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AWAKEN 2018 Recap // Days Three and Four

We cannot believe that this week is almost over! Day three started with our college pastor, Carl Gulley, challenging us through taking a look at the life of David. We came together again in the afternoon to hear from Nate Hutcherson and Caroline Doolittle speak on tending to your heart. We finished our day with more park and neighborhood outreaches where we shared the gospel and prayed for people. On day four, we heard from Maddie Phenix at our morning session and had a kickball tournament between the different sections in the afternoon. To end the day, we did park outreaches and hosted a carnival. God is on the move and we are excited to be a part!

One big team did a flash mob while out on a mall outreach. Check it out!

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LAST COUPLE OF DAYS //

We share testimonies every morning, and are filled with faith for what God wants to continue to do in and through us.

We kick everyday off with worship. It is always refreshing to start our day in the presence of God.

On Tuesday, we took the afternoon to hear from Caroline Doolittle and Nate Hutcherson as they shared about tending your heart.

Each year we have a kickball tournament between big teams, and it is a blast!

After some down time, we head out to outreaches in the afternoons.

We are so filled with faith for the people of the Rio Grande Valley. God is on the move and we are so thankful to be a part!

In addition to outreaches at the parks, we have also hosted carnivals at the Echo Hotel.

We love getting to serve and do outreach alongside everyone on our big teams. Each day ends with team time! There is nothing better than gathering together to share testimonies and encouragements.

TODAY, PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR:

  • The last of our carnivals to draw in the people of Edinburg so they can hear the Gospel.
  • Our students to be energized and encouraged as they go out today with fresh boldness.
  • The last of our outreaches to be fruitful and for people to have responsive hearts.
A huge thank you to our amazing volunteer photographers for helping us this week: Fadi Salem, Isaac Overton, Josh Lo, Sydney Cope, Rebecca Burris and Sarah Berlinsky

AWAKEN 2018 Recap // Day Two

The second day of AWAKEN was amazing! We had our first morning session where Luke Whyte talked on the father heart of God before we headed out to service projects all around the city. We ended our day with multiple outreaches in parks as well as neighborhoods.

HERE IS A LOOK AT OUR SECOND DAY

We start every morning with worship, there is nothing like coming together to praise Jesus!

Luke Whyte kicked off our first session with a powerful message on the father heart of God.

After our morning session, we headed out to various work sites across the city.

It is so fun to serve the city alongside the rest of our big teams.

Prayer brings transformation and healing, and we are not only believing for the people of the Rio Grande Valley to be healed, but also our students.

We love sharing testimonies because it stirs our faith and raises our expectancy for all God is going to do.

We believe people’s lives are getting transformed! We take opportunities to share the gospel and pray with people whenever we can.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH US IN PRAYER!

Pray for// 
  • Good weather for the rest of the week
  • Our students to be responsive and encounter Jesus in the morning sessions
  • The people of Edinburg to have open hearts to respond to the gospel
A HUGE thank you to our amazing volunteer photographers for helping us this week: Fadi Salem, Isaac Overton, Josh Lo, Sydney Cope, Rebecca Burris and Nate Emerson.

AWAKEN 2018 Recap // Day One

AWAKEN, our College Ministry’s annual spring break mission trip, is finally here! More than 350 college students and leaders headed down to Edinburg, Texas for the week to share the love of Jesus and serve the community in the the Rio Grande Valley.

Today was the first full day and college students went to churches in the area. After lunch at the beloved Echo Hotel, they went to parks to meet and pray with people, and to put on sets that include a dance, drama, testimony and sharing the gospel

HERE IS A LOOK AT THEIR FIRST FULL DAY

Students went to churches across the area, and had a chance to worship together, share testimonies and hear from local leaders.

Students went to parks throughout the area for their first round of outreaches.

There are always a ton of kids at the parks, and playing with them is a blast!

While at the parks, our drama team creatively portrays the gospel for everyone who gathers around.

We believe our prayers are powerful and effective! // We love having the opportunity to pray with people at the parks.

This year we have nine big teams! Each team goes to different areas of the city to share and engage with the people in the area.

Throughout the week we will post updates on all that God is doing in Edinburg so stay tuned for more blog recaps! Also, please pray for students to encounter God and be empowered to share the gospel as God prepares the hearts of individuals and families who will hear the gospel this week.

A HUGE thank you to our amazing volunteer photographers helping us this week: Fadi Salem, Issac Overton, Josh Lo, Sydney Cope, Rebecca Burris and Nate Emerson.

