spent a good day on friday with New Hoper Todd Morris who was on business in the springfield, mo area. he was kind to serve as my driver since i had some time to hang. we grabbed lunch at panera and then he dropped me off at hope community church (love the thread God is weaving…new hope…hope church…present hope tour). once the team was a assembled we walked through introductions. amazing hearts all. as part of our introductions we had to talk about our fears. there was real encouragement that all of us share similar fears…insignifiance…injury….failure. it was a blessing to hear the stories from each of our team members. such incredible diversity and passion for Jesus. Big church…small church…vocational leaders, volunteer leaders…but all committed to leverage our effort to raise awareness for the those devastated by the tornadoes in joplin and tuscaloosa. i mentioned in an earlier post the team has a huge personal connection as Aaron Brown lead pastor of St Pauls UMC in Joplin is on the team.
here’s a quick video from yesterday.
what’s up for today is a early bike to convoy of hope’s hq here. convoy is leveraging the rebuilding in these communities and a major sponsor of this ride. i love convoy’s mission. for those at new hope you may remember our EVO student ministry hosted a concert – Rocking for Haiti – two weeks after the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and our students and community raised over $2,000 for recovery efforts there.
one of our other key sponsors is Hello Somebody…Hello Somebody is a non-profit brand that exists to impact and change the world through love, passion and creativity. Their purpose is simple: feed the hungry around the globe. Each of the team members got a sweet watch to help communicate the message.
on another note…Venture Expeditions has provided team kits which includes spandex shorts. to be honest this a huge stretch (pun intended) for the most of us on the team. i’ll write more about that later…and maybe send a photo.
my hope is to share a prayer concern each day…one that the team is working through together. today we want to pray specifically for Convoy of Hope. Their mission…their work…that our (yours and mine) donation will be inspiring gift to them. We preay that the Present: Hope Tour will be a reminder for those we encounter of the damages and cost of natural disasters. We will be doing a 9 mile bike ride with Pastor Aaron today in Joplin. We’ll be meeting with families who have lost everything…please pray that our presence will be a blessing.
please leave a comment that you’re praying…many are looking at my blog…your words will be a huge encouragement to all of us.