Monday, July 17, 2017

First Full Day in Detroit


            Uf duh, what a day! Today was adventure day. The team started with some breakfast and worship. Then we headed off to Peoples Church. Peoples was really different it was a lot smaller then I had pictured it to be in my mind not only that but I was told there was going to be passion but that was passion that I hadn’t seen before.  I loved it even if it was two hours long and had no idea what songs they were singing. I could with out a doubt feel the Holy Spirit. 
            After lunch there was another adventure that took place in the city. We got to walk around and hear the history of a lot of places. Would you believe that they fix one side of the buildings just so that they look good to people who are watching the game from TV? Just around on the other side they are burnt and missing windows. Another cool thing was we got to see Canada south of us. That’s pretty neat! I think we put four miles on the souls of our shoes!
            We all came home, did our chores, played basketball and floor hockey. I skipped some of that for a nap!
            Tomorrow is the first day of organized chaos, games, crafts,
 skits, and being with the community kids, VBS it’s going to be great! I am really excited to meet the kids and get to know them I really look forward to building some relationships along with the rest of the team. 
            Thanks for your continued prayer and love!


            Hello friends and family!  Even in its early stages this trip has offered an eye opening experience into the inter-city culture of Detroit.  Today started out in the way that an ideal day should start.   Breakfast started at 7:30 and the day accelerated from there.  Following breakfast, our team completed our devotional hour, during which we began the second stage of our study in 2 Timothy.  This has been a very engaging study because we’ve had the opportunity to view some of the context behind the reasons why Paul wrote to Timothy.
            At 11:00 we attended the morning service at People’s Missionary Baptist Church.   This service brought back some old memories from last year as well as few new experiences.  I have to say that my favorite part of the service was the message that was taught by a guest speaker.   It appeared that God was already at work, because the message discussed the topic of evangelism and the power that each of us have when we share our own testimony.
            The afternoon offered an opportunity to tour the down town part of the city.  This could best be described as the showy part of the city because it is the headquarters of many of the wealthier businesses of the area.  Some of the coolest parts of this tour were the opportunities that we had to tour the GM headquarters and view Canada from across the channel that separates our two countries.  However the trip also offered the stark reminder of our mission.  The architecture of the down town region gives way to the internal pain that is at the heart of the city.  There are many people who are homeless and desperate for change to occur in their city.  This is where God comes in.  Over the next couple of days, we will be working on service  projects, traveling on prayer walks, and holding a VBS for the kids of the inner city.  At first glance the problems of this city seem discouraging, however I have faith that God has a plan to use our team to effect the people that we come into contact with, with the message of His love.  I can’t wait to see what He has in store for our team and I!  Thanks so much for your prayers and support!  God bless. 


1 comment:

  1. I can feel your excitement and enthusiasm as you relay your experiences in Detroit so far. Thank you for being obedient to God's call for you to go on this mission. May you feel his presence each step of every day. Go with God!
    "The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers."
    1 Kings 8:57‭-‬58 ESV