Welcome back my friends to bible club Rosamond! It was a fantastic week thanks to our volunteers from the Broadriver Association all the way from South Carolina. Kids got to make their own frisbees, play with parachutes, connect four even, and lots more! The kids also got to take home an extra snack each day thanks to the generosity of the team. But my personal favorite of the week was by far the bible story station! You can tell God is getting ready to do something spectacular when kids are really listening. I recall walking over on Tuesday and hearing kids act to each other a short play. Groups of four kids were all given the same script with four characters each with dialogue and were asked to act with each other. Not only were they incredibly willing to do so, they really enjoyed it! And as they read, they saw and understood what it meant to recognize meanness and step back, looking at what God would desire someone do when confronted with meanness, and oppose it. What a week indeed! Keep up your prayers everybody, and I'll see you next week. Same bat time, same bat channel.
-Kaden Sosebee & Brianna @ Rosamond
This week we had FBC Jenny Lind at Guernsey and it was such a fantastic week! Nearby site Pope ran part of the week so we had slightly fewer kids but no less of Christ's love was shown to them. Most days the attendance was in the upper thirties and we had a high of 47 kids on Thursday! They got to hear the gospel all week at bible story and made some really fun crafts, even an edible one! They got lots of energy out at games and I think the whole neighborhood heard the new songs we learned along with some of the classic bible club songs. This week was Jenny Lind's first time at G-Street and they did such a great job! The team had a joyful surprise on Monday seeing a family of kids they remembered from their previous site, Kippley! They didn't waste any time starting to love on all the kids and getting to know them throughout the week. The team definitely understood the reason we are out in the community doing this and it showed in their interactions with the kids. I hope that Jenny Lind had as much much fun as Hunter and I did this week! Hope to see y'all back next summer!
-LB and Armstrong
What an awesome third week it was here at bible club National. A local team from FBC Fisherville came in with hearts on fire for Jesus and hands ready to serve. It has been amazing to sit back and watch the kids continue to learn about Jesus these last three weeks. Every single team that comes in plays a big part in seeds being planted, and FBC Fisherville planted many this week. Something that was really cool was that this team has been serving at National for the last couple of years, so they already knew a lot of the kids. It was so cool to sit back and see old relationships continue to grow. Katie and I were amazed at the song station this week. All of the kids, even the older kids, participated in the station all week! For anyone who has ever ran the songs station, you know it's hard to keep the kids entertained. So, it was so cool to see all of the kids participating and having authentic fun. By the end of the week, we had one kid decide to follow Jesus. His name is Darrion and Katie and I have seen something stirring in his heart these last few weeks. Sure enough, he decided this week to accept Jesus into his heart! How good is God y'all? Thank you FBC Fisherville for coming to serve and for planting many seeds this week. Katie and I hope to serve along side of each of you again! God is doing so many great things at National already this summer. The best part is, I knows He's no where close being done yet.
-Morgan & Katie P.
Hey y'all! This past week at Johnson has been incredible. The people of Broad River Association came in ready to share God’s love to the people of this community. Everyone was very excited to get the week started at Johnson. On Monday, some of the team members got to reconnect with some old faces and make new relationships as well. The team came prepared for a fun week of Bible Club and it definitely showed throughout the week. The smiles on the kid's faces showed how much fun they were truly having. The team kept great energy all week and the kids fed off of it. Even on Friday, 57 kids came out to Bible Club! That is a blessing that all those children got to hear about Christ.
Thank you Broad River for an incredible week. The kids of Johnson Bible Club truly love each and every one of you. Broad River, you all showed God’s true love to the kids. It was a blessing getting to work with y’all this past week. Thank you for all you do for Street Reach and the community here in Memphis.
-Bobbby and Fish
What a fantastic week it's been at Jackson with Broadriver Baptist Association! In the past, this team has been at Bible Club National but they got to meet some new faces as they ventured over to Jackson Park this year! This team came in ready to meet new kids and build relationships within this new neighborhood. It was awesome to see this week as the kids not only heard scripture but learned how it was relevant to each of them and learned motions to help memorize the verses! Whether it was through sac races in games, silly motions in Bible Story, coloring frisbees in crafts, or singing about a moose on the loose in songs, Christ's love was shown to each child. The Lord is continuing to bring more and more children out to Bible Club and it has been amazing to see how He draws them ultimately toward Himself. Thank you Broadriver for answering the call and being the hands and feet of Jesus to the kids at Jackson this week, even through the heat! We cannot wait to see the harvest that will come from your faithfulness to plant seeds this week! We'll see you next year!
