Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Break Fix

During March, Impact hosted six college groups and one high school youth group for two weeks of Spring Break service.  Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Murray State University from Kentucky, Abilene Christian University, and Lubbock Christian University sent students to serve 125 children for a week of Vacation Bible School, help clean out the warehouses after our Annual Garage Sale, serve our homeless brothers and sisters, and encourage the staff, elders, and ministers at Impact.  
During the second week of Spring Break, the University of Arkansas from Fort Smith campus ministry and the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ youth group from Van Buren, Arkansas scraped and painted one of our members' home.  They planted a flower and vegetable garden, painted the kitchen, and also painted the bathroom.  Most of us take a nice place to come home to for granted, but after this experience, this group will not take their homes for granted.  Our member is so incredibly grateful and bubbling over with excitement for her sweet family to have a newly painted home in which to live.  

It is one of the greatest experiences to be around college students more interested in making a difference during their week off from school, than skiing in Colorado or tanning in South Padre.  May we all have the perspective of serving the Lord through serving others during our vacation.  Thank you to all of the youth ministers, campus ministers, elders, congregations, and especially parents for raising people that love people!

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