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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!

“We really don’t know the impact of the small things that we do to touch the lives of people, but they make a difference,” says Scott Foster, the executive director of Journey Home, a ministry to the homeless of Rutherford county located near the center of Murfreesboro.

Sending Saturday

LifePoint Church sent 40 volunteers to the Journey Home to do Spring cleaning, painting, along with preparing and serving hot meals to 70 homeless men and women.

Scott adds, “We believe that having a nice place for people to come says we value you and think you are special. Many people have already commented this morning on how nice things look. There are many ways to love people, and God calls us to all of them. Please pass on to the congregation our sincere thanks for Saturday’s work as well as the ongoing monthly support for our community cafe. We are blessed to be able to work with LifePoint!”

The project at Journey home was part of a larger community event known as, “Sending Saturday.” LifePoint Smyrna and LifePoint Stewarts Creek sent over 150 volunteers to five different locations to serve in a variety of ways.

“This event is only one way our church connects with people in our local community,” according to Tim Patterson, Director of LifePoint Sending. “Through this event we want to highlight the great things happening in our community and Sending Saturday Mealdemonstrate how people can make a difference through simple acts of service. Our church scatters throughout our community every week to serve in multiple ways. Through Sending Saturday we hope to mobilize many more from our church to live sent wherever God leads them to serve.

Other projects from Sending Saturday included a packing party for ONEless Ministries, where over 40 from LifePoint put together hundreds of care kits for victims of human trafficking. Cortney Bartemus, Director for ONEless said, “I had some great conversations about people wanting to learn more and become more involved. We are honored and thankful to be a LifePoint partner. You all did a great job with Sending Saturday!” You can also follow ONEless on twitter.

A group of twelve adults and eight children worked at a local elementary school where over 60 percent of the families speak English as a second language. They painted five rooms and helped ten teachers from the school with Spring cleaning. One of the children commented to his parents, “Wow, I did not realize how much fun this would be! When can we do this again?” The principal was impressed with what the volunteers accomplished, “I wanted to express my heartfelt thank you for your assistance on Saturday. Your team was wonderful, and I so appreciate the assistance they provided in our building. I hope that we can work together in the future.”

Another project was with “Shepherd’s Closet,” a ministry that helps foster families with the practical needs that they encounter with foster children. A dozen volunteers spent Friday night and most of the day Saturday cleaning out and organizing the clothing closet for this ministry.

Wherry Housing Community Servants, a long-time partner with LifePoint in ministry with the local immigrant community, saw over 40 volunteers do renovation and construction work on several homes and a new ministry center. Melissa Wilhoite tweeted:

Had so much fun doing demolition work at Wherry Housing today! Enjoyed serving! @mjwilhoite

If you would like to learn more about local opportunities for serving in middle Tennessee, visit LifePoint’s Local Sending page or contact LP Sending Ministry Assistant Summer McKinney to connect with a local ministry. You can follow LifePoint Sending on twitter.

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.

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

One Day Offering

Our first One Day Offering of 2013 highlights opportunities that will change the lives of children in Foster Care locally, individuals and families in Brussels, and women caught in the darkest of chains in Thailand. In this post, we want you to read about the need to serve and impact children in Foster Care in our local community. We have the opportunity to give together and support the incredible actions of Foster parents who are taking on the great task of caring for children whose families are broken. As they welcome children into a new family, they need the encouragement of the Body of Christ for the journey.

As members of the Kingdom of God, our Heavenly Father directs us throughout His word to serve the fatherless. Our community and county has too many children without healthy families. So many are enduring hardship because of absent parents or parents going through difficult circumstances. The One Day Offering in May 2013 will support Shepherd’s Supply Clothing Closet of the Rutherford County Foster Parent Association (find them on Facebook). Shepherd’s Supply Clothing Closet serves every child (age newborn to age 17 years) that enters into the Foster Care system and resides in Rutherford County, TN. Their work includes supplying children in foster care with new or gently used age appropriate clothing, new personal hygiene items, and school supplies at no cost.

The work of the Shepherd’s Supply Clothing Closet started out of as a great need for foster families. Foster parents have a large amount of supplies and resources they need when they get the call for children needing their love and home. Their response is immediate and often with little ability to prepare for the specific needs of the children they will love and parent. The Clothing Closet allows parents to easily get what they need so they can focus on loving children. We can help these wonderful foster parents so they don’t have to choose shopping and errands over loving hurting and confused children. We can share the love of Christ through clothes, car seats, and cribs. As you pray for your involvement in the One Day Offering know that you are helping remove the stress of material things so foster parents can focus on eternal things. Many of these families are our own LifePoint families.

We give together as a faith family on May 5 in our Worship Gatherings. You can also give today or anytime online.