Thanks to Susan Parsons for posting this video of “One Spotless Lamb”. Kids in our youth group went on tour in the spring of 1991 performing this play in churches around the northeast. I make my debut at 1:13 with my (still) best friend Ruel Smith. We bust out some sweet dance moves at 2:13. Yep. That’s him in the front and me in the back. All I remember was how hot it was in there and praying that Ruel didn’t eat tacos the night before. lol!
Today we went to Farmingdale to work at Hope For The Future – a ministry which works with street people and those in need. We arrived an hour before they opened, so we contacted God4Me Christian bookstore which is just around the corner and offered to come over and serve there instead of just sitting around. Our students folded clothes, broke down boxes, and did some organizing. To thank us, the bookstore gave each of our team members a CD by Lincoln Brewster (who’s really awesome by the way!). We then went to Hope For The Future where Pastor Diane Dunn gave us an orientation and told us about the ministry, then got us to work in the warehouse. We unloaded a food truck, sorted the food, and organized it. After a brief break for lunch we put together bags of food which were distributed this evening to those in need. It was a fantastic day. Our kids worked hard and were inspired by Pastor Diane and her passion for Jesus and loving His people. So proud of our students! See all the pics here.
This morning we took a team of 16 and drove out east to Bellport where we partnered with Lighthouse Mission. We toured their facilities, worked in the warehouse for about an hour, then went out and helped with their food truck/street outreach. In addition to setting up, serving, and tearing down, our team had the great privilege of praying with many of the 100 or so people who were there to receive food. It was such a joy seeing our students engaging in conversation, sharing their faith in Jesus, and lifting the needs of people to God in prayer. So proud of them! See all the pics here.
Today 17 Sr. High students joined us for Love Long Island Day 1. We went to the EOC in Manhasset where we worked to clear space and assemble and install shelves for the new Shelter Rock food pantry. Our team was able to get everything ready for inspection and hopefully very soon we will approved to begin receiving and distributing food to those in need in our community. We also walked the neighborhood of the EOC and picked up 15 industrial sized bags of trash, beautifying the area and showing that we care because God cares. So proud of our students! See all the pictures here.
I saw this story on ESPN last night. What a fascinating, inspirational young man! I love seeing him teaching little kids at the end. Every life has value and potential. Never count people out!