Welcome to St. Louis, Missouri!

9 Jul

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We made it!

I’m sitting in the hall of a church in St. Louis right now at World Changers 2011, and it has already been an adventure.

There are over 300 kids here and we’re splitting up this week to do roofing work on roughly 26 different job sites. I can’t tell you what it’s like in the girls room (because I have a Y chromosome and I’m not allowed to be there), but the excitement in the guys room over being handed hammers and being told to rip off an old roof and put on a new one is palpable. So parents, your kids actually do get excited about doing work. Feel free to use this against them the next time they don’t feel like doing anything around the house.

There are a few things you guys at home need to know:

  1. Pictures and media will be at a premium this week. Sass and I have laptops, but the only internet connection we can use is the one from whichever cell phone has become a hotspot. We can’t use lots of bandwidth, but when we have really cool pics we’ll put them up. Expect a flood of pictures and video on Facebook and the blog when we get back though.
  2. Speaking of cell phones: workers other than Crew Chiefs and Encouragers aren’t allowed to have cell phones at work sites. So parents, if you call to check on your child and they don’t answer you, it’s not because they have fallen off a roof and are seriously injured. It’s because they are being well behaved angels that are following the rules. Feel free to call me or Sass if you have any questions or concerns about what is going on. We will be able to communicate with your kids during the day and they will of course be able to use their cell phones when not at the work sites.
  3. Speaking of encouragers: World Changers has a really cool thing called an Encourogram. If  you send someone here and Encourogram, they will find said Encourogram in their envelope in the hall the next morning. They are free and can be sent from the World Changers website. You can find the exact place to send them from here. Make sure you click the St. Louis project for July 11-16.
Things to pray for:
  1. That as a group we would realize the amazing opportunity we have here to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people who are really hurting.
  2. That we would never forget in our rush to fix a house that the people we are serving are more important than the house we are working on.
  3. That we would be safe at our job sites.
  4. That we would be bold with the Gospel of Jesus.
  5. That we would be kind and patient with each other.
Our focus verse for the week is Psalm 127:1. I think it’s perfect for this week.
Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
This isn’t just true for us here at World Changers 2011. This is true for all of us at home in Winterville at WFBC. With all of our ministries and things that we try and do around the church, we can have flashy decorations, slick design work, amazing music and production value, fiery speakers, and passionate workers. But if we don’t have our heart in the right place, seeking the glory and magnification of Jesus and not ourselves or the clout of our ministry, we work in vain. God is active and moving in St. Louis, and He’s active and working in Winterville, GA. It’s not our job to come up with something new. It’s our job to obey what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40:
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
It’s not our job to come up with something new and flashy. It’s our job to use what God has given us to best love Him with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind and to love our neighbor as ourself. That may look like putting shingles on a roof. That may look like starting a children’s worship team. That may look like rocking it out behind the pulpit. That may look like any number of things. But those things are not the end. They are only the means. The end is the glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. If it ever becomes anything else, it’s vanity, vanity, all vanity.

Drop us a line here at World Changers! Send us an E-courogram or hit up our “Contact Us” page at the top of the blog!

In Christ,
Josh Mosley
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4 Responses to “Welcome to St. Louis, Missouri!”

  1. Dorothy Murfin July 10, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    We are so very proud of our Youth and Leaders from WFBC. They left VERY early this morning with a vision and purpose to minister to those in St. Louis. We rejoice in the faithfulness of God and of His children! I know that God is going to Bless Each of you and use you mightily as you invest in and contribute to the upbuilding of His kingdom through whatever work crew you are placed in. We love you ALL so much and are covering you in Prayer!!!

  2. Dawn Perry aka mommy July 10, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    Hannah Marie and I are up reading this and we are glad that you made it safely. We are very proud of all of you and know that you will do a lot of good work. Take care and God bless all of you! love, Miss Dawn and Hannah Marie

  3. woostermter July 10, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    I love it!!! Thanks for making this blog!! I will be following everyday. Give a great shout out to everyone from the Woosters!! We really MISS being there this week. We would LOVE to hear the WOW moments of the day too. (Just ask Hunter about WOW….it’s great). Thanks so much for stepping in and leading them through St. Louis!!! ~Wooster

  4. Bobbie Shumake July 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    WFBC love our youth and are proud of each one. We love and appreciate the leaders in all they do as they minister to the youth.
    Just know you are being covered in prayer this week.
    Have a good and safe week—We love you!

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