|Last Week was VBS for Crossroads, in co-operation with the church that we rent from. Here is a report on how God worked!|
TIME LAB FUN FACTS
GOD ANSWERED OUR PRAYER FOR EXPANDED BORDERS:
STUDENTS ATTENDED: 98
TOP ATTENDANCE: 84
FAMILIES REACHED: 65
WORKERS: APPROXIMATELY 37
AVERAGE 2s and 3s PARENT ATTENDANCE (NOT INCLUDING FRIDAY): 15
Friday Night Attendance: We have NO idea, BUT we served 175 hot dogs.
HEARD ABOUT TIME LAB:
IGLESIA DEL PUEBLO DE DIOS: 15
CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH:11
VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH:10
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: 6
SAW YOUR SIGN:1
EMMA D Team Orange
DAVID B Team Green
Special Prayer Request:
Two of the families that attended Time Lab, stayed all week with their 2-3 year olds, and had kids in older classes, were Mormon. One of them is actually a Lay Preacher in the Mormon Church. Not only did they respectfully listen to the gospel taught from the Bible all week, they brought another Mormon family with them for Friday Family Night. They spent a significant time asking PT many questions about the Bible, what we believe, and how our church functions. Their motives appeared to be pure, as they were seeking answers with no attempt to take over or convert. Please pray for wisdom as we follow up on these families, that their eyes would be open to the false teachings of their religion and that would see their need for Jesus as their Savior.
Many of us have been praying for opportunities to minister to families with toddlers and pre-schoolers, as we currently do not have that age group in our congregation. There were 30 kids that attended this week in that age group. Pray that God will continue to give opportunities to encourage those parents and teach the youngest precious children.
We are praying that God will send at least 50 of the kids that attended Time Lab to Answer's Academy and Aftershock Youth, on Wednesday Nights this fall. MANY families indicated that they want MORE of this quality teaching for their children.
Parent feedback on the quality of our staff was OVERWHELMING. Since Discipleship is one of our core values, it is a HUGE praise that God has equipped our church with so many amazing teachers. Pray that God will continue to work through us to impact many more children for Christ. Time Lab was a first step to discipleship. It will take time and effort to follow up on these families and move them from the crowd into the core.
It will take time to see the direct results of TIME LAB. If God blesses us with visitors in the next few weeks, we have encouraged our core families to invite them to sit with their families, and to show them where their children go for classes, where the coffee is, where the restrooms are, etc. And, if possible, work on connecting with them outside of the church building (social media, play dates, etc.)
TIME LAB was a body of Christ effort, with everyone from Crossroads doing their part, giving sacrificially to ensure that our community was impacted with the GOSPEL. We are very thankful that we had two workers from sister churches: Lucas Clover from Sunrise Valley Baptist, San Jose, and Joan Andrews from Deaf Baptist Church join us to help. Even our BCP Director of Missionary Care, Herb and Wanda Taylor were able to visit us one night and pitched right in to help. We received materials and decorations from Poland Village Baptist Church, OH and Charity Baptist Church, Rio Rancho, NM. Today, the resources were packaged up and sent on to two churches in Germany, where a Crossroads family that is in the military previously attended. We truly could not have effectively reached so many families without tall this help and your prayers and support. Our harvest is your harvest. Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust, He will not forget your work, and the love you showed for HIS name, when you served the Saints - and you continue to serve them.