S2S – Day Three

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On Day 3 we were scheduled to go to Rescue Atlanta. Another homeless outreach that fed people. This one was where we went to where they were and set up tables and fed them. Dzerassa had to meet us there, so she was following Avery most of the way.

On the way there when we were getting off the exit, a red car cut us off while we were going like 70 mph. Avery had to brake and swerve into the emergency lane. We were incredibly close to hitting that car. It was pretty scary. I am convinced that all the praying/covering we had been doing, had caused angels to surround us and protect us during that time…cuz we seriously should have hit that car.

The location we were supposed to go to with Rescue Atlanta ended up having 30 14 year olds volunteer, so we were redirected to another location.

The location we were redirected to was a lot smaller with less people. I helped hand people their food with silverware. The people were very nice and grateful.

When we were finished serving them we just ended up talking to the different people that hadn’t left yet. Melody, Ginger, Dia, Elsy & I were talking to a couple. The man is a cook, and cooks amazing food. We ended up talking about different foods he makes. We also ended up in a conversation about baseball. Then he was talking about that him and his girlfriend will get married. I really enjoyed talking to them.

Right before we left Heather introduced me to a person, that actually knows a college friend of ours, Mary Ellen Freeman Fiddler. I thought that was funny. What a small world! So we talked for a few minutes about Mary Ellen. It was very cool.

We then went back to the Rescue Atlanta Center. We prayed in a huge circle. We prayed against spiritual attacks. We prayed for covering. And we also prayed for supernatural rest. It was very nice. We then ate our dinner. Then we took group pictures in front of the wall that said Rescue Atlanta on it.

We then headed home. We debriefed as normal and they gave out the 100 Grands. Joshua and Elsy were the ones to receive them that evening.

And that wraps up day 3…

S2S – Day Two

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Day 2…

We met at VWC and prepared our dinners for the night. That night we were missing 2 members of our team. One was just unable to make it and the other, was because his pregnant wife had to be taken to the ER. She ended up being okay, though.

We had two events planned for this night. The night was called Operation Jamie & Operation Welcome Home.

The first one…Operation Jamie. We went to the Marta station at the airport. We had 2 teams each on a stair way. We had 5 signs. Jamie wants…to give you…a high five!…Get Ready!…Here’s Jamie (with an arrow pointed at Jamie, and Jamie holding her hand out to give high fives.) It was really cool. It was neat seeing everyones reactions. People were really surprised and had smiles on their faces. One guy was on his cell phone telling someone about it “There’s 5 people on the stairway at the marta station, they are holding signs that say Jamie wants to give you a high five! Get Ready! Here’s Jamie. It’s like an episode of Jacka**!) It was hilarious! I almost busted out laughing.

The second one…Operation Welcome Home. We went inside the airport, and held a welcome home banner. We had 30 welcome back balloons and 30 sets of flowers. We just picked random people went up to them and welcomed them home. Then when some people would walk by we would start screaming and saying welcome home. People were very appreciative and surprised! It was awesome!

We again debriefed when we got back to the church. And they gave out the 100 Grand Bars to two people. But I only remember one of the people that received it. It was Kelly Baker!!! Woop woop!

And that ends Day 2!!

S2S – Day One

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This was the first official day of s2s (Sunday to Sunday). I had been so excited about this all week. I knew I wanted to be a part of this because I had never done a missions trip before, and this was the closest I would get to it, so far. We all went to the 10:30 am service together, and then met up at the V2 building. There we had pizza for lunch, and went through a short orientation. After that we made our dinner for the evening.

We then went to The Furnace, where we had corporate intercessory prayer. We just prayed over our trip. We prayed for protection and a great time of ministering to others.

We then departed in the shuttle, which had no air…we felt like we were suffocating. I ended up with a horrible migraine, ugh! We arrived at the Safehouse Center.

When we got there there was 25 or so people waiting outside. We walked up and immediately a woman walked up and saw Avery & Dede’s precious baby Ava. This woman, I believe her name was Crystal. She was just lovin on Baby Ava. She told us about her son, who is Ava’s age. She isn’t able to take care of her son, somebody else was taking care of her baby. All she had of him was a photo album and his pacifiers that she wore on her neck. It was very sad. I can’t imagine not being with my child.

