Monday, October 31, 2011


Hello Street Reachers!-- We thought we would give you an “off season” update!   Since summer time the semester missionaries have been busy serving at Brinkley Heights Urban Academy and helping get things in order for Street Reach 2012!  We are currently booking teams for next Spring and Summer and would love to have you guys coming to serve with us if you can.  If you want more information just let us know and we’ll be glad to get that to you.

In other news—

The National Bible Club site has been hopping this fall with a local team.  Miss Erica has been faithful to bring out her BCM Family Group from the University of Memphis and they have done an awesome job of keeping a great relationship with the families in that area.  They had club in September, October, and have another one coming up next month.  Katie J. and Kacie were able to join them in October and it was a great time! 

We had two fall out of town teams come in during the weekend of October 14-17.  
A college BCM team came in on Friday night and stayed with us until Monday afternoon.  This particular team came last spring and had a blast (Street Reach even got a 2011 staffer from that trip)!  Anyway, they came back for a Fall Bible Club over at Guernsey with Miss Michelle and the kids had an awesome time.  The group brought two ministry teams from their BCM- the children’s ministry team and a hip-hop dance team.  Bible club went as usual except the songs station was turned into a dance studio and the kids loved it. 
We also had a team from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro come in on Friday night and spend Saturday with us doing yard work around the community with Jonathan.  They were able to cut several yards and made a huge difference in a short time.  When they were finished with all of their hard work they didn’t want to rest—no—they came on up to Bible Club at Guernsey to play with the kids before heading back to Arkansas that evening.

It was awesome to see students spending their fall break serving the Lord by loving on our community here in Memphis! I’ve got a few pictures from Bible Club and I’m hoping to be able to post more from the yard work team soon.

Thanks to those who came out for Street Reach- Fall, you were a true blessing. 

 NATIONAL



  

GUERNSEY


















Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week 7- Calvary Church (Jr. High), Green Acres, Union Valley, Parkway Baptist

Leahy's
    This week at Leahy's we had an amazing group of junior high students from Calvary Church in St. Louis, MO. Not only was this a  week full of fun, it was also full of Jesus. This group was more than willing to do whatever the children enjoyed and they shared Jesus with them in the process. This week at games we really got an opportunity to tap into our older kids and have a three day long soccer game. At the end of the week the game ended in a tie and fun was had by all who participated. Then in crafts, which is always a favorite, was a big hit Thursday. The children took strips of bandannas and twisted them, then put beads on them to make necklaces. And then bible story for the younger ones was a relief at the end of a hard day of playing. No better way to end the day than with a whole lot of Jesus. A special thanks goes out to this team this week for being on fire for Christ. I love you all. - Sara

Leawood 
    This was a good week at Leawood. We grew from 36 to 47 this week. God is still showing up! The group in this week, Fellowship Baptist, had their first bible club experience this week. It was cool to see them grow. They grew in knowledge of how to run the site and by Tuesday they had it down! It was neat to see their interaction with the kids and their passion for them. 
    The kids are still opening up more and more each day. Since the majority of the children are younger, they don't talk very often. So many of them are smiling! Steve, Gissell, and Johanna's mom wasn't home when taking the kids home so we had an impromptu water day. The twins were so crazy and were having so much fun, it was a side of them that I had never seen before. The older kids are asking for more responsibilities, such as helping with lunch or water. I love seeing all of them mature before my eyes. 
    Be in prayer for this next and final week as we will travel over to the National site. The kids on Rhea, Isabelle and Wayne, will be over at the Treadwell site. God is always in control, so it will be an amazing end to the summer. -Matt 

