Today was our last day together as a group! We loaded the bus right at eight o’clock and headed to Powder Springs. There, we met Pastor Kwame Frimpong, who is a Baptist missionary who started the Powerhouse International Church. This church reaches out to immigrants from central and eastern Africa.
We then helped Pastor Frimpong pass out flyers inviting people to a community event hosted by the church. We went door-to-door in about 6-8 different neighborhoods. We hope that this was a blessing to Pastor Frimpong who does this by himself every month!
After easily getting in our 10,000 steps, we went to lunch before heading back to school! We’ve had a great week and we are so grateful for the opportunities we have had! Thanks for following along with us!
Today we started our morning with a devotional from Dr. Hedges who read from the book of Isaiah in light of our day at 7 Bridges yesterday. She spoke about approaching God from a place of humility and trust rather than from a place of religious superiority and pride.
After sorting the cans of food that we collected through our food drive, we loaded up the bus and headed to Papa’s Pantry in Woodstock to discuss their ministry. We learned all about poverty in our community and the great work that Papa’s Pantry is doing to assist those in the area through, not only food assistance, but job interview training and resume building as well. We toured their facility before heading to lunch.
After stopping for lunch, we drove down to Kennesaw State to visit the Holocaust Museum and Exhibit. There, we learned all about the life of Anne Frank, as well as details about other individuals who were involved in the Holocaust, from victims to perpetrators. It was valuable to learn what those involved in the war experienced during those years.
We are looking forward to our fifth and final day together tomorrow!
Wow! What a humbling day! The Local Missions/History team started out the day with a word from senior Nick Fleming, who shared from 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” He encouraged us to give freely out of a love for God. We then packed the bus full of food and headed to 7 Bridges Ministry.
Once at 7 Bridges, we were quickly greeted by our leader, David, and we got to work packing hundreds of sandwiches. After a circle of prayer, and some dance moves for Jesus, we headed towards downtown Atlanta.
Once in Atlanta, we made several stops. We left the buses and walked on foot to deliver each lunch to the hurting and the homeless of Atlanta. We prayed for, hugged, and encouraged as many people as we could. We visited the homeless under overpasses and others who were in need of a meal in apartment complexes and at The Bluffs. We were escorted by men who worked at 7 Bridges who have experienced the love of Jesus firsthand and were willing to do anything to proclaim his name to the hurting. What a blessing it was to be able to talk and serve with them! I was most struck by the beauty of the Gospel represented in the diversity of our group. Oh, what heaven must be like!
By the end of the afternoon, all 21 of us were able to give out over 100 lunches to people on the streets of Atlanta who were broken and hurting. Almost all of these people asked for and welcomed the chance to have us pray with and for them right there on the spot.
God is so good! We are so thankful for the opportunities he has given us. I truly believe we were the ones being blessed by these people much more than we could ever bless them.
Onward to Thursday!
Ms. Kari Mosbacker
The Local Missions/History team had another great day today! We started out with a devotional thought from senior Connor Frazee, who reminded us that the Lord is always with us through every trial and circumstance.
After a short wait, we headed towards downtown Atlanta for the day. Our first stop was the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site. There we watched a short video about Dr. King and his life before walking through the exhibit. We then walked to see where Dr. King was born and then made the short trek to Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King spent part of his ministry. What a humbling experience!
Next, we walked to Chick-fil-a where we had lunch before heading to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. There, we got to learn all about Jimmy Carter’s life, presidency, and dedication to social justice. We even got to enjoy a few minutes outside! We could not have asked for a more beautiful day!
We look forward to what the Lord has in store tomorrow!
The Local Missions/History team got off to a great start today! Senior Myles Broadie helped start the day off right by leading us in a devotion that was taken from 1 Peter 5:6. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” Myles encouraged each of us to remain humble this week as we serve each other and those in our community in accordance with our theme verse, Philippians 2:3.
After devotions, we loaded the bus and began our drive to Tuskegee, Alabama. When we arrived in Tuskegee, we visited the Tuskegee Airmen Museum. We got to learn about the experiences of the famous Red Tails who fought valiantly in WWII by protecting and escorting American bomber planes during their missions in Europe. The exhibit not only praised the efforts of these men, but also recognized the work of countless others from mechanics to radio operators who made these missions possible. We then got to see a wonderful documentary full of interviews from former Red Tails and Tuskegee Airmen. This museum was not only a powerful reminder of their sacrifice in war, but also recounted their bravery in navigating the tense racial climate of the South during that time.
After visiting the museum and airfield, we stopped in Auburn for lunch (Ms. Mosbacker could barely contain her excitement) before heading back to NCCS! We look forward to a wonderful day in Atlanta tomorrow!