He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Monday, June 2, 2008

Common Ground Weekly Update- June 2, 2008



We began our summer ‘camp’ this week with boys from our ‘hood'. Although Kevin and I didn’t
advertise and did very little recruiting to start the summer off, 20 boys showed up on the first day, and
24 on the second day. Our basic schedule is to go and do something fun, eat lunch, do something else fun, and
then teach a bible study and some type of application of God’s Word to our lives. Sounds easy enough, right?


We need your help:

This first week was a test-case to see what kind of
response we would have. We have 25 boys involved at this point, and we
anticipate this group growing pretty rapidly over the coming weeks.
We need some help with transportation. Would you, your business,
your church, or anyone else with vans or buses consider letting us
borrow some wheels for our kids? We have a twelve-passenger van and
a mini van and our space is filled. We need wheels and drivers. What do
you think?



We are now seeking to get some help to begin some opportunities for
girls. There are a couple ways you can help with this. First, if you are
available and interested in providing some assistance with the girls’
ministry this summer let us know. Also, if you know of any girls or
ladies that would consider babysitting our children (3 young boys)
throughout the week, this would free up Delta and Nicole to focus on
and minister to the girls in our neighborhood. Please also pray as we
consider getting some college interns to help us.

We need your help:

This first week was a test-case to see what kind of
response we would have. We have 25 boys involved at this point, and we
anticipate this group growing pretty rapidly over the coming weeks.
We need some help with transportation. Would you, your business,
your church, or anyone else with vans or buses consider letting us
borrow some wheels for our kids? We have a twelve-passenger van and
a mini van and our space is filled. We need wheels and drivers. What do
you think?




We are now seeking to get some help to begin some opportunities for
girls. There are a couple ways you can help with this. First, if you are
available and interested in providing some assistance with the girls’
ministry this summer let us know. Also, if you know of any girls or
ladies that would consider babysitting our children (3 young boys)
throughout the week, this would free up Delta and Nicole to focus on
and minister to the girls in our neighborhood. Please also pray as we
consider getting some college interns to help us.

IDEAS FOR RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT

We need your help in creating some fun and developmental activities for
our kids this summer. We have gone to the bowling alley, parks, Emerald
Falls mini golf, the movies and will be going swimming at the YMCA. Can
you think of more fun and creative places for us to take our boys (and
hopefully girls) to experience? Do you own or have access to anything we
can expose them to?


THE REALITY OF SUFFERING COMES CRASHING IN

KEVIN KING:

After our Emerald Falls outing (where we rode go-carts and swung at the air instead of fastballs at the batting
cages) it was time to transport kids back home. As I drove down Holt Street to take one of the boys home we
approached a burning house. We saw that smoke was streaming out of one of the back rooms, the front door and
the attic. After having such a fun and exciting time we were not expecting to see this. I noticed two fire trucks
approaching us in front and two approaching us from behind, so our only option was to pull into a neighbors
driveway to avoid being in their way. As we sat there in the van, we witnessed this family tearfully watch their
home burn. I also witnessed the Lord’s grace as neighbors ran out of their homes to comfort them during their
time of need. As I sat there in sadness, I began to explain to the guys the truth that the things we see are
temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. I explained that the things that we see daily could quickly go tomorrow.
Very similar to this burned house, we are outwardly wasting away but only through a relationship with Christ
will we inwardly become new. By this time more people from the neighborhood gathered around to witness this
tragedy. I asked everyone to close their eyes to avoid being distracted by all of the commotion and we prayed for
that family and their neighbors. I later learned that the fire was due to faulty wiring (a common plight with older
homes in our neighborhood). After an hour of being locked in we were able to leave and get everyone home.
Please pray that these guys see the Lord even in the chaos that surrounds them. Pray as well that the chaos they
see will provoke them to saving faith. Thank you for faithfully reading our updates and praying for us.