Treadwell 
    Answered prayers-- Last summer being able to run 8 sites at one time was a huge deal, but this past week we were able to open our 11th site. Treadwell is our newest Bible Club, and I had the pleasure of running it with a new team from Union Valley Baptist Church in Oklahoma. The site is special because we've not been able to open a club on that side of town before now, but this week God made it happen. We started with 21 kids on Monday and by the end of the week we were running almost 40 kids with over 50 kids registered.
    A really neat story I'd like to share is about one of our families that we met. On Wednesday my team requested to put on yard work with a particular job in mind. I asked if I could tag along and visit a few of my kids. So, Jonathan and the team loaded up and off we went. I was surprised when we arrived because we were cutting grass for the family that I wanted to visit with. God is just really cool like that! 
    The kids were excited to see us there and all ran out for hugs, which we thought was really cool. Their mom came out to talk to us. I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with her while the yard crew was working. She couldn't grasp the concept of why the team wanted to come cut her grass for free and then tell her thank you for letting them. This was a cool way to bring an invitation to the gospel. At the end of our time at the house, Jonathan gave her a tract and was able to share the gospel with her again. She seemed really open and receptive, but wasn't quite sure about all that we'd shared with her. However we did get to pray with her before we left, and gave her a bible. 
    The best part of the story is that my team continued to love on her and the kids, and on Friday she told them that she understood and believed. Our plan is to do a lot of follow up and to hopefully get them to come to church with us. 
Thanks Union Valley- You did an amazing job! - Kacie 

Kippley 
    God has truly been at work at bible club Kippley this week! Having reached a new record of 46 kids being taught about Jesus Christ and expanding His reach to a larger group of older kids, I can't wait to see what God does next! Games this week was 100% amazing. The kids were engaged in such a way as I have yet to see. God blessed me with another great team from Union Valley Church, a small church from Oklahoma. They were incredible. Their beach music, surfboard and flip flop decorations, and beach balls gave an imaginative feel to our club site. A kid actually came up and told me to pretend that we were at the beach and that he was going swimming! And I must admit, seeing the 10 yearolds and up get dowsed with water was a great way to end the week! 
    Please be praying for us; we have one more week to share our LORD's love with these kids. Please ask God to send pure workers into this harvest field and that the harvest would indeed be plentiful. -Kaden 

Rosamond
    This week at Rosamond was an awesome experience. The blue team from Parkway Baptist in St. Louis, Missouri did a great job at Bible Club. We started the week out learning about Noah's Ark and the team let the kids act like the animals and go into an ark that they had built. Once the kids were in the ark, the team passed out water balloons for the kids to throw at the leaders who were not in Noah's family. On Thursday, we had Sarah from the bible show up at club site and we learned that she was 90 years-old and that she was about to have her first child. Each day in recreation, the team helped the kids get all of their wiggles out for the next rotation. At crafts, the children made a "happy hat" which they all started wearing and singing the Bible Club songs that we had sung earlier that day.  One of the coolest things was to see the kids each day come to club and have that sparkle in their eyes when Parkway told each of them that Jesus loves them, but so do they. The team really connected with the kids and the kids really enjoyed having you all in Memphis this week. Hope to see you all again next year. - Heather 
    

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Week 6- FBC Sparta, FBC Greenwood, Calvary Baptist, and Old Shooting Creek Baptist


Whittier
    This week proved to be a fun, exciting, and powerful week. Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church was able to run Whittier this week and minister to the kids at the site. With the week after the holiday weekend, and Bible Club competing with air conditioning, Whittier started out the week averaging with 25 kids. However, God proved himself faithful and Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church and the strength of God almost doubled the amount of kids ministered to at the sites. This week helped show that God has specific times and purposes for the kids that he has at the Bible Club sites each and every day. From energetic, water filled games; to crazy "Hey!" chants; to sharing the message of God in personal and powerful ways. Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church was a blessing to the kids at the site and the staff in this awesome and exciting week. Thank you team Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church! - Josh

National 
 The summer so far has flown by and it is crazy to think that we only have two more weeks left with the children. This week Andrew was back at National.  However, he had to stay at Brinkley on Tuesday because his arms were covered in poison ivy. He got medicine and got his arms wrapped up and was back out on Wednesday. Once again the older kids were crushed that he was not there to hang out with them.  Our team this week was from FBC Sparta. They loved the kids from the second they met them. This week we had fewer kids but it lead to more intentional conversations and the team was able to pour into children who are sometimes overlooked. On Wednesday during bible story the gospel was shared to the children through the evangecube. Many of the older kids started asking lots of questions about salvation and the 5-8 year olds could tell you step by step what Jesus had done for them by the end of the day. On Friday the Rockwood route came back with a ton of kids and all the little girls from that street had their stomachs showing because they had their shirts rolled up and tied up. AT first I was frustrated with them….I thought these are five, six and seven year olds they do not need to look like teenagers in the neighborhood. The team girls and I kept telling them to untie and pull their shirts down all day. Finally I looked at five year old Darnesha and asked her why she was doing that. She said this is how you look pretty Miss Erica. I got the opportunity to talk to her and some of her sisters about real beauty. After that she said on Monday I am going to dress like you because you are pretty. Besides making my day that she said that, it was really cool to see God orchestrate that whole situation. Thanks to FBC Sparta’s willingness to serve it was an amazing week. - Erica 


