New Ideas Fuel Tried-and-True Strategies

The community of Jackhead recently placed a new sign at the edge of the town (as shown in the picture). But, that wasn’t the only new thing happening on this mission trip to Jackhead, Manitoba.

The team took some time to visit people in the community throughout the weekend; going from home to home. This isn’t out of the ordinary for mission teams, but this team went visiting in the late afternoon, which they hadn’t done before. At this time of day, there were more people home, especially the man of the house, and some quality ministry took place in those situations. Thank the Lord!

Throughout the weekend, there were five people that came to the church services that the team had never seen in a service before. The team visited a few of them in their homes before the church service, inviting them to join us – and they did! Praise the Lord!

The team also led two separate children’s ministry programs. The team used a new format that involved seven different stations for the kids to get involved with. Some of the stations were baking, arts & crafts, hair & hygiene, robotics, and costumes. The kids had tons of fun and really enjoyed the variety. The team was able to build relationships with the kids and encourage them with Christ’s love.

There were some challenges for the team. Hearing life stories of people dealing with brokenness and pain challenged the team to step out in prayer. Seeing some of the living conditions for the most impoverished challenged the team to consider how to help more effectively. Feeling the despair of a single mother trying to make ends meet challenged the team to share the hope of Christ.

Many parts of this trip were new, but at least two things were still in common with the other trips. The team was open to participating in God’s Kingdom work, and God used them to accomplish it.

Thank you Jesus!