Today was another incredible day in Atlanta! We began with chicken biscuits again! But there have been no complaints about multiple days of Chick-fil-A.
This morning Tim and Ashley taught the students about the differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. It was eye-opening to many the similarities between the three. It was interesting learning how little deviances from the truth we know to be found in God’s word can fundamentally change what someone believes. We learned practical ways to share with classmates and friends who are Muslim and Jewish.
We then got to head to our ministry sites again! This was what the students look forward to the most. The common occurrence has been tons and tons of kids at our sites which is so encouraging! Today our bible story was Doubting Thomas. A few teams used a skit to show the story in an exciting way that reached the kids really well. We had another block party tonight that went smoothly and was a ton of fun. We even had a kid accept Christ because of the singing of our choir and worship through song. What a beautiful reminder that the Lord 100% works mightily through worship when his people sing his praises. The last day of going to our ministry sites is bittersweet as we have to say goodbye to all the sweet kids we’ve gotten to know and love.
Everyone is tired but so enthusiastic to keep going and knows that our exhaustion is for the sake of the Gospel and serving these communities. We are so thankful for your support and prayer for this trip and for everything that has gone into it!
Keep on praying!
– Jimbo Aldridge
Thursday we had an even better turn out at our VBS sites than the previous days which was so encouraging. It was our last full day and a great note to end on. In the afternoon, all our groups went to the Georgetown Apartment complex and hosted a block party for the community. We had lots of people come and we were able to have many Gospel centered conversations through our time there. We did a concert for them, face painted, made crafts, grilled hot dogs, played basketball, and much more!
We ended the day with worship and group time. It was so good to come together as a church and hear how the Lord has been working all week in each different group, each different conversation, in different ways!
Friday morning we will head to the WWII museum in downtown NOLA, eat at Bubba Gump Shrimp company and then head home! Please pray for our team as we travel back to Opelika. We are so thankful for God’s faithfulness to provide for us and reveal Himself to us this week. What a special week in Louisiana!
We’re excited to kickoff the new year reading through scripture this year! If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late to join us. We’re using the One Year Bible plan on the YouVersion app. Link: bible.com/r/y
This week we’ve been in Genesis, Matthew, Psalms, and Proverbs. It’s a good reminder that as the story of scripture begins in the OT book of Genesis, it is all one big story leading up to the coming of our Savior in Matthew.
Scripture is living and active and applicable to your life! Jump in with us and follow along so that you can grow in your faith!
When I read today’s devotion on dependability it resonated with me immediately. Dependability is a quality that I strive to possess. This devo made a good point that the best of us are most likely pretty dependable and I completely agree with that. It’s so important to be a reliable friend, son or student – what really matters is whether or not we are reliable to God. Luke 2:22-33 distinguished that for me. In order to be a reliable person to our friends and family, we first need to have consistency in our relationship with God. To solve any problem you need to find its source and start there. It may be hard to realize, but I’ve learned that every tiny thing in our life that seems insignificant directly relates to our spiritual relationship with God. That applies to being a reliable person.
How can I be a reliable person to everyone in my life if I can’t even sit down and spend time with God everyday? As a person who struggles with having integrity and being a dependable person, this devotion really inspired me and helped me understand where I can start to fix the problem. And it all falls back to God and His ever-forgiving mercy.