“Today while in church, I was sitting next to a young couple who during the whole sermon where talking, and not whispering either. Rudely talking. I found myself getting irritated at them. For Pete’s sake the Pastor is giving an awesome sermon and you people are distracting me from listening. Subsequently the sermon was about dealing with just that, getting irritated. I felt like they really needed to hear this sermon, it was not just about dealing with anger, but dealing with where you are in your life, dealing with our choices to pound the pavement, not just take a little of what Christ wants for us, but all of it!! I decided to not glare at them like others in the church were doing but to pray that they hear enough to help and for me to love them, not be mad at them. Towards the end of the sermon, because of my own issues with following Christ, I found my eyes welling up with tears. The Pastor then prays, during this time I bow my head, eyes not closed because I know if I close them I will push the forming tears right on out, and i didn’t wear waterproof mascara, lesson learned. Anyway he asks that if there is anyone out there who wants to walk a closer walk with Christ to raise their hand. Both chatty Cathy and her loud talking husband rose their hands, my eyes closed and the tears fell. Tears of joy for them, and tears of abundant thankfulness for the power of Christ. God is good. — feeling loved”
Sponsoring our first global missionaries to Japan. Had a visit from missionaries to India. Saw many relationships developed and built with non-believers in the city. Was able to serve and give to help single moms, recovering addicts and others in need.
Many many good things happened in June! We hosted a totally free football camp, a Splash Bash where we baptized 4 people in the Evergreen Park public pool, and a Barrio Bash that drew out over 600 people. During the time of Bono Baptists mission trip here, they led 7 people to Christ, 4 of which happened at our Barrio Bash. We then hosted a Final Friday art show where we were able connect with the graffiti and performing arts community and partner for our first time with NOMAR international market.
Last week we received a call from one of the sisters of the Church that his nephew L wanted to kill himself. We pray for him and ask God to have mercy on him. His uncle and aunt visited him at his house and invited him to our church and to our surprise God brought him to church and made his prayer of faith to accept Jesus into your heart. Thank God for His love and compassion. L is just 25 years old, we ask for your prayers for their spiritual growth.
We will be moving permanently to The Orpheum on August 18. (Wichita Eagle Story)
Read the recent story NAMB did on City Life.
We had a great week last week for our kids kamp. We averaged in the mid 20’s all week and had one saved. We made many good contacts of new families and we are following up Wednesday night with a BBQ and informational meeting. We passed out over 400 water bottles at the sports park in Andover, and even got a few phone calls inquiring about CenterPoint.
Glory be to God!
Our first mission team came over Memorial day weekend. We had 55 kids in a basketball camp and over 300 people show up for a Memorial Day BBQ and dodgeball tournament! The following Sunday, a single dad from the tournament showed up to church and renewed his faith and joined an Aviator Group. A child from the basketball camp who had never been to church came on Sunday after the camp with his grandma. Then he brought his parents back the next week!