The Gospel is for all.  Good News isn’t something we hide, keep to ourselves or cover up.  It’s intended to be shared with everyone.  Sometimes that happens in large worship services with high-end technology, powerful music and dynamic preaching.  And other times, it happens on street corners, in restaurants and even in dorm rooms.

This week we’ve seen how God runs after the 1.  He is not hesitant to leave behind the 99 who love Him to search out the ones who needs Him.  We’ve seen over and over this week in New Orleans how God is extremely personal.  He is just as interested in the homeless man on the street as he is the people on our buses.  He’s just as interested in the lady with cancer sitting on her porch as she is the students across the street eating lunch who decided to share their meal with her.  God is just as interested in the Crash as He is in the one youth who needs Him.

Today was a great day at our ministry sites.  We had tons of kids at the two Bible clubs in the parks.  We also sorted tons of food at the Hope Food Bank.  In addition to all that, we also began work on painting a church.

On a day that has been filled with tragedy back home, it’s been filled with life in New Orleans.  One of our own students, Ross asked a student to sit down in the dorm this afternoon and help him follow Christ.  Ross decided in that dorm room to give his heart to Jesus and be sold out totally to the Lord from now on.  Amen!! This day needed some great new… and this my friends, is the BEST news we could share today.  

Pray for us as we begin our final day of ministry on Thursday.  We didn’t have a chance to pass the cross tonight, but will do so in the morning.  And a special thanks to our pastor, David Wike for being here these past few days serving along side our students.

United with God

After a great day of ministry in the city of New Orleans we ended our day in worship with 400+ other students.  All day we’ve poured our selves out, so all of our souls needed to be filled.  The Holy Spirit was gracious. The music was great tonight, but the Word of God was so true…so clear…and so what we all needed to hear.  The pastor preached from Romans 6.  It hit home for us all. Especially to church kids who tend to ride the fence in faith.  So often we rest on the gospel of John 3:16 and assume that’s the whole gospel. We think that we simply need to believe in Jesus and then go about life as usual.

Romans 6 suggests a radical idea.  That we ought to not continue being ruled by sin because of grace.   Grace isn’t a liscense to live like we want.  Our response to the grace we’ve been given and the freedom we’ve found in Christ should lead us to be united with Christ (Rom 6:5) not with sin.

We get the privilege of being united with Christ and to share the Good News again tomorrow morning.  Pray for us as we serve.

** Melissa passed the cross to Team 3 and asked Ashley to carry it on the team’s behalf.

Today we painted a house, played with and loved nearly 40 kids at two playground Bible clubs and served food to about 180 families at the Love in Action Food Pantry.  I’d say it’s been a great Monday.  

God has certainly opened the eyes of these students to see a bigger world than just Florence, SC.  There’s no place like Bourbon Street back in Flo-town.  Though this city is the Big Easy, it’s the same as us.  We’re all just people…who would be lost without Jesus.  

We started our day at morning devotions at 7am and ended with church group devotion in the park along the river in Jackson Square at 10pm.  It’s been a full day of being poured out on the city.  For me, the best description of today was written in a thank you note from the 95yr old man whose house we painted.  He said, “Thank you for being sermons in shoes.”  That’s what this week is about… being the hands and feet that bring the Good News.  Pray for us Ebenezer.  Three more days ahead of us!!  God is doing big things in our hearts and lives.

** the cross was passed tonight from Reed to Melissa Miller.