Guernsey 



    This week at Guernsey we were joined by Greenwood! Thank you all for coming to serve our kids this week. You were all such a blessing. We started off the week with a small number of kids, because our site didn’t run last week. We had to build up our numbers this week and God did just that.  This was a very special week at Guernsey, because the older boys and girls wanted to have a “Talent Show.” Their rules were to create their own song about God, Jesus, or the Bible. Both, the boys and girls, worked very hard during their music time and free time each day to get ready for Friday. It was wonderful to see them all work together. They all have so much potential and it showed on Friday. The girls were first up and they made up a different beat to “Jesus loves me,” They had dancers, singers, a drummer, and all the children loved it. I even heard that the girls worked on their song after bible club was over, just so they could try and beat the boys. Next up were our older boys. The boys made up their very own rap. They had beat boxing, rapping, and the best part was all the boys were doing back flips, front flips, cartwheels, and back-hand springs. It was insane and so creative. In the end, the boys came out winning. It was really fun to watch the team members get involved with helping the kids out and get ready to go on Friday! 
This week we focused on the Armor of God. The team brought props to dress the kids in while telling the bible story.  My favorite part was watching Tryvon and Garry run around in the football “helmet of salvation.” The kids really enjoyed the game time this week too. They played a few water games, relays, tag, and even had some fun times having the older boys teach us all how to flip. Some of the girls on the team impressed Reggie and Jamal because they could do everything the boys did. It was fun to watch the boys’ faces. During our craft time the kids made a number of fun things. They made key chains, bracelets, necklaces, and even a new sign for the Guernsey site to hang up! God is really blessing Guernsey more and more each week. Continue to keep praying for our kids and the teams coming in. 
“How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Those Who Bring Good News!” Romans 10:15
-Michelle & Cole 

Kippley 
    This week was one giant "God momen"t at bible club Kippley. It is a brand new site ran for the first time ever this past week, and by Friday, 41 kids were being taught about Jesus and his love for them. I enjoyed getting to work with a team from back home, First Baptist Greenwood. It was crazy to see the amount of love poured out from this team, and you could see it in the children's eyes. I believe that their favorite part of the week was when two mighty warriors (team members Kelly and Brittney) charged out with their cardboard cut shields to teach them about God's shield of faith. That same day, the kids made a key chain with a shield on it that they would show up to bible club with every day for the rest of the week. Seeing all that God has done in one week brings these words from my heart: "bless the LORD, oh my soul! With all that is within me bless His holy name!" - Kaden 




Rosamond 2
      This week we had a team from Greenwood, Arkansas in and Rosamond 2 was able to run again! I knew it was going to be an interesting week since the site didn’t run last week, and this was only the second week that it had run.  We were able to look throughout the community for new kids that had never been to bible club before, and they had a great time! We got off to a slow start, but the site started growing quickly, and several kids were coming out. After trying to run bible club a certain way, the team decided that they wanted to try a different approach to how they ministered to the kids. We ended up splitting the older girls into one group, the older guys into one group, and all the younger kids into another group. Then the team did specific lessons for each of the groups, and things worked out great!!! The team was also very flexible this week as some of their members were moved to another site. With the fewer team members we had at our site, the more children showed up to bible club! God really showed His presence this week as we work with the children, and providing the most children Rosamond 2 has had yet! - Jonathan 




