Do you know my name?

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Jun 30, 2011

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

and there is one very simple yet very definite answer to this question: among us here at Acts 1:8 Missions, the answer, is yes. Getting to know one another and getting to know God is the life and joy that fills this building. And today, this truth was palpable.

            Once again: we begin with an early awakening and a delicious breakfast made by the wonderful Pat (Randy's sister) and then off to work we went! Jessica & Evelyn began painting, Forrest was mudding, Elizabeth was doing electrical, the adults were helping wherever needed and this left Rachel (along with McKenna & Avery) without anything to do. So we decided to find something, and began to paint the Gaga Ball pit’s last white side—with names for Jesus. This project called to everyone working at The Rock and soon youth and adults began pouring out of the doors and picking up a paintbrush to add to the artwork, making a stunning and eye-catching canvas to be used when playing Gaga Ball!

            Throughout the day, relationships began to become stronger and the laughter became louder—what Pastor Randy calls Spiritual Laughter—and by late afternoon you could see the youth and adults interacting playing cards, talking, cooking, or finishing up jobs.

            We then had another yummy meal of tacos and then we all piled up into vans and cars and made our way to Ted Drewes—now, before I continue, let me say that Pastor Randy has sworn to never allow another group to do this again, it seems we were all quite ecstatic and hyper after this! So with not too many mishaps—Ms Lois tried to hold her custard upside down and it fell! but shh don’t tell her I told you;)—we headed back to The Rock, very loud car rides I may add, and piled up for circle time.

            Now, when Pastor Randy walked into the sanctuary for circle time, the sight he sees includes spontaneous laughter and actions, making him declare that we were not going to do Ted Drewes again, but not before he sat back and watched the action.

Circle time today began with a retelling of your name and your favorite thing that happened today; while some of the answers were the work, the soon to get sleep (*coughcough* Dale Rueber), or the delicious food, the most popular answer was getting to know those around us, and thus began our circle time. Friendships are being made and people are getting to better know each other, people that would have never met each other otherwise: Emily, Avery, Adam, Colt, Luke, Andy, and Dave from Texas; Pastor Randy, Pat, LaRay, Olin, McKenna, Haley, Broc, Savannah, Heather, LaRon, and Charles from St. Louis; and then the closer relationships among those of us that attend Amazing Grace. The atmosphere has begun to feel like a close-knit family, and this truth is found in the tears shed, hands raised, and hugs given before, during, and after circle time.

Circle time is meant to be a time to reflect on the things that have happened over the day/week, and many times this involves stories being told; however, tonight we heard the story of how Pastor Randy met Ms Lois, and the outcome of this story and the fact that we are all here today because Ms Lois visited the church where her brother was baptized, and Pastor Randy happened to be present, and two years later they met again at her church, is an amazing story, and one that brought tears to many eyes. Yet the fact of the matter is, we are here to do God’s work, yet we are changing and impacting lives for eternity. While we may not realize the impact our actions have now, ten, fifteen, twenty years from now, what we did today, could possibly save someone’s life.

While I have written about our day, and the impact it had on us all, I have not discussed the title of this post. The title being Do you know my name? holds special significance with me personally, beginning with my project today—writing the many names for Jesus and seeing the entire population here at The Rock coming together—and ending with the final thoughts at Circle Time: that knowing each other, knowing each other’s names, and being there for them, forming relationships, can, will, and has eternally changed lives.

With two days left, our group has reached a point of intimacy with those around us here at The Rock, that will make it extremely difficult to leave. However, we know that we are going out to be a light to the world, transforming lives for today and eternity.

God’s everlasting love,

The Transformers

"I have also made you a light for the nations so that you would save people all over the world."

Isaiah 49:6b
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Ms Lee on

You all are having an amazing experience, seeing and feeling, first hand, the Grace, Mercy and Power of the Almighty God. You are fulfilling His purpose for your lives, and you and those you touch will be forever blessed. Be safe - travel carefully - don't get zapped (Elizabeth).
Blessings, love and hugs to all of you. Your love for the Lord and for each other is so evident in your blogs ---
Ms. Lee

Elizabeth Rockey on

Thank you! Don't worry Miss Lee....I just got "zapped" with a bloody nose from the dust and dirt. :( Lots of love! :) Blessings!

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