Friday, April 16, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
4 Uber Rides
2 Rental Cars
4 Different Beds
3 Clubs Visited
I drove out to Fallon to see old friends at Parkside Bible Fellowship. AMD Carl Lunderstadt shares the Large Group Lesson to both Sparks and T&T. Gene and Sarah showed me a new "Battleship" game they play with the T&T kids to encourage them to pass more sections. I was even treated to dinner before club. Thank you to everyone at Parkside!!
Mustache Night at Sierra Bible in Truckee
On my way from Pahrump to Battle Mountain, NV I had the chance to drive through Smoky Valley. Beautiful...God did it right.
I flew to Las Vegas, then drove to Bullhead City to see God working at City Bible Church. AMD Julie Arnold and her team started Awana in January this year due to Covid. They are determined to help kids finish their books this year and shared with me the kids are on track as they will pass 3 sections per week. To mitigate Covid risk, City Bible Church plays games outside and the weather in Bullhead City is perfect to do so.
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Friday, March 5, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
Online Bible Quizzing- It was great to see kids from our ministry area engaging in online Bible Quizzing. Thank you to West Coast Honor Camp and their entire team for putting on this wonderful event.
I had the opportunity to set up an information table for weekend services at Summit Christian Church in Sparks, NV as one of their "highlighted ministries". So much fun to engage with their church members and share with them about our ministry so that Awana is seen not as a "program", but as a ministry of the church that evangelizes and disciples the children and families in their community.
What a beautiful drive south along the Eastern Sierra of California to Bishop, CA. I had the opportunity to meet with and share meals with pastors along my way and back.
I was notified by Awana that a new club started at Grace Baptist Church in Fernley, NV. I had breakfast with Pastor Rick Lynn from GBC several years ago and have corresponded with him over this time. Great to see this club take root in Fernley.
Club visit at Sierra Bible Church in Reno. What a great team AMD Christy Cronk has put together. Enjoyed the opportunity to come and visit with the kids and leaders. I was even asked to give a "missionary message" to the Sparks.
Ice Cream Sundae Night at my home church, Sierra Bible Church- Truckee. AMD Ben Lyhne and the Journey students scoop up "The longest ice cream Sundae in Truckee". I love to watch the look in a Cubbie or Sparkies eyes as they watch this ice cream sundae being brought into the building.
Made a trip out to Fallon, NV to see old friends at Parkside Bible Fellowship. Here is AMD Carl Lunderstadt sharing the large group message with the T&T club. Later in the night, he also shares the message with the Sparkies.
We are working with Awana missionaries from Alaska to Georgia and reconnecting with pastors of churches who've dropped Awana over the years and asking them if they might be interested in taking a fresh look at our ministry and how it can benefit their church. There are over 3,000 churches that we are working at reengaging with.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Saturday, January 30, 2021
4 Different beds
1 Rental Car
2 Big bags of sunflower seeds
1 Audio Book and several podcasts
My week got started here at Amargosa Christian Fellowship as I did an Awana Basic Training. Pastor James Attebury and his team at ACF will be starting Awana this winter. They will be reaching out to the school children as the school is directly next to this church. ACF will be hosting Awana right after school, and inviting these children to hear about Jesus. I am really looking forward to seeing how God will use this club to reach the children of Amargosa Valley with the love of Jesus.
Sunday night I had the opportunity to visit Awana at Oasis Baptist Church in Henderson. Awana Ministry Directors Jack and Chanel Walsh have done a great job of maintaining a high level of discipleship in spite of Covid, by partnering with parents and asking them to help their children work in their books and then asking club leaders to record Bible lessons and post them on the club Facebook group during Covid spikes when the club could not meet in person. I was very encouraged.
Wednesday, I traveled to Lake Havasu City and visited Havasu Alliance Church. HAC has hosted an Awana club for 30 years...what a great legacy. Speaking with Pastor Jon Maki, we agreed on the importance of children's ministry related to the long term health of the church. HAC invites children from many of the churches in Lake Havasu City as well as unchurched children. In years past, HAC has used various methods of advertising to attract kids including a Fun Fair, a parade float on "London Bridge Days"and others. However, this year Pastor Jon told me "the kids just showed up"...Praise God!! So thankful for the ministry at Havasu Alliance Church.
Thursday, I drove to Washington, UT near St. George and was blessed to visit Southland Bible Church. Southland Bible Church started Awana this year and it was so exciting to see God working. Awana Ministry Director Daryl and Bethanie Thompson shared with me they have been averaging 75-90 children per week. It was so much fun to see children running, laughing, learning God's word and hearing about Jesus. Daryl and Bethanie shared with me how Awana has invigorated the church and caused the congregation to look up and out into the community. Praising God for all He is doing at Southland.
Long Drive home on Friday. I spent the night Thursday in Mesquite, NV, but there are no shortcuts to get home. While I was gone, Truckee had quite the snowstorm...thank you Judy, Ryan and Jack for clearing the driveway. It was nice to get home and not have to run the snowblower.