Kendrick
    We had yet another unbelievably awesome time and team at Kendrick this week! Kacie and I were back together again and Old Shooting Creek was back for a second year. God blessed us ALL despite the incredible heat. We never had less than thirty kids, and we had fifty-one on Friday! The kids learned more about the armor of God throughout the week in Bible story. They really enjoyed the interactive activities that went along with Scripture. You could tell that it was really getting through to the kids' heads and heart, and they grew happier every day. We also enjoyed their relentless smiles and laughs at games, where you never saw a kid sitting down! On Friday the team brought buckets of water and everybody (including myself) was thrilled to feel the cool splash of water on their faces after a particularly hot week. Crafts were also a hit; we never got away with letting a kid walk off site without their craft in hand! All in all, it was a miraculous week. New kids came out and we saw ones that hadn't come for weeks! God was so amazing in the love that shone at Kendrick this week. I can't wait to see what the next two weeks brings! -Holly

                   Leahy's 






    This week at Leahy’s was absolutely a blast. I had a wonderful team from First Baptist Greenwood from Greenwood, Arkansas come to serve with me.  From the minute they stepped on the club site never once did they complain.  They were so willing to serve Christ this week and it really, really showed. Even with the heat this team really was able to make relationships with the kids and make them want to come out and play. From Monday to Friday we never stopped having fun. Whether it was learning about the armor of God and dressing up with shields, swords, and helmets in bible story, making cool bracelets about Jesus for the kids to add to their jewelry collections in crafts, or doing water relays in games the kids learned so much.  By the end of this week our kids were left wanting more, more, more. Thank you FBC Greenwood for planting seeds and making our kids yearn for more Jesus. - Sara 




















                  Rosamond 















    Rosamond had one of the teams from FBC Greenwood. The team was great about getting the kids and running our Rosamond BYBC site.  The team really connected with the children. Each day they focused on a different part of the armor of God. In bible story, they had games that related to the story and to the different parts of the armor. The kids really enjoyed having the Greenwood team at club. Can't wait to see you all next year! I really enjoyed working with you all. - Heather 





Leawood
    This was a good week at Leawood. The group was from Sparta and they were very passionate and loved the kids. The children could tell this and had an enjoyable time coming back each day. One cool thing with Leawood is we have a core group of about 30 kids that come each day. This core group has gotten comfortable with the other kids. The twins, Gissell and Johanna, have started speaking to me and smiling. Even though they speak in broken spanish and I can't understand it, I still think its awesome. Ana and Zoe have opened up a lot and have started to love on everyone! They run with arms up and a smile wanting to be held. These kids are amazing and had a blast this past week. We ran in the upper 30's each day and even had 12 new kids. It's great to see God move and work each week not only at Leawood, but at all the sites. Thanks Sparta for a wonderful week and stay in prayer for all of us! - Matt
Johnson
    We had an outstanding team from Calvary Baptist in Lilburn, GA. Monday we started out with 38 kids and by Friday we had 48 kids. Marqueta, Gabby and Jonathan's mom, departed of her sins and got saved. This was all of God's glory and has been a process through past teams. We are so grateful for your prayers and this salvation process. We were able to canvas new places and in result brought 8 new kids to the BYBC. I can't wait to see what God allows us to do these next two weeks. -BUCKET

  
    


Monday, July 11, 2011

Week 5- Lakewood Baptist, Journey Pointe, Yadkin Baptist, and Union Grove

Kendrick
    This week was awesome! First, I was back in my neighborhood with my kiddies that I missed last week, and secondly because I had the Yadkin team Kickin' it over at Kendrick!!! This church sent a team two years ago to work over in K-town with Eric and Tyler and this week they came back for more. The last time they were here Kendrick had not been running consistently, nor did it have the number of kids we've been finding ourselves with this summer. This is my favorite thing for a returning team to see. Without all of the work that Eric, Tyler, Jessi and the teams of past years had put in, Kendrick wouldn't be seeing the success you read about each week. Thanks to all the Kendrick teams and staff for your servanthood to my kiddos.

This week Nicki did a great job with the Bible story station! The kids seemed to really enjoy spending time with her. She even found herself a great helper in Xavier, who gave up games to stay in Bible Story.

Crafts were a big hit too, the kids loved showing me what they made each day. I even ended up with a few beautiful pictures that Tammy and Cha'Khia gave me. Thanks to Jordan, Teal, and Ethan for all of their hard work.

