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VBS 2013 SCC

VBS 2013, “Zapped”, was an incredible week for elementary age children at both our Stewarts Creek and Smyrna campuses. Numbers only tell part of the story. But, they do give a great glimpse of the impact of our faith community serving families in Rutherford County and beyond. Over 1200 children participated in VBS between our two Rutherford County campuses. VBS 2013 saw more kids worshiping, connecting, and serving than ever at a LifePoint children’s environment. 300+ adult and student leaders gave their energy and time to produce a caring and fun environment. Children heard about the love of Jesus, connected in relationships, and engaged in tangible activities to bless others outside the circles of our church.

VBS 2013 SMYHow wonderful for children to be setting the pace for mission. What an inspiration to see boys and girls embracing the beginnings to live sent. Read these accomplishments for the Kingdom by our children:

  1. Children decorated water bottle labels with verses and prayers that are being distributed to the homeless this summer (a partnership with LifePoint Room in the Inn).
  2. Kids assembled packages for foster care families with toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brush, stuffed animal, coloring book, crayons, and a hand-made card. They are going to kids on their first night after being placed in a foster home (partnering with Rutherford County Foster Parent Association).
  3. We had such a great response from our school supply bags we gave out last year that many local schools asked for them again this year. Kids assembled bags with basic school supplies such as pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, glue, rulers, and erasers.
  4. Boys and girls put together bags of snacks with hand-made cards for families at the Ronald McDonald home.
  5. Money was given for LifePoint’s mission trip to South Mexico. The money we donated went to purchase stoves for many Mayan families. Between both campuses the kids raised over $6800. The money is VBS 2013 Offeringgoing to support daily mission projects and the Mayan families.

Thank you parents for making the time and taking the effort to allow boys and girls to participate in activities that will shape their worldview. Leaders and volunteers, way to go!

The Lord is Faithful.

You have prayed for LifePoint Brussels to find the right place to call a home and God has answered. So many of you gave to the One Day Offering helping us reach our goal of a larger space so we can gather more men, women, and children to hear and respond to Jesus. Kyle Goen (LP Brussels Campus Pastor) and Daniel Christensen (LP Brussels Community Outreach Director) signed a lease this week on an office space that will become the new gathering place for our community called LifePoint Brussels. During the week LP BRU lives sent out across Brussels for ministry and outreach. They also gather weekly to worship as an expression of the body of Christ.

The LP Brussels community will begin weekly gatherings in the new place on June 16. As we prepare for that first gathering in our new place, the owners will build-out a kitchen area and a children’s meeting area for our growing Kid’s Ministry. Their current space is approximately 700 square feet for gatherings and ministry. The new location will allow LP Brussels to work with 1800 square feet plus common spaces and a restroom facility. We are the renting 4th floor office space for multi-use all throughout the week and weekend.

Thanks to our Heavenly Father for answering the prayers of His people. Thank you for praying on behalf of LifePoint Brussels and the team who are working hard to bring Glory to His name alone. Please continue to partner with us as a team as we seek to live for Him.

Brussels Space Outside

LP BRU will be on the 4th floor (top).

Brussels Space Inside

Dan is standing at the half-way point in the room. This space will allow us to accommodate over 100 people in the gathering after the room for the kids ministry.

One Day BKKImagine reasoning that the only way to support your family is to sacrifice yourself physically, nightly in the darkest corners of society. Women in many places around the world, including Thailand, feel caught with no where to turn but to the last place they want to go…into an industry of sacrificing themselves so their family can survive. This is the life and incredibly difficult destination of thousands of women in Bangkok. The hurt is so great, our LP Bangkok team has discovered prostitutes outnumber Christians 4 to 1 in the city where we have been sent.

Along with our partner Benita and the Home of New Beginnings, LifePoint wants to show these women Jesus loves them and has a life of hope and wholeness. What a privilege and responsibility we have to make a difference! We will give and sacrifice one day’s salary through the One Day Offering so women can be “purchased” out of prostitution for an evening. During the evening, women will experience a dinner where they will be introduced to Jesus, given a sense of family as they are surrounded by the Body of Christ, and honored as creations of our Heavenly Father.

