This week I am in Ringgold, GA at Burning Bush Baptist Church helping with an event called Project One:27. The origin for the mission and project is taken from James 1:27 that says:
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
This week there are several crews working on different homes and assisting them by repairing roofs, putting in wheelchair ramps and repairing flooring. Teams of students and adults from Burning Bush are impacting their city and community in a huge way by making this event possible.
Each day teams rise and head to the work site by 7:15am and work until 3-4pm, sometimes even later. Then each evening there is a worship time and Bible study, which I am leading. Students stay at the church and hang out each night until 11pm and then head to bed to be rested for the next day’s work.
Tomorrow we only work until noon, as there are fun activities built into the schedule. Also, I’ll be speaking at another church in TN in the evening and all students from the project have the night off anyway because it’s Wednesday. The project ends on Friday night with a community wide outreach. Here are a few pics from the first couple of days to show the work we are doing. Keep in mind that the temp has been mid 90’s 🙂 I give props to all those who are working so hard on these projects for these families. It’s awesome to see what God is doing!
For the last couple years of visiting Nicaragua, we have gone to a remote village called “Ten Tall”. However, this trip, we went to a different remote village called Venicia. It’s similar to Ten Tall, in that we took a boat to get to it, it has solar panels for electricity, which is only used sparingly. There is no running water or many people who come from outside to visit it. We were the first group in three years to travel there with mission supplies from Together Works, Nicaragua. We were very happy to be able to share food, clothes and other supplies with them. We also shared the gospel through music and message. Here are a few pics from that day.
The Mother’s Day event for Padre Ramos was a huge blessing this year. With over 150 moms attending and about the 100 children, the camp was packed with people on this day. We served hot dogs, played games and honored the moms in the crowd. A few ladies from the team shared inspiring words and challenges to encourage them to continue striving at being godly women and influencing their families for Christ. Here are a few pics from that day.
We arrived at Burning Bush Baptist Church this afternoon close to 5pm. The service had already begun before we arrived but we had plenty of time to get settled and ready to do our part. I spoke for a few minutes about God having His reasons for each person being here this week. Then Noah and I shared a few songs in sign.
After wrapping up the service, we went to the Baptist association for a pool party and cookout. Everyone had a great time. Then the group had some cake and sang Happy Birthday for me. That was very thoughtful. We are looking forward a great week with all the students here and getting to know everyone. It’s exciting to be part of the ministry here that is reaching out into their community to serve and show Jesus!