Our travel day yesterday went incredibly well, making good enough time to be able to attend North Point Church and hear Andy Stanley preach about recent current events and how we as Christians need to respond. This opened our hearts to prime our team for the coming week encountering different cultures.
This morning we met up with the team from Encompass for an orientation to their ministry and the city of Atlanta. They taught us about the many unreached people groups in our world and that God has a heart for the nations. Lunch was a fun experience at an international farmer’s market/grocery where we each picked snacks to buy and share with everyone, trying all sorts of new things. We are here to be learners and in the afternoon, we were able to split into three groups and run a kids camp in each locations. Three students explained each of their experiences:
Today we went to the Haitian Location, which was located right by the church we were working with, in a strip mall and got to work with about 15 kids. These kids were very relational based and so most of our time was spent letting them braid the girls’ hair and giving them piggy back rides. We also had the opportunity to perform a skit, create a craft, and play games, which were all based on our theme for the week: cooperation.
Our location was a little different than we expected it to be, but I loved it! I got the amazing opportunity to go to Reach the Nations church, which is located within the most racially diverse square mile within the United States. All the kids seemed to cling to us leaders, and really enjoy the games we played to get them engaged, which included Simon says, dancing squares, and ninja. I can’t even express in words how much these kids crave attention it was so cool to get to connect with them on that level. I loved being able to watch the people in my group including the leaders, truly love on the kids and give of themselves to serve, especially the skit team. Day 1 went great and I can’t wait to see how God will work the rest of this week!!!
Oh man what an amazing day!!! Today my location team went to Shallowford Garden Apartments in one of the culturally diverse neighborhoods. The people there were Hispanic and we got to perform a skit and play soccer with them. They were very receptive for meeting us for the first time.
Continue to pray for us tomorrow as we move on to Day 2 of our kids camp and learn about Hinduism as we visit a temple.