Mr. Keith was in charge of games and the kids loved playing with him. I caught him playing anything from jumprope and hula-hoop to soccer and bubbles. It was so fun watching him with the kids.

We did songs a little differently this week because we had such a small team, but we had such a fun time with Zachary and his guitar!  The kids seemed almost memorized by it and it was a great way to start or end club. Cody was a huge fan of Zach and they told me they were "living the suite life!"

I cannot forget Beth, the team leader and floater of the week. Anything that needed to happen, Beth was there. She was in games, story time, crafts, crowd control and songs... Wherever another hand was needed is where she'd go. We couldn't have done it without you! Thanks for your faithfulness to serve with us again.

Overall, I'd call it a successful week over at Kendrick. We started with 32 on Monday and consistently ran in the mid 40s the rest of the week. Another really cool thing that is happening is kids asking to help. Its especially neat to see all of our older kids listening really well and then helping tobdurect the younger ones. We've also been learning about servant leadership and how Christ, the son of God, humbled Himself to serve and then applying it to our actions at club. God has been so faithful to us and we praise His name for that. Come back next week for more from your Kendrick kiddos! - Kacie 

Rosamond 
    What an amazing week at Rosamond this week! God really proved himself to be beyond faithful. We started the week on Monday with 35 kids and ended with 105! Praise the Lord! The team from Union Grove was awesome and did great to adjusting to the number increase. We also saw a lot of children come to know Christ this week. God really blessed us all. We are so thankful that He supplied us with a wonderful team to minister to the children He brought. Wow. We are so amazed at the greatness of our God! Thank you so much Union Grove for being faithful year after year! See you again next year. - Michelle, Heather, and Jonathan 

National 
    Lakewood Baptist was a true blessing this week. If they did not come in this holiday week then the National and Leawood children would not have been ministered to. Matt was able to bring a ton of his kids from the neighborhood to National and most of the apartment kids, especially my personal favorite, Herman. It was really cool to have all the Leawood kids at National...most of them were little kids. 
    On wednesday we had 127 kids that were ministered to, 38 of them were 4 and under. It was crazy but that day was amazing. This week since Matt came, his brother Andrew was moved from National to Whittier to help run a staff site. The older kids were devastated that he wasn't there. It was sad to see the kids so frustrated but exciting to see that he had made that big of an impact. 
    Cj came one day this week and instead of throwing punches, he led songs in his station and participated in bible story. Shaneteria threw a fit after trying to walk home by herself. She ran of and pushed me when I tried to grab her hand. I put her in timeout and when we walked home she apologized to me. It was really cool to see her feel remorse and do that.
    It was an awesome week. God brought out 71 kids monday, 74 kids Tuesday, 127 kids wednesday, 112 kids thursday, and 104 kids friday. - Erica 

    It was really cool to have the opportunity to bring my Leawood kids over to National this week. Even though the kids had to walk a longer way, the kids kept coming! We peaked at 41 children on thursday. It was fun getting to walk with all those kids  because I usually stay on site when Leawood runs. 
    I got to get to know my children a little better this week. We were able to get the neighborhood and the apartment kids. We even had 7 new kids come while we were at National. It has truly been amazing to see God work at Leawood this summer, even when we are at a visiting site. - Matt 

Leahy's 
    This week at Leahy's was one exciting adventure. We had a wonderful team of 11 from Journey Pointe Church. Our week started off with 20 and ended with 52 children that were ministered to. Our club routine included a community bible story and then two stations, crafts and games. This returning team did an awesome job of reconnecting with last year's kids and making great new relationships with some of our newer kids. Our games included relays and some great freeplay. The craft were phenomenal and included some paint, some t-shirts and a whole lotta fun! Thanks for a great week Journey Pointe, YOU ALL ROCK! - Sara  


Friday, July 8, 2011

Week 4- Boones Chapel, Trinity Baptist, Medina United Methodist, First Baptist Collierville, Little Union, New Bethel, Mt. View, and New Blackwell