Awaken 2017: Day 4

Our week is almost over, and we can’t believe it! We had another great day hearing from our associate college pastor Maddie Phenix at our morning session, followed by a restful afternoon at the hotel. We ended the day with another carnival and other outreaches. God is moving in big ways and we are thankful to be a part!

The Bible says that we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. We share testimonies at each of our morning sessions to stir faith in the room and to celebrate what God is doing.

We are so thankful for our worship team that continues to lead us in to the presence of God. Our worship time have been powerful!

Maddie Phenix shared on the power of the Holy Spirit and how He is still active in our lives. We were challenged and encouraged!

We had our third carnival of the week and it was a blast!

The day started out with rain, but thankfully it cleared up by the time our carnival began!

The carnivals create a space to share the love of Jesus with entire families! Many children are being stirred to invite Jesus in to their hearts!

Today join us in praying for:

  • The weather to clear up for our last carnival
  • For our students to be filled with fresh energy and boldness as we go out today
  • For our last round of outreaches to be fruitful and for people to have open hearts

Awaken 2017: Day 3

We are having an amazing trip so far! We started of day three with our morning session and and our college pastor, Carl Gulley, talked about Kingdom authority. We came together in the afternoon again and heard from Ricky Chelette, leader of Living Hope Ministries. We wrapped up our day with another round of block parties, carnivals and park outreaches where we shared the Gospel and prayed for people.

TAKE A LOOK:

Most morning sessions usually start out with a dance party and it is a blast!

There is nothing sweeter than gathering each morning to worship and enter in to the presence of God.

Ricky Chelette of Living Hope Ministries, shared a powerful message with us on gender and sexuality.

We are so thankful for our drama teams! They share the story of the Gospel for people, and pave the way for people to know Jesus.

Each night many people gather to watch the Gospel presentation and we have seen many people give their lives to Jesus!

The people of this area are so kind and willing to share their stories with us. They are also so open to hearing what we have to share!

The carnivals we host each day give us an amazing opportunity to share with many people. Fifty people gave their lives to Jesus at our first carnival, and we are expectant for more!

Today, join us in praying for:

  • More salvations! People are hungry and we praying for many to know the love of Jesus.
  • Our students to be filled with boldness as they share the Gospel and pray with people
  • Clear weather and fruitful outreaches

A special shout out to our amazing photographers: Will Aker, Lexy Bishop and Garett Larson!

 

Awaken 2017: Day 2

We had an amazing second day at AWAKEN! We had our first morning session, followed by service projects in various locations across the city. We ended our day with multiple outreaches, including a carnival, block parties and park outreaches.

CHECK IT OUT:

We had our first morning session yesterday, and it was powerful!

Our senior pastor Jimmy Seibert shared with us on the father heart of God.

We love getting to roll up our sleeves and serve the people of Edinburg.

We picked up trash in a local neighborhood, served at various churches and did yard work for most of the afternoon.

Each year the Echo Hotel helps us host carnivals at the hotel as a way to bring people in.

We love getting to serve and play with the kids at the carnival and at each of our outreaches.

There is power in prayer, and we believe people’s lives are getting transformed. We take opportunities to share the Gospel and pray with people whenever we can.

Continue to join us in prayer this week! Pray for:

  • Good weather for the rest of the week
  • Our students to encounter Jesus and have powerful morning sessions
  • The people of Edinburg to have open hearts and respond to Jesus

Special shout out to our amazing photographers: Will Aker, Fissy Jejelowo, Lexy Bishop and Kassy Martinez.

Awaken 2017: Day 1

AWAKEN, our College Ministry’s annual spring break mission trip, is officially here! Each year more than 400 college students and leaders head to Edinburg, Texas, excited to share the love of Jesus and serve the people of the Rio Grande Valley.

TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR FIRST FULL DAY:

The morning was spent attending churches throughout the area. Some of our students had the opportunity to help lead worship!

After some down time at the hotel, students headed out on their first round of outreaches.

Our dance teams kick off each of the outreaches.

There are always a ton of kids at the parks, and playing with them is a blast!

We believe our prayers are powerful and effective! // We love having the opportunity to pray with people at the parks.

Each day ends with team time! There is nothing better than gathering together to share testimonies and encouragements

Throughout the week we want to bring you in on all God is doing in Edinburg, so stay tuned for more recaps. And please join us in praying for God to prepare the hearts of individuals and families in Edinburg who will hear the Gospel this week.

