One of the most famous passages in all of the Bible is Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
This has always been a verse that God has consistently challenged me on, especially when it comes to the idea of “the end of the earth.” Just take a moment and think of the implications of that phrase. God’s Kingdom expands beyond what is around us. It isn’t just in the local community. It isn’t just in southwest Ohio but it really is everywhere. And God says that we will be his witnesses in these places. He expects us to expand his Kingdom.
This is why our student ministry is doing a mission trip to St. Paul, Minnesota in July. We have a group of 9 students and adults who will be traveling to St. Paul in order to be witnesses for Jesus in an area that is not just our local community. Specifically, we will be working with a church in the Phillips district of St. Paul which is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the United States.
We are so excited to be working in this area and I look forward to everything God is going to do during that week in the lives of our students and the people we reach out to and serve.
So where do you fit in? Well, there are a couple of things that you can do:
- We will be having a fundraiser at City BBQ in VOA on June 13. This is a great way to contribute to our trip as well as enjoy some delicious BBQ while you’re at it. Flyers will be available at The River Church during our Sunday morning services or you can contact Zach if you want one.
- Give directly to one of our team members. If you go to http://HitTheRiver.com/give, you can choose which student you would like to make a donation for.
- Pray for us. Pray for the move of the Holy Spirit through our work as well as on our team. Pray for safety as we drive to and from St. Paul. Pray for anything God is challenging you to pray for. We can always use more prayer and will take as much we can.
This summer is going to be fun as we head to St. Paul. We cannot wait to see how God does some incredible things through our team and the other teams who will be joining us for that week.
If you would like to make a donation to one of the members of the River Youth mission team you can do so online by tapping on the “GIVE ONLINE” button below. Just pick which team member you would like to support from the drop down menu.