Leawood

    This was a wonderful week at Leawood. We had a returning group in, New Blackwell, but this was their first time to run Leawood. We split the kids up into 3 groups and saved the song station until the end  with a special surprise....PUPPETS! The kids absolutely loved the puppets, especially since the majority of our kids are seven and under. We had our record number for kids broken three times over this week. On monday, when I told the team to expect 20, God blessed our site with 43. On wednesday, we had 48 kids and on friday God really showed out....we had 53 kids that we were able to minister to! It has been awesome to see God continually grow Leawood each week. We were also able to open up a new route on Treadwell Street. We had a total of 5 kids from that street with a potential for 3 or 4 more. There were a total of 33 new children that showed up this week.
    One highlight of the week was getting to hear DJ's version of Bazooka Bubble Gum. All he wanted to repeat was "pop my collar". Another memorable moment was when Ana started dancing to the puppets.
   On tuesday, we had rain in the morning so we had bible club in the gym during the afternoon. This helped us get some newer kids who were usually in summer school in the mornings. I want to give a BIG shout out to New Blackwell. They had so much passion and love for these children. I am so thankful they decided to come this week and work at Leawood.
   Please stay in prayer for this next week as most of the Leawood kids will take a field trip over to the National site. Pray we overflow that site with multitudes of children! Now put your "L's" in and scream "GOOOOO LEAWOOODD!" - Matt

National 
    This week at National we were blessed to have a returning team from Trinity Baptist in Manchester, TN. This team has seen National in so many ways, but it has been so neat to see what God has done over the past three years. Mrs. Kitty, a team member, came up to me and said, "Do you remember when we prayed for 30 kids 3 years ago?" I replied, "Yeah it is crazy how many God has brought to us to minister to." Now National is praying for over 100! The passion and love the team has shown these kids is astounding. It's such a blessing to be able to witness God bring in people for the kids to look up to. The bonds they make over the week is a lasting one, forever impacting the kids throughout their childhood. Prayer is so POWERFUL, and God is so Faithful! Thank you so much Trinity, thank you for showing what it means to really show love through actions. - Erica

Johnson
    This past week at Johnson was another success. We reached our record 45 kids again and had a few new kids as well. Our team from Medina United Methodist was new to Street Reach but they learned pretty quickly and improved the site each day! You could really see that they wanted to make a powerful impact on the lives of the kids at Johnson, and that's exactly what they did. God was very faithful in providing love through the actions of the team. Even in their smiles, God brought joy to the kids. We packed as much love into them as we could. Please pray that when we return that the kids will be as receptive! Thank you Medina! 

Guernsey 
    The team this week was First Baptist Church of Collierville. They were an amazing team! They were very well prepared to serve the children and hungry to reach out to more daily. They entertained the kids during bible story by providing costumes for the children to put on. They even allowed for them to act out some of the stories being told. The songs were very interactive and easy to sing along with for the children. They really enjoyed doing all the hand motions. 
    Kickball was a real popular activity among the older kids! They loved it! A memorable moment for us was seeing Reggie smile for the first time this past week, and he didn't stop smiling for the rest of the week. 
    Antavius' s Birthday was Friday, unfortunately he was not celebrating it this year due to his mom having to have surgery. After hearing about this, Collierville was able to bless him by bringing him gifts. God does big things through obedient hearts! All in all, the week was wonderful and the team blew us all away. The kids were extremely grateful to have Collierville. - Cole..... and Michelle

Whittier
    This week, Whittier was ran by the New Bethel Church team. This was the second week that Whittier was able to run at the New Life Park location. New Bethel was very excited to come back and minister to the kids at whittier again. The kids enjoyed the challenging, unique, and creative games that New Bethel presented.
    Each day the kids were able to make and take home a craft that complimented the "superhero" theme that New Bethel came up with. Helmets, shields, and breastplates were just some of the things that Whittier kids were able to take home and show off. 
    The bible stories were exciting and upbeat to keep the kids entertained. They also added to the "Superhero" theme extremely well. The team also introduced a few new songs that the kids would sing at the beginning at camp and could be heard as they were walking home at the end. Thank you New Bethel for making this week fun and exciting for the kids! - Josh