 

Shout out to our amazing volunteer photographers for helping us out this week: Will Aker, Bethany Hicks and Kassy Martinez,

 

AWAKEN 2016: Day 5

Our last full day of AWAKEN was awesome! We started the morning off with a message from Don Steadman about our call to not keep what we have, but share with all nations. The Gospel isn’t a story meant for American culture, it is meant for all people. We had our second carnival and had park outreaches where we had the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with many people and pray for them.

We head back to Waco today! Please join us in praying for safe travel and for the seeds of the Gospel that were planted during our time in Edinburg to take root.

We heard a powerful message from Don Steadman this morning about stepping out, sharing the Gospel and building community around the world.

We heard a powerful message from Don Steadman this morning about stepping out, sharing the Gospel and building community around the world.

Prayer is powerful!

Prayer is powerful! We loved having the opportunity to share the Gospel and pray with kids. We were all made to respond to the message of Jesus and no one is too young.

We had a blast playing with the kids at the carnival

We had a blast playing with the kids at the carnival.

Many people gathered at the carnival and had the opportunity to see the Gospel portrayed by our drama and then respond.

Many people gathered at the carnival and had the opportunity to see the Gospel portrayed by our drama and then respond.

 

Day 5 - 9

It was a beautiful last day in Edinburg but we are excited to head back to Waco!

 

AWAKEN 2016: Day 4

Day four was great! We started things off by hearing a powerful message from our senior pastor, Jimmy Seibert, on the power of the Holy Spirit. We also had our 2nd annual kickball tournament. The rainy weather in the afternoon and evening kept us from having our outreaches, but instead we were able to have a powerful night of worshiping and encountering God with with our teams. Today, Thursday, is our last full day. Pray for us to continue to encounter God and for the weather to clear up so we can have our second carnival tonight!

Before each morning session, the students have huge dance parties and it's a blast!

Before each morning session, the students have huge dance parties and it’s a blast!

We loved hearing from Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert this morning. We learned about the power the Holy Spirit has in our lives and in the lives of others.

We loved hearing from Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert this morning. We learned about the power the Holy Spirit has in our lives and in the lives of others.

rain or shine, our kickball tournament was so much fun! Associate College Pastor Maddie Phenix led us in the national anthem before we started.

Rain or shine, our kickball tournament was so much fun! Associate College Pastor Maddie Phenix led us in the national anthem before we started.

Congrats to Team Intentional Friends on taking home the kickball title right before the rain shut things down.

Congrats to Team Intentional Friends on taking home the kickball title!

Team time is always refreshing and fun! We love coming together to hear testimonies, celebrate all God has done throughout our trip and play games together!

Team time is always refreshing and fun! We love coming together to hear testimonies, celebrate all God has done throughout our trip and play games together!

AWAKEN 2016: Day 3

We started off the morning off hearing testimonies, engaging in worship and being equipped with a message from Susan Peters about how to get and stay free. We hosted our 2nd annual carnival where people from around the city came and had the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Our teams also had the opportunity to pray for healing for people who came. We WILL and we DO see the goodness of God in the land of the living!

Our morning session was amazing! Susan Peters shared her story and equipped us in how to get free and stay free.

Our morning session was amazing! Susan Peters shared her story and equipped us in how to get free and stay free.

After our morning session, we had some time time and had a blast hanging out at The Echo.

After our morning session, we had some time time and had a blast hanging out at The Echo.

The weather was perfect for our 2nd annual carnival.

The weather was perfect for our 2nd annual carnival.

We love getting to play with the kids and share the Gospel with them. Everyone was made to hear and respond to the Gospel, no matter how old they are.

We love getting to play with the kids and share the Gospel with them. Everyone was made to hear and respond to the Gospel, no matter how old they are.

Despite it being a little windy, many people gathered at our park outreach to hear the story of Jesus.

Despite it being a little windy, many people gathered at our park outreach to hear the story of Jesus.

 

Sometimes outreaches look like going door-to-door and hearing people's stories.

Sometimes outreaches look like going door-to-door and hearing people’s stories.

Another day ended at our favorite hotel. Pray that we continue to have fruitful outreaches.

Another day ended at our favorite hotel. Pray that we continue to have fruitful outreaches.

*Shout out to our volunteer photographers who are capturing these amazing moments for our blog! Big thanks to Aimee Bennett, Lexy Bishop, Christina Fakhoury, Maggie Geiler, Destiny Gonzalez, Kim Martinez and Dannielle Perez!