Atlanta – Day 2 and 3

The Atlanta team is working at Partnership for Children (PFC).  We were assigned to work in the warehouse to clean out space for new shelves.  We organized all the toy and all the other donated items that PFC provides to the children in their care.  We unboxed and assembled about 100 car seats.   We have learned that some children live in bad homes and have difficult lives.  Our work can help have a positive impact on them by making it easier for PFC to provide needed items.  We also now understand how much of a difference we would make in just a few hours or days.   

Nicaragua – Day 1

Today was Team Nicaragua and Team Dominican Republic’s (now rebranded as Team Nicole’s Place) first day of StayWeek (now rebranded as GoATX)! 

Team Nicaragua began the day by meeting at the CLC to park and then going to the Library, where we had a small meeting with the other teams, before splitting off to do a team devotional! We soon loaded the vans and headed over to Nicole’s Place. 

Upon our arrival, we regrouped with Team Dominican Republic and immediately were put to work. We were divided into groups; some of us were sent to help dig trenches and fill them with pipeline, others worked on digging holes in order to plant several bushes and trees, and others started helping to clean up and decorate some of the homes. 

We worked all day, and whenever one job was finished, everyone would move onto the next unfinished job. The founder of Nicole’s Place, Lisa Knapp from Austin20, met with us in the middle of our day. She explained to us why Nicole’s Place is so special, and why she care’s so much about the cause, even going so far as to offer some of the testimonials she’s witnessed. Lisa’s talk was very insightful, and I believe that it truly put a lot of heart into our team. After her meeting with us, it was obvious that everyone worked with renewed efforts and strength. We were all driven to make a difference in whatever way possible. 

At the end of the day, everyone was exhausted but pleased with the work they had done. Both Team Nicaragua and Team Dominican Republic worked extremely hard and our efforts will continue into the rest of the week. 

7/8 Grade Austin: Day 4

Today we helped our Church Under the Bridge by writing about 300 notes for them to pass out to the homeless and hurting people in our community! We then went and helped 4k-2nd grade during their culture fair. We got to “visit” Costa Rica, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Guatemala while the ES classes taught us about each of the different country’s cultures. It was so much fun to see our middle schoolers interacting and helping our elementary students!! We look forward to the Batten Disease Fun Run tomorrow and helping the Benson family to beat Batten! God is doing amazing things and moving the hearts of our students in amazing ways!!

7/8 Austin Day 3

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7/8 Austin Day 2

Today we served our Elementary teachers. We held a luncheon for our ES teachers so that they could fellowship together while we watched their classes. Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Finley, Ms. Horst, and Mrs. Aaron provided the soups/salads and coffee, while our students brought the cutlery, bowls/plates, napkins, cups, and desserts. While the teachers ate, our students helped to watch the ES students during their lunch time. After making all of the decorations, setting up, serving, and cleaning up, our middle schoolers helped the 2nd and 4th graders organize the canned goods at the Hyde Park Food Pantry. We had an amazing day and we are so excited for going to the Capital Area Food Bank tomorrow!

7th/8th Grade Austin

What an amazing first day of GOweek! Today we went to Austin Creative reuse and helped them sort through all different kinds of items! We helped go through all writing tools that they had in their storage and categorized them accordingly. After a quick lunch, we came back to the Speedway campus and put together and rehearsed the kickoff  chapel for ES GOweek. Our group of middle schoolers picked out the music, planned the speakers, and put it all together for an amazing first day!! We felt God’s presence during 8th grader, Luke Taylor’s chapel talk over prayer. It was amazing to see the amount of faith that he has as a 14 year old. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for us! ☺️

The Church on Congress Avenue

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Front Row: Dixie McGrath, Lily Bachler, Brynn McGrath, Cailyr Mertz, Peyton Webster, Ariana Estrada, Lydia Pergande, Olivia Speltz, Lauryn Ward. Row 2: William Biggar, Braden Smith, Braeden Burgess, Boe Thompson, Omari Thomas, Harrison Lankford, Ryan Duke, Justin Ha, Chase Davis, Hayes Gauthreaux, Renee Becak.

Almost There! Spain

Hola a todos!

The Spain Trip is preparing for our plane ride and service days. Before we know it, we will be at the airport on Friday at 5:30am and ready for takeoff! Today during our Go Week meeting, we watched a video of places in Spain we will visit and serve in, such as the university and cathedrals. We discussed packing and preparations for our flights. Pushing through the rest of the week we are getting ready to serve and explore!

Below is our group pictures and some of our anxieties and excitements. We are giving our all to God and trusting in him to lead us.

Mrs. McColl our group leader gave us this verse:

Romans 8:35 “I am inseparable from the love of God.”

– Spain Go Week