When Drew's father unexpectedly passed away, he turned to drugs to get him through the pain. Things went from bad to worse, and Drew went from being a home owner to homeless and living on the street. After a near-death experience, he turned to God for help and met him at Northside.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Another amazing experience in Guatemala!
We've shared the stats--164 people, 120 HS students and adults from The Rising, 9 houses built, and 3 baptisms. Beyond the stats, though, are the more important results of the trip--the countless moments of God working through this group.
Before the trip, Matt Jaggers was coming up $490 short in his fundraising efforts. One day, while driving a Mini Cooper into the Kroger gas station, a women drove up to him and...
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Here is a final update from Doug:
In only four days, 9 houses were completed by Northside for 9 wonderful families. Today was especially moving as we dedicated the homes to God and these families. Many tears of thanks (on both sides) were shed.
This afternoon, Cynthia Stillings and Ashley Ledrick were baptized into Jesus Christ in front of everyone from both groups.
Tomorrow, we'll enjoy some down time. Some will zip line, some will hike a volcano,...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Today was another great day. Not only are the houses nearing completion, but also was a day of great interaction with the families and the community. One of the teams was invited to a school where kids were able to get out of class to play with our group. They had a blast!
Tomorrow, most of the houses will be completed in the morning, with dedications planned for the afternoon. There should be even more opportunities to interact with our new friends.
Every team seems...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The team had a great 2nd day of working! Here is an update from Doug:
What an amazing day in Guatemala! Each of the teams stood walls of the homes and began putting up the siding. We're loving the interaction with the families and the kids in the community. The pastors have been working with us on the build sites, so it's great to see their support and work with the families. The community as a whole has been so encouraging, and thankful that we're here to help. Casas por...
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Monday, March 27, 2017
It was a big first day of building for our teams!
Doug's team (with the adult/family group) was blessed to have a great worksite that was well prepared in advance and with lots of space to work. There house is for Pastor Juan's son and his family.
Two of the three adult sites were pretty challenging. One was up a steep hill, while the other is working in very tight spaces. Nonetheless, everyone enjoyed the hard day of work, knowing that we're serving families in great...
at Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Today, 164 students and adults left for a week long trip with Casas Por Cristo in Guatemala. They will be split up into two groups that will be building a total of nine houses (six by the student team!).
This afternoon, The Guatemala team all arrived safely. They made it to the camp to settle in, get some rest tonight and begin the house-builds in the morning.
Be praying that God uses this team in big ways and stay tuned for daily updates this...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
This last week The Return, our college age ministry rounded out a teaching series called Made New with something we call The Experiment. The series had been focused on what changes when Jesus becomes Savior and King in our lives. We become members of a new family, we take on a new mindset about life, and a new mission is adopted for our lives.
The Experiment is simply that… an experiment, a testing of our hypothesis that God proves faithful in the moments we step out and trust Him....
at Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
Today, we packed up, moved out of camp, and headed for the beach to enjoy a little rest before returning home on Sunday.
Along the way, one of the trailers hauling luggage blew a tire. After repairs and getting back on the road, the other on the trailer blew. It was a minor inconvenience and all arrived safely where we will stay for the next two nights.
The highlight of the day was witnessing the baptisms of three of our teammates in the ocean:...
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Thursday, October 6, 2016
What a great day of celebration...and sadness. We celebrated the completion of the 7 houses. They're beautiful, and to think that they were each built by unskilled and inexperienced laborers. Each dedication was special and tears were shed for our new Dominican friends, and the need to say goodbye.
On build team 6, the new homeowner shared that his father passed away one month ago today. In tears, he shared how his father would be proud to see that he now has a...
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Another amazing day!
The eye clinic doubled its patients and saw 252. The medical clinic saw about 120, and the dental had 68--most needing tooth extractions.
The baseball camp was open for the first time and had 53 kids.
The Princesas outreach to girls has increased each day, with most groups having around 70 girls. Today, they had so many girls that they ran out of crafts and had to improvise. What a great problem to have!
Six of the seven houses are...
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Today was nothing short of a miracle from God! If you're following this DR team, then you're probably also following the weather. Forecast here was 90% chance of thunderstorms--all day. Some reports said 100%. So we prepared for an unproductive day on the build sites, potentially setting us back a day to get the projects completed. However, would you believe we had ZERO rain?! Yes, nada! A sprinkle was felt once but that's it.
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Monday, October 3, 2016
The team is doing terrific after a first day of hard work! It started raining this afternoon, but didn't keep the 7 build teams from completing the concrete foundations of the new homes. They then draped a tarp over the newly poured foundations to keep the rain off as they dried. We're ready to stand walls tomorrow, as long as it's not raining too much.
The medical team saw 107 patients, while the eye team fitted 113 patients with eyeglasses, and 72...
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Sunday, October 2, 2016
This morning, our church-wide Dominican Republic mission team of 227 people left to answer the call on their lives to a week of ministry.
At this moment, most of the DR team has arrived, all with safe flights with the remainder arriving tonight and tomorrow. The weather has been great so far and we ask for continued prayers that it would remain clear to maximize our time on the field. Tomorrow, we will start our projects of building homes, offering medical, dental, and...
at Sunday, October 2, 2016
Collectivley, there isn't a lot that Matt and Jamie haven't been through in their lives. But, when they connected with Northside, God recycled their pasts and have turned them both into connectors themselves.