down. I asked him what was up, but he wouldn’t answer. In that moment I realized that as much as Holly and I will miss the kids, the kids will miss us just as much. I pulled Kameron into a hug and let him know that we loved him and that we loved having him this summer.  I want to thank Eden for serving this week and giving not only Holly and I say good bye to the kids, but for also letting the kids say goodbye to us. This summer has been incredible. We started with Loudon County Association and were able to end the summer with Eden, and in that span, we were able to minister to the kids 38 different days. What an incredible ride it has been.   
-Tedder

Whittier
God was moving at Whitvegas this past week for our last week of Bible club - on Friday, our very last day, we hit a summer high of 66 kids that got to come out & witness the love of Christ!! We are very thankful that Western Springs Baptist Church joined us this week. We could not have made the impact we made this week without y'all, so thank you for giving up a week of your summer to come serve our community.  The kids learned new songs, made fun, unique crafts everyday & even got to take home shirts & CD's to help them remember the truths they learned this week, which they absolutely loved! Thank y'all for letting God move through you & use you this week here in Memphis. Please please please join us in praying for these precious kids & their families as the school year starts. Pray for their safety. Pray that the faith of those who accepted Christ would keep growing & that others will come to know Him. Praise God for the amazing, impactful, memory-filled summer we've had at Whittier Bible club this year & for all of His precious children He graciously let us make relationships with & spend our summer with. God is so good & He is moving in this city. 
•"Ain't no party like a Whitvegas party cause a Whitvegas party don't stop"•
-Claire & Meredith

Que Que
This week we closed out Que Que with Calvary West. From day one they loved on those kids like crazy! We started off the week with 48 kids and our high was 62! Everyday the kids learned a different part of the Lord's prayer. They had conversations about what a good and loving father is, why our God is Holy, and how Christ is the best superhero there is. They hammered the points in by making Crafts related to the bible story, the highlight was the shield with a J on the front letting all the kids become mini superheroes for a day. In games we saw the oldest truly become kids again as they spent time playing kickball, bubbles, and finger darts. A huge thank you goes to Calvary for the love you poured out on these kids! They truly saw Christ through your actions and we hope to see you again! Pray for the children and families of this community as summer closes out and the school year comes in.
-Katie W. 

Kendrick 
Barfield Baptist Church came to close out Kendrick for the summer. The minute we arrived on Monday the kids were eager to have fun at bible club. The sounds of Big Big House and other songs could be heard throughout the week.  We had a high of 46 kids on Wednesday. It was a week full of love for the kids. They were full of energy each and every day at bible club without reserve. The kids learned about Jesus and a lot of his ministry.  They had great games planned for each and every day. There wasn't a kid on site who wasn't having fun. Every station was full of fun and energy. Each and every kid at Kendrick felt loved  everyday. It's been a great summer hanging out at Kendrick Bible Club this summer   Thank you so much for coming to serve, love at closing Kendrick Bible club with a great week. 
-Beef 

This has been such an amazing summer and week 8 was no exception! We are so thankful to have had FBC Greenwood, Barfield Baptist, New Shores Baptist, Eden Church, Calvary Church West Campus, Western Springs Baptist Church, & No Fences Cowboy Church in town to share Christ & His love all across this community. As we are starting to close out the summer and a lot of Bible Clubs for the year, these teams poured every last bit of energy & love that Christ has given them to finish out many of the Bible Clubs strong. Please be in prayer as we begin the final week of the summer.