Kendrick
    Wow! What a great week to end the first half of the summer with New Bethel UMC returning to the Kendrick BYBC site. They did something unique by setting everything to a "superhero" theme. During crafts, the kids would make a new piece of spiritual armor, starting with the belt of truth and ending with the shield of faith. It was so cool to see some of the kids wearing all their armor to club on friday. 
    Games kept the kids going, going, going, with relays and ball games to fill every second of the station. Finally, Bible Stories gave the kids a chance to show their dramatic flare as they acted out stories such as David and Goliath, Ester, and Jesus calming the storm. These stories taught the kids of various "superheroes" of the bible, and that Jesus is the ULTIMATE super hero. 
    New Bethel immediately fell in love with the kids and even got a chance to celebrate cody's 6th Birthday. The team reached out to the older kids and "LS" shined with great leadership this week. I thank God for the fun week we had and the 50 kids He brought out Friday. Thank you New Bethel, you will be missed! - Holly 

Leahy's 
     Week 4 at Street Reach was a success. It was one of our largest weeks of team members and because of that we were able to open a 9th site this week. 
    I normally hang out at Kendrick, but this week I had the pleasure of serving the kids of Leahyville and the surrounding community. I was a little nervous at first about changing sites, but the Acteens team from Boones Chapel was amazing. They were never satisfied with the amount of children we had and they brought in record numbers for the site because of it. 
    Bible Story was awesome. I loved seeing the kids act out the stories they were telling. On our day with 64 kids they talked about praising God - they passed a ball around the circle and each child thanked God for something. When 7 year-old Junior's turn came, he looked around and said, "I'm thankful that we call all be here!" Thanks go to Mrs. Allison, Morgan, Charlotte, & Kelsi for a great time at Bible Story. 
    Games seem like they would be pretty simple, but figuring out what works best with who can be a challenge. My team did a great job of adapting to each age group with age appropriate games. I think the kid's favorites were soccer, Ninja, and dodgeball...and maybe the parachute for the little ones! Great job goes to Mrs. Brandy, Sidney, Sarah, and Ashley. 
    I am still singing some of the catchy little songs that we learned this week at Leahy's. We put up a tent for shade, the team had a cd player- oh did I mention there were buckets, drumsticks, bells and tamborines involved??? The kids had a blast. Songs were awesome, thanks to Mrs. Suzanne, Brittany, Brooke, & Laney. 
    Crafts were out of this world. We had paint, markers, beads, plaster of parris and so much more. My favorite craft of the week was really cool. The ladies brought ceiling tiles from Alabama for the kids to paint and make bulliten boards with. These were not just any tiles, but came from Boones chapel's BC after the tornados destroyed their building, What a testiment to Christ's love that this group still pulled together and came to serve others. Thanks Mrs. Lisa, Laurie, Brooke, and Sarah for your hard work. 
    Leahyville Bible Club was great this week! I wanted to share one thing. Early this week one of our boys, Erik, had his appendix removed. On Thursday I looked up to see his mom dropping him off. He really wanted to come so she brought him a chair and we'd walk him to each station. He also came on Friday. This is the kind of impact you guys make on the lives of these kids when you serve them. 
THANKS BOONES CHAPEL ACTEENS- LOVE YOU GUYS- Kacie 

Rosamond 
    What a week it has been this week. Mt. View Baptist came from Antioch, TN and did a fantastic job! The kids loved having you guys here to love on them. The team worked really hard to get the kids and was passionate about sharing the love of Jesus. When the kids arrived, the team did free play, and then we split the kids into groups. The bible story station was great and the kids learned some awesome and fun new songs. The highlight of the week was when two of the girls came to club for the first time and accepted Christ as their savior. Jenn Jenn helped in guiding them to HIm and they were so excited to be part of God's family. On Friday, the team took the kids home and all the kid wanted to stay. Great job Mt. View!! - Heather 

Rosamond 2 
    We had a great first week at he new Rosamond site! After getting it cleaned up, there was a lot of excitement about how the new club site would be. The children were very happy about having a bible club that was closer to home, and we were able to reach children that had never been to bible club! The week started out a little slow with 9 kids on the first day, but steadily progressed until there was 29 on Friday! 
    The team at the new club site was Little Union from Indiana, This was their first time with us at Street Reach, and they did a fantastic job. They were very flexible, and really showed great hearts in going to find new children. The children on the new site grew to love them, and it was a great experience for the new team. God did some amazing things at Rosamond 2 this week, and we will be looking forward to what is in store next! - Jonathan