Friday, October 29, 2010

Praying for the Election!

We are praying as the Election gets closer! 

Brian Calley and Rick Snyder (running for Lt. Governor and Governor of Michigan)

Brian Calley was running for State Representative until Rick Snyder asked him to run as Lt. Governor. We were able to help him out in his campaign this summer. He is a Christian and has spoken in our church a few times. We are praying for a difference in the election this year as well as helping other campaigns out! This weekend is big!

Don't forget to vote!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Old Fashioned Day!

We had our Old Fashioned Day last Sunday to start off our Missions Conference.

Some of the girls in our church!

Chess Tournament

Sack Races

Hannah was excited about winning :)

Tug of War

Four legged race

Money in the Hay Stack

Hay Rides

We had a week of meetings with Danny Whetstone for our Missions Conference. The Lord did a great work and it was such a blessing to our church! The Lord is so good!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The War of Special Forces!

A few weeks ago we had a group come to our church called the War of Special Forces. They travel around the country with this ministry. They go to Christian schools for the week and work with the teens while going into the nearest towns and getting the public school kids as well for three nights of the war. It's a great ministry and God has done very miraculous things with it.

We got to spend some time with just the team on the weekend. After church on Sunday nights our church always plays some kind of sport. Usually its volleyball! :)

The first two days the team goes out recruiting in the public schools and wherever they can find teens to invite them in for the war nights on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. There are three teams: The Marine Reacons, The Navy Seals, and The Army Rangers. The team captains are always looking for teens for their teams that week. The nights involve two different games, team competition, trivia questions, food, and a gospel message. Wednesday night they played three way volleyball...

...then tube tug which is always fun to watch the girls get involved! :)
Wednesday night we had a little over 50 teens there and 13 were saved. The Lord did a great work that night. Because we don't have a Christian school the week is geared toward the unsaved. 

The team cheer competition

The Marine Reacons

The Navy Seals

The Army Rangers

On Thursday night they played three way basketball...

....and Spoke Tackle. In this game you can pretty much do anything you want to the people running next to you so you can make it around first. It can get pretty rough! :)

Thursday night in the service was a little rough with some of the kids that came but in the end the Lord got the victory and 5 more kids were saved! We had 67 teens there that night! What a great opportunity!

On Friday night it was tug of war...

Brother Barber (who was taking Dr. Jim Van Gelderen's spot for the week)

...and big ball bowling

Samuel Barber...he is so cute!!!

Some of the Marine Reacon team who won the week!

It was a great week to see what the Lord can do! 24 accepted Christ as their Savior and it was good for our teens to see our mighty how God is. The next Sunday we had 28 teens in our Sunday School which usually runs about 15! The Lord blessed and we are praying to see growth in each of these kids. The neat thing for our family is that two kids from my dad's emotionally impaired class where he works came and one got saved. He has been coming to church ever since then. The Lord is good!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Harvest Fest!

Our family is in charge of the teen ministry here at our church and we thoroughly enjoy it. The Harvest Fest was started by a church in Flushing, MI that had a heart to reach the unsaved youth. Every 4th Saturday in September they do this big event for many churches all over Michigan. There are about 1500 to 2000 teens that come. There is a farmer in the church that has an acre of land that they use to host with games, volleyball tournaments, concession stands, ball dunks, obstacle courses, and a HUGE tent.  

They have an evangelist come in for the day and have three different sessions for preaching. In between there are volleyball tournaments between the churches, the teens can play whatever games they want, and enjoy the competition. There are also two other tents set up for colleges and camps to recruit and present their ministries. Colleges from all over the country come!

Our church made it into the semi final round for the volleyball tournament!

Caleb seeing how fast he can throw! (not fast:)

The obstacle course

The boys group obstacle challenge :) This quite funny to watch!

Human Fuse ball 

The Seniors

Some of the "wonderful" teens :) 

It is a great day...a full and exciting day but yet a great spiritual blessing. We have seen many of our bus kids saved through this and we thank the Lord for this opportunity.