Last week I had the privilege to serve as a leader on a mission trip right here in Little Rock, Arkansas. I know that sounds strange because I live in Little Rock but this was a specific week set aside for our church to head out all day for the sake of the gospel. It was a blast! The church bonded and work as one as we scattered out in the city proclaiming Jesus Christ and him crucified. The week consisted of backyard Bible clubs in the morning, the Arkansas Dream Center in the afternoon and the North Little Rock Boys & Girls Club in the evening. We also had host homes provided by those in the church where we rested at night and our church care groups provided dinner every evening as we gathered to talk about the day. It was a glorious week.
Much of my time was spent over in North Little Rock where I was able to build relationships with the teens in the teen center. We played basketball, ping pong, wiffleball and kickball. We also ran a basketball camp at the Boys & Girls Club from 4 - 6 everyday. Coach Austin from Little Rock Christian Academy came out to teach skills and drills with the men. It was a joy getting to know these young men and watching them grow in their basketball skills but our main purpose was to get them the gospel. Everyday we would break for a time of teaching. On Friday I had the privilege to teach to the whole group. We walked through 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. It was a joy to talk to them about the message "of first importance" which is that "Christ died for our sins...that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day." I loved talking about Christ's substitutionary work for our sins and his great glory.
Please be in prayer that the gospel would capture the hearts of all these young men and women we were able to share the gospel with this past week. It was an honor to be used to spread the gospel but we know God is the one who changes hearts. May he alone receive the glory.
Grace upon grace,