We were then brought inside Safehouse where we prepared the food for all the people. While we were getting everything ready, they were being ministered to through a service. We prepared 190 meals. We were able to feed a lot of homeless people.

When we came out, I noticed a guy, that had followed me any my dad around when we were in Atlanta a month earlier.

It was very hard to see all these people that do not have homes, and have to rely on other people most times to get food.

Once all was said and done, we headed out and got the Unholy Tour. Unfortunately, the usual tour guides were unavailable. So in their place Avery & Dede gave us the tour. They actually remembered most of it from the last s2s trip.

There was 2 very memorable things that they shared during the tour.

First, we passed a building that they explained used to be an abortion clinic. Not only was it an abortion clinic, but it was one that terminated pregnancies in their 3rd trimester. That alone was heartbreaking. He said that you would see blood and human tissue on the stairs. Fortunately, the leader of Safe house, would walk up and down the street over and over praying that God would close the place down. And praise God, he did just that. They were closed down because of health code violations.

Second, we passed a building that from the outside had signs that said you could come there for counseling. But what it was was a Satanic House of Worship. They would get people in there under false pretenses and then start converting them little by little. They even had people bringing in infants for infant sacrifice. Eventually the leader from safehouse got one of the main guys that worked there converted to christianity. The head lady of this place, was very angry that he “ruined” her best guy. And eventually she was converted also, and the place was closed down. Amazing!!!

 After the tour was over we headed back to VWC where we debriefed and just went over what we all experienced. They Avery and Dede gave out 2 100 Grand bars, to recognize 2 people that either went above and beyond or were really brought out of their box. That night it was Dzerassa and Heather.

And that marks the end of day 1!

Ministry, Leadership & Showing Jesus

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So many things have happened as of late…

I graduated from VWMTC. Wow, and it was amazing! I think the best part of that was my dad coming! It was like the first time in almost 3 years that I had seen him! It was so great spending time with him. We even got to go out on the streets of Atlanta and do the street witnessing thing in Atlanta! It was so awesome actually witnessing him witness to other people! It was awesome seeing the conviction come upon peoples faces! But it was so hard for me when he had to leave, because I had such a great time, and was so not ready for our time to be up! But I was so grateful that he came and I had the opportunity to spend time with him!

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Then once I graduated from ministry school, I was promoted from apprentice to leader. I was then moved to the Something to Believe In group with Harold Levy. He had been leading the group on his own for a while now, and now I was there to contribute and help him out. He is a great leader and I have been learning so much from him. And just this past week we got an apprentice, Leah Lasley. She is absolutely amazing! And I am really going to enjoy having her as part of the leadership team!

Well then, at the end of May, Johnson Bowie, our Fusion Pastor, announced Fusion on Tour. Fusion was taking a break for the summer (well the months of June and July). But it wasn’t really a break. Fusion was/is taking it to the streets. Getting out into our communities, reaching out to people, and just being Jesus to those around us! Amazing! They were really pushing this through our small groups. I was so very excited about this! This is so totally my heart!

So that night that it was announced, the Fusion small groups took groups out that night to do their first outreach. Our group, Something to Believe In, went to the Gwinnett Braves stadium to give out waters to people for free. But, by the time we got there, the game was over and most of the people were gone. So we then went to the Walmart up the street and gave out waters up there! It was pretty cool to see the look on peoples faces! They were not expecting it at all. And it was really cool to see our whole group out there contributing!

Since then our group has done many outreaches…lent a hand at the Norcross Co-op, given out hotdogs for free at Lilburn City Park, had a BBQ for Neighbors in Neil’s neighborhood in an effort to try and get to know his neighbors, gave out waters at Shorty Howell Park and accompanied Fusion at the Atlanta Dream Center and adopted a block. It has been totally awesome getting out in our community and doing these things! I can’t wait to see what God does in July!
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Then I had an amazing opportunity to be a part of s2s! It stands for Sunday to Sunday. It is a missions trip that Avery & Dede Nesbitt came up with in our own back yard. It’s an inner-city missions trip after work every day. I was able to be on the team that did this in June, this past week! It was totally amazing 

Stay tuned…