We ended May with a benefit concert on May the 30th for our team traveling to Nicaragua. Teams from Loganville, Snellville, Stockbridge and Fayetteville were all present. We also had someone from the former Soddy Team join us, Mr. Casey Jones! Casey served as an intern a few years ago and wanted to make a surprise visit…so we put him to work immediately!
The concert was well attended and received. The groups shared several songs like Monster, Ignition and Radiator along with The Jesus Paid It All painting, just to name a few. The seniors, Trevor Jenkins and Lawson Molony were joined by a few as they did their song Love, Liberty, Disco to the delight of all who watched. Many were also moved by the senior slideshow and George’s version of Watch The Lamb. Tears were also shed over the senior video which can be seen here: Seniors
At the end of the concert, people were encouraged to support the trip and over $750 was given toward the mission. Another vey big donation was given in the form of a motorized wheelchair that we will try to take with us to help a lady in a remote village called Ten Tall. Stacey and Bobby Caldwell along with their daughters Nicole and Samantha have been involved with Vision 2 Hear for many years. They heard us speak of the lady in Ten Tall and they were moved, being that Sam is also in a motorized wheelchair. They had an old one in their garage and decided they wanted to donate it! We are so grateful for this wonderful gift!
Concert Pics Courtesy of Lora Darrisaw
Nicaragua Mission Movement
On Saturday May 31st, Terry Davis, pastor of The Movement in Hixson, TN and missionary with Vision 2 Hear, left with 14 others to serve in Nicaragua. Terry and all of the others but one served in Nicaragua last summer. They are spending a week in the same areas as last year, serving in Ten Tall, The Dump and Padre Ramos. Terry also works with On Point in Chattanooga, TN and he will be sharing some of their curriculum with the people of the village.
Terry’s team also has the youngest missionary to travel to Padre Ramos and serve. Camden Davis, son of Terry and Lori, is making his second trip back this year. Who knows? God may lead him back there many more times in his life! Cam was there last year and just loved being around the people and playing in the dirt. He didn’t have any issues at all. It’s great to see that God can use any age anywhere to be an inspiration!
Even though this is the first mission trip Terry and Lori have lead, they have been to El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica and Nicaragua already. They are seasoned veterans of mission work and the ministry. Keep them in your prayers. They return June 7.
German Mission Team
We are gearing up for the German Mission Team’s arrival on July 30. The team is composed of 13 now but may grow to as many as 20 by the time they arrive. Many of you may know Nick Poole, another guy who served as an intern and on the WAVE team for years but if you don’t, he’s how we got connected to Jan-Niklas and the whole German Mission Team in the first place.
Nick is serving as a missionary in Germany right now and has been there for close to a year working with Baseball camps. He’s been there a couple of times but this is his longest stay. While there, he met Jan-Niklas, who was looking to come to the USA and spend some time in an internship in Montgomery AL. But that didn’t work out. So Nick asked me if I would like to have an intern. And I said sure, why not? So, Jan came in March and has extended his stay from a couple months to 5 months working with V2H! His time will end when his team heads back to Germany on August 6.
Because of those two relationships, the German team is coming to the USA and staying in the Atlanta area for about a week. During that time, we are going to host them in homes, provide food and assist them in some educational and recreational activities. Their time will allow them to visit some of our great attractions like the Aquarium, Coke Factory, Chick-Fil-A Corporate offices, and of course Six Flags over Georgia. We are very excited to be able to host them and serve them!
Iceland Missions and 14414
As I shared in my post the other day, Jorge Campos, president of V2H El Salvador is currently in Iceland serving on a mission trip. He has been there for a few months and will return back to El Salvador in July. not only is what he doing in Iceland great but the things that are happening in El Salvador as well!
The ministry is continuing in Suchitoto while Jorge is in Iceland. These are the things you hope for as you do ministry…that things can continue to grow and flow even if you are not around! Jorge has done a great job setting people up to serve in El Salvador as he is serving in Iceland. Once he travels back to ES, we will begin serious plans for a team to arrive in the USA in December. Our desire is be able to bring 14 V2H El Salvador students to the USA to serve for about 3 weeks. The cost comes out to about $1000 per person for the travel, food and lodging costs. So there’s a huge need but there will also be great reward with such an investment.
A few years ago, we brought 13 from El Salvador and what a joy it was to see their hearts and souls so full and fueled from the time here. They were not only mentored while here but God spoke to their hearts and changed their lives through that trip. It is in part due to that trip and our involvement in El Salvador over the last few years that we now have our own NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) status. God has really blessed Jorge and all those serving with our team there. Please join us in prayer as we endeavor to bring 14 in December. We need your prayers, support, ideas and help in making this happen!
George Camp 2014 Is Here!
We are very excited to able to host George Camp in three locations this year: Havelock, NC, Fayetteville, GA, and Miami, FL. As you can see from the logo above, our theme is LEGO and Let God. The idea is that God wants to build us up in our faith and to use us to equip others. Please be in prayer for the kids who will attend this year’s camps. We also need funding to assist with camp supplies and materials. If you would like to contribute, you can donate through paypal here: Donate
George Camp is expecting to reach and influence about 150 kids this summer through the 3 locations.
BLOGS AND INTERNS
One of the things I have been trying to do lately is to better update the blogs and give more attention to the material online. I have been super busy with travel and I have not given much attention writing material or preparing devotional material. However, we have gotten a few more blogs launched as part of the intern program I have initiated with some of the V2H students.
As part of each internship, I have the interns write at least once-a-week to update people on what they are learning and how they are growing through the process. Jan-Niklas has a blog chronicling his time in the USA and it can be found here: Becoming Jan-Niklas
Upon his graduation, Trevor Jenkins “formalized” his internship somewhat by jumping full steam into the summer, racing against time to get his passport to attend the Nicaragua mission trip with us. He is still undecided about the Fall but for the summer, he will serve as an intern also. His blog and thoughts can be found at Watchmysign.
I have also added Casey Palicki to our mix of new bloggers. Casey will be a senior next year and has been with V2H for many years, serving on the WAVE team, at our church and in George Camp in Miami and with the Nicaragua Mission Team last year. Her blog just launched and she will bring a new and fresh perspective for all of our readers. You can find her blog here: Casey Palicki.
If you are interested in writing a blog for Vision 2 Hear, or to have a guest post on one of our blogs, please let me know. And don’t forget to sign-up for theyouthculturereport.com. Mike Liebler has done a phenomenal job of posting relevant news articles for parents, youth workers and pastors. If you are not reading this news site each day, you are missing some valuable information!
God bless you all for your prayers and support of all we have going on with Vision 2 Hear!