Times Square Church from NY ministered throughout the community, from playing Bingo with the seniors at the McDowell/Minnie Senior Citizens to preparing a luncheon for the local pastors in appreciation of what they do. BeansTalk enjoyed homemade chili and cornbread as they ministered on Tuesday to the clients that came in. The kids at Weeksbury enjoyed pizza, puppet show, face painting, and balloons while sharing the gospel. They also shared music, song and dance with our folks at the group home. Our community is always blessed by the love of Christ when they come to Floyd Co, Ky. Thank you.
“KidStock 2013 may have been the best we have ever had,” said co-founder Angie Wagoner. 424 children may have showed up for a backpack full of school supplies, but they received so much more this year at GAP’s back-to-school celebration.
As families arrived, they were grouped into clusters that moved together through the event. First, each child received a backpack full of grade-appropriate school supplies. Next, they heard a Bible story and saw a skit presenting the Gospel message. Then they moved to a room where every child sat in a chair and had their feet washed while being told the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. The children heard how Jesus came to serve and to save. After their feet were washed, they were given a brand new pair of shoes. Words cannot describe how excited some of these kids were with their shoes.
Throughout the day families enjoyed playing carnival style games. Many children had a hard time choosing what prizes to get with the tickets they had won playing the games. We also had plenty of free food throughout the day. Many families came early and stayed until late in the afternoon.
What a wonderful day! The Word of God and the Gospel was shared throughout this event in various ways. We were excited this year to have Chris Sullivan who is a former professional wrestler with us. Several times during the day he shared the Gospel message and his testimony of how God changed his life. At the end of the day, 8 adults and 4 children made professions of faith in Jesus Christ. One lady recommitted her life to grow in her relationship with Christ. Several others raised their hands but we were unable to get their personal information.
This is what GAP is all about. Meeting people at their point of need – this time it was a need for school supplies and shoes – and sharing with them the love of Jesus Christ.
KidStock 2013 was such a success because of our many partners like you. 101 volunteers from seven different churches and the Left Beaver Fire Department helped on the actual day. However, there were hundreds of others who sponsored a child, donated supplies and prayed for this event. Thank you all for your partnership, support and prayers. God truly blessed this event in a mighty way. Please join us in giving praise to the Father!
For the last few years, GAP has had an annual furniture sale for our clients. Monday, August 19th was this year’s sale. It was a huge success in spite of the rain we had in the morning. Sunday evening we had 2 large moving trucks and a large trailer pull into GAP full of new and gently used furniture. We are grateful to our partnering churches in GA, Smoke Rise Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Augusta, for all the furniture they provided. Burnout victims were allowed to select items for an entire house free of charge, while other clients could purchase 3 items at low prices. The finances generated by this sale go into a special fund to help clients in emergency situations.
The day was filled with families finding items that they were in need of, but it was one of the last clients that God sent on Monday that really touched all of our hearts. This client was a grandmother raising four of her grandchildren who is in need of mattresses. They did not have enough beds for the kids to sleep on and had no furniture in the living room to sit on. Unfortunately,by this time in the day, we did not have any mattresses left to give her. However, we were apple to provide her with a sofa/sleeper, recliner and a couple other chairs. This family was so appreciative. They threw their arms around our necks and would hardly let go of Brenda and Kathy while all the time saying, “Thank you, thank you! All we can say is thanks be to God! For He is Jehovah Jireh! It is He who provides!”
Once again thank you to all who donated furniture in GA and the men from Smoke Rise Baptist Church who worked all day loading furniture into the vehicles of some happy clients. A special thanks to the three staff members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY who came in for a visit of GAP and worked as personal shoppers during this event.
We had an exciting and blessed week with a group of 9 ladies from Smoke Rise Baptist in Stone Mountain, GA. They came with a heart to serve and spread the Good News and that they did. Several of our clients and folks in the community received hair cuts, homemade hand cream, made scarfs from T-Shirts and handed out gift bags for the men and women.If that wasn’t enough they blessed our services in McDowell with a visit. Thank you ladies for a job well done.