-Tedder & Holly
God did amazing things at Whitvegas this week. He blessed us with an amazing team from Oklahoma: South Community Church. I am so thankful for them & how well they loved on our kids each & every day. They showed our kids Christ's love repeatedly through their constant energy at Bible club all week long, their open presentations/invitations of the Gospel that met the kids where they are at, their one-on-one & group prayers with the kids, and their intentionality in giving the needed individual attention & affection to different kids throughout the week. This team's love for the kids was so evident & beautiful to witness. The amount of times the kids heard that they are loved by not only the team but Jesus as well was countless & will surely leave an impact on them. It was amazing to see the team pour out their love for the kids in such a bold way. They also loved the whole community well. They would not hesitate to talk or pray with any community members when the opportunity arose. They truly loved & served this whole community so well all week long. They also showed perseverance & excitement on walking routes as we hit our current summer high this week of 57 kids! South Community Church has made such a huge impact on the kids this week and represented Christ & His love for His people unbelievably well. I cannot thank them enough for being the hands & feet of Jesus to our community this week; they did an amazing job & God's love was reflected in them so evidently. Please join us in praying for the incoming teams this summer: that they will be bold, excited & full of love & energy all week long. Pray for teams going back home that they will keep that fire to compassionately serve & love everyone they come in contact with. Pray for safety for all kids, teams & staff. Most importantly please pray that the kids and community would hear & understand the Gospel so well that they may come to know Him as their Savior & Lord & then they can live on mission too. God is moving in Memphis!
-Claire & Joey
"Que Que parties for the king!"Every morning FBC Springtown would yell these words as we prepared for bible club, and they did not disappoint. Springtown came in ready to love on the children and be intentional about sharing the love of Christ. Our first day of the week we had 57 kids come and join us at bible club, the next day 66, and the rest of the week an average of 56 kids. The team came in not knowing what to expect, but didn't let that stop them from partying for the King! Every time I would look around the games would be in an exciting game of capture the flag or Simon say. Bible story was always busy as they shared God's amazing ways with the children. Crafts did anything from thankful flowers and music shakers, to paracord bracelets being the hit of the week! Everyday I would hear the loud voices of the kids as they sang bible club songs, and made up their own new beats. We are so thankful for FBC Springtown and their willingness to come and share the love of Christ with the children! We hope to see you again next year!
-Katie W. & Marcus
This week at Treadwell we had a local team, FBC Fisherville! Despite the short trip,they came prepared and ready to serve! As soon as the group got here, they were ready to go and so were the community kids! We had a blast at club this week and even though it was another hot week, the teams kept club going and continued to love on and share Jesus with the kids! In spite of the 109 heat index on Friday, we had 38 kiddos! Praise the Lord for another great week at Treadwell! Please continue to pray for our kids as new teams come in and The Lord continues to work in the hearts of the children and throughout this community. Thank you FBC Fisherville for loving the children at Treadwell with the Love of Christ and pressing on, even through the high temperatures and sun!
"P-O-P-E that is where we wanna be!" Thanks to FBC Bloomington that is where we were last week. The kids had fun playing games with thoughtful twists to align with their bible stories such as Mr. Shark, instead of Mr. Bear, for the lesson on Jesus Calms the Storm. A major concern this church had for the children was that the kids would not just hear a memory verse but they would truly learn it. To help with this they played memorization games with the kids instead of doing a song station. The games differed on different days from a hopscotch pad with a word of the verse written on each block to a game where they had to say the next word of the verse to be thrown the ball. The 6-8 year old group was having so much fun learning the verse that they learned the shortened version they were given and then the version that the older kids were given too. Each day more and more kids came out to not only have fun with this team, but to learn about Jesus. From their first to last day of club we doubled in size, and I know that there are even more kids to be found this week! Please stay in prayer for us as we continue trying to find the kids in order to tell them about and display for them the love of Christ. "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 out laborers into his harvest." Matthew 9:37-38
Hidy Ho neighbors. It's Steeley coming at'cha with the latest at Kendrick Bible Club. This week we were so blessed with The Vine UMC coming to serve our kiddos. Our week consisted of friendship bracelets, chalk, and lots of Jesus. Our oldest group asked lots of great questions in bible story this week and we are super excited to watch that grow and get them to discipleship club in a couple of weeks to continue on learning on this journey. Meanwhile our youngins (with the help of of team members) are memorizing scripture and writing the verse with chalk on the sidewalks. It's super cool to see them being excited about learning God's word. Thank you to The Vine UMC for your willingness to come and be the hands and feet of Jesus to the kid's at Kendrick!!
What an amazing week we had here at Street Reach! We are so grateful for the many missionaries that sacrificed a week of their summer to come and show the children in North Memphis Christ's love. The Lord drew so many children to Himself this week and it was so sweet to see! Because of the amazing canvassing and just straight up fun Bible Clubs the mission teams provided, 440 children saw Jesus' Love and heard His good news on Tuesday. Even through the heat these teams poured out all of the energy and love that God had given them! What a blessing to get to witness! We know that these children will still be ministered to for another 6 weeks and we are excited to see how the Lord will continue to bring about the harvest in these Bible Clubs, community centers, nursing homes, throughout this community, and even all across the nation as these missionaries go back into their own cities. A huge thank you to FBC Fisherville, Broadriver Baptist Association, FBC Springtown, The Vine UMC, FBC Jenny Lind, South Community Church, and FBC Bloomington! We cannot wait to see you all again next year!