We have had some amazing times in our morning chapel services this summer in conference calls directly with partner ministries! Conference calling into foreign countries can present interesting challenges to be sure, but it has been so exciting to connect with our ministry partners. Recently we connected with a ministry in Colombia who is a new partner for Gleanings, but already we see such rich blessing from the Lord through this connection. We bridged in a long time YWAM ministry friend in Colombia to bridge the gap in languages. Steve Bartel translated back and forth to facilitate our conference call. During the call, we were also joined by another ministry team member who was actually distributing food live while we were on the call! We heard from a recipient who along with her husband and child had fled the impoverished nation of Venezuela. We were able to pray a blessing for her, and to encourage her that food from Gleanings would be on it’s way right to her home town of origin in Venezuela as well!
The DTS team has completed its fourth week of outreach. We arrived at YWAM Denver on Monday and were met by Peter and Linda, who are the YWAM Denver directors. They gave the team a breakdown of the base and the available opportunities. We also met Pepo, who is originally from the Dominican Republic. He also got the team up to speed on the work ahead.
A large portion of the team’s work was carried out at Arvada mission. It is a day shelter and a ministry of the Rising church that seeks to minister to the poor, hurting, addicted, marginalized, and homeless in Arvada, Denver. Our team was able to assist in service projects such as church cleaning, painting of showers, organization projects, clothing distribution, and food banks. Additionally, they received a box of our Gleanings soup mix to feed the people they are serving.
The team also had an opportunity to work with Jeff. He does local outreach in Denver as well as international outreach in Africa. We helped him prepare for a local event at the church of the city. Part of the preparation was accomplished by a door-to-door initiative over a period of three days. The other part involved shopping for items that would be given away for free at the event.
At the event on Saturday, Joash and Andria were able to give their personal testimonies. It was powerful to witness God’s work as many people came to the front for prayer and to receive salvation.
As a team, we are determined to keep serving Christ in this season. We are glad for the opportunity to be salt and light in the community.
The DTS team is on our third week of outreach. This week has been a test of our resilience, both as individuals and as a team. However we have also seen the power of God in our work and the people we have served. Several key highlights transpired this week. We visited the Paiute elder center and the soup kitchen at the Methodist church and gave out Gleanings soup and food boxes. We also had a special time of prayer at both places.
At the Paiute reservation, the team had an opportunity to work on a housing project. For two days, we worked with vigor and dedication in the heat. We cleaned out the yard, sanitized and painted the kitchen, and also cleaned a car. By the end of the work project, the team had removed over 2600lbs of waste from the property in two days.
Additionally, the team also had an opportunity to be involved in a high school graduation event called Sober Grad. It is an annual tradition in Bishop where the churches come together to throw a huge party for the graduating seniors. They have food, prizes, inflatable games and more, all in a successful effort to keep the students from making poor choices on grad night.
Throughout this week, the team has given its best in all its endeavors. The work was intense, but we were committed and we got the work done. We are thankful for the relationships that we were able to build. As we look forward to continuing our journey to Denver, we are sad to say goodbye. However we keep looking forward to the transformation of lives that comes with humble acts of service before Christ.
We started the day praying over a shipment of 42,118 lbs of soup mix and rice going to Poland and Ukraine with New Manna Ministries. Then the team from Fired-Up Youth Ministries led worship, it was wonderful have the room resounding with young voices!
Eastern Europe is in the house; youth from Georgia and Bulgaria are here for a day’s volunteer work. We are enjoying the connection with World Link Exchange. And lastly just in case you think these kids work too hard, morning break includes homemade snacks by the pool.
PEACH SEASON, Day 1! Throw Run Fix 2022
– The Summer Staff introduce themselves after worship, if you need help look for the young people in the bright blue shirts.
– Andy used a visual aid to demonstrate how sin binds us, and how we are to throw it off!
– The first peaches roll down the line, are pitted, and loaded on trays to dry in the sun.
Today we prayed the DTS team out the gates and into the Outreach phase of their school. They will serve in ministries in CA and CO, returning in July. They are such a beautiful team; we are excited to learn where the Lord will take them and how he will grow them.
Summer Staff have arrived and will spend the week in training, prep, and prayer. Peach season is nearly upon us!