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Family in Christ

Serving In Gulf Coast
June 11, 2022
Community: Lake Charles
Partner: Mount Olive Baptist Church, Waters Edge Church
Staff: Emily Gatewood

We Arrived!

by Justin Jones | June 12, 2022 8:41 AM

We arrived safe and sound last night! We got settled in, played a game of football, and had a group orientation. We are excited to officially start our week of ministry today!

We Arrived!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

by Emily Gatewood | June 12, 2022 1:23 PM

We had the phenomenal opportunity to share the sanctuary with Mount Olive Baptist church this Sunday morning! We were blessed to hear an empowering word from pastor Doug.🙏

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Canvassing with the Family of Christ

by Emily Gatewood | June 12, 2022 2:31 PM

This afternoