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The Gathering Place

Serving In South Florida
June 11, 2022
Community: Key West
Partner: Glad Tidings
Staff: Megan Motley-MacCall, Sarah Brown

The Team has Arrived!

by Sarah Brown | June 11, 2022 7:14 PM

The Gathering Place and Holy Spirit Lutheran teams have arrived in Key West! We are so excited to see how God is going to work through this team and host church, Glad Tidings Tabernacle! 

The Team has Arrived!

Games, Orientation, and Team Time

by Sarah Brown | June 11, 2022 11:24 PM

The team learned about cultural awareness and godly communication for sharing the gospel through fun games during orientation!  It is such a joy to see church partners come together and have a wonderful time. 

Games, Orientation, and Team Time

Journal Making

by Sarah Brown | June 12, 2022 8:13 AM

We are using our creative gifts to make journals to put our thoughts on paper throughout the week. There are so many talented students here! 

Journal Making

Sunday Service and Prayer Walk

by Sarah Brown | June 12, 2022 2:23 PM

We fellowshipped with Glad Tidings Tabernacle’s wonderful congregation during the service today. After lunch, we also participated in a prayer walk connecting with God. Lots of appreciation goes towards this beautiful community of people. 

Sunday Service and Prayer Walk

Southernmost Point

by Sarah Brown | June 12, 2022 10:58 PM

After our team’s prayer walk and before team-building activities, we were able to enjoy a moment to visit the Southernmost Point and take a break at a local pier. 

Southernmost Point

Hard at Work

by Sarah Brown | June 13, 2022 12:14 PM

Today we have been working hard serving with our wonderful host church working on the grounds, moving pallets of donations, and the parking lot. We are doing so well under the Key West sun and grateful to God that He is guiding us in this way! 

Hard at Work

Visiting the Beach

by Sarah Brown | June 13, 2022 9:54 PM

We had a moment to visit the ocean and spend some swim time together. Afterwards, we ate nachos and spent time reflecting on what Scripture says love is!

Visiting the Beach

Steady Progress!

by Sarah Brown | June 14, 2022 1:13 PM

Today we have split up into groups in order to tackle projects in partnership with Glad Tidings Tabernacle and serving one another. We so appreciate our host church’s selfless hospitality towards each one of us!

Steady Progress!

Local Barbecue

by Sarah Brown | June 14, 2022 4:27 PM

A portion of our team spent time at a barbecue and getting to know the locals of that neighborhood. They had the best time conversing in multiple languages and having fun in sharing the love of Christ! 

Local Barbecue

Team Building Activities

by Sarah Brown | June 14, 2022 5:49 PM

We enjoyed some team building activities to get to know each other more and played nine square in the air as well after dinner! 
Team Building Activities

Prayer Meeting and Projects

by Sarah Brown | June 15, 2022 11:38 AM

Whether beating the rain and getting projects done or participating in a women’s prayer meeting, the team has been doing well and learning so much about the local culture!

Prayer Meeting and Projects

Lunch with Mission Of Hope

by Sarah Brown | June 15, 2022 2:27 PM

We were invited by other believers with Mission of Hope that we have been partnering with this week to eat lunch on their Disaster Relief boat! It was a wonderful surprise, and we were so appreciative for the meal after godly fellowship together. 

Lunch with Mission Of Hope

Church Service and Royal Rangers

by Sarah Brown | June 16, 2022 12:46 AM

A portion of the team spent a great time with the local kids at Royal Rangers while another portion of the team participated in an impactful church service. The entire team experienced God’s goodness during these activities! 

Church Service and Royal Rangers

Recreation Day Photo Scavenger Hunt

by Sarah Brown | June 16, 2022 9:54 PM

God orchestrated an amazing and very full recreation day! This morning after devotions, the team competed in a fun photo scavenger hunt. Not only did they come up with creative and joyful pictures, but they also got to interact and include the locals as well! 

Recreation Day Photo Scavenger Hunt

Team Traditions of Encouragement

by Sarah Brown | June 16, 2022 10:05 PM

The team has a wonderful tradition of creating “paper-plate-awards.” These are to commemorate the trips that they take and the wonderful memories God allowed for them and jokes from the trip. This was a lovely awards ceremony, and it was great to see the whole team build each other up and laugh together!
Team Traditions of Encouragement

Host Church Hospitality

by Sarah Brown | June 16, 2022 10:17 PM

Glad Tidings Tabernacle was generous and kind enough to host a barbecue for our team, and we are so appreciative of them! It was a delicious treat and another moment to share in fellowship with this very loving, hospitable host church partner. 

Host Church Hospitality

Packing Up and Goodbyes

by Sarah Brown | June 17, 2022 6:44 AM

The team packed up after a wonderful evening of watching the sunset in Mallory Square and shopping in the tourist shops. We closed out with prayers and goodbyes before hitting the road.

God has been truly so good to each and every one of us. We are so grateful for the communication and partnership between The Gathering Place, Holy Spirit Lutheran, and our host church, Glad Tidings Tabernacle. It has all worked together for God’s glory! 

Packing Up and Goodbyes

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