The need is enormous. The challenge and opportunity to give is clear: for the faith family of LifePoint Church to give one day’s salary as an offering above our tithes so:

Pray for your obedience and faith as we give. Pray for the resources we joyfully give to the work of the Kingdom to be multiplied beyond our own efforts. Pray for the lost and hurting to know the love of hope of Jesus.

Last week, we shared the One Day Offering initiative to support and serve Foster Children and the families who care for them. This week we are focusing on our second initiative: Making Him Known in Brussels.

The impact of LifePoint Brussels is increasing in a nation where less than one percent of the population claims to know Jesus Christ. In Belgium today, grandparents may attend mass from time to time, parents are Catholic “culturally” but don’t practice the Catholic faith and students do not claim any religious affiliation.

Adults, children, students and now interns are living incarnationally to display the love and life of Jesus. LifePointer’s connect each day with people in Brussels as they are going throughout their day-to-day life and routines. The primary ways include each day in schools, neighborhoods, and markets. They are also purposefully creating spaces to meet with people as they host groups, meet-ups, and English conversation groups. In Brussels, LifePoint’ers serve refugees and people caught in the snares of human trafficking.

As a result, LifePoint Brussels is out of room and space for their Sunday Gathering. Would you give to the One Day Offering enabling new space to be created for more people to learn what it means to be a follower and learner of the life of Jesus.  Together, we can provide more room so more disciples can be made for the Kingdom of God.

You can follow LifePoint Brussels on Facebook and see recent photos showing their reach and impact.

One Day Offering

We had such an amazing time in Brazil at the end of March; our team was comprised of 27 students and 3 adults. At first it seemed too large a group, but God planned it that way to enable us to do a lot of work with such a short time frame. God set the stage for us the entire way; through the exact number of people and his protection through all security and flights, it was such a great experience for these students and me. AMO, our partner in Brazil, is as strong as ever, the Lord is using them in such amazing ways. He is providing people and connections to spread the name of Jesus Christ in the harshest conditions I’ve seen.

Brazil Sending Team and AMOFor the over 200+ LifePoint’ers who have traveled to Sao Paulo to work with AMO, the people we remember as kids and teens are now leading Bible studies, house visits, presenting the Gospel, and being the hands and feet of the church. That last sentence brings a great amount of joy for me to say; yes 200+ different people have traveled to Brazil from our church. #BeyondSunday = living outside of the walls and living sent!

Easter Sunday morning, we gathered with 160-170 Brazilians. It was a thing of beauty during worship, hearing multiple languages sing praises to God! Students in BrazilThese lyrics rang out;

Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of Salvation
He rose & conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

I stood amazed at how BIG our God really is; He has and always will be our Savior who can do anything! Throughout the rest of the week all of our students were able to present the Gospel to people in communities and in the Favelas (slums in Brazil). Brazilians were seeing and hearing the love of Christ from students that LifePoint sent out. It was such an amazing thing to see our students move in obedience to God and to step out of their comfort zones to present people with His Love.

Worship Gathering in BrazilI had multiple moments of pure JOY seeing our students walk alongside AMO in fellowship and in sharing their testimonies with people who don’t know Christ in the Favelas. I am humbled and blessed to be a part of a church that sends when God calls. I am beyond blessed to know that our friends at AMO in Brazil are sharing the Gospel and presenting God in His truth to all the people of Sao Paulo! Our ROOTS are set firm in that country as everyone in Brazil tells stories of how God showed them love through someone from LifePoint and how they are forever changed by Jesus Christ bridging the gap to God for them.

Post by Justin Morton. Justin is husband to Amber Morton, Smyrna Campus LP Preschool Director, and dad to Joanna. Justin has led several trips of students and adults to Brazil as a Sending Division Leader at LifePoint. Known to many as ‘Coach’ or ‘Morton’, Justin lives sent locally as a high school teacher and football coach at Smyrna High School. You can connect with Justin on twitter and Facebook.

If you are interested in participating in a LifePoint Sending Experience, you can read more on the Sending Global page and make contact with leaders.

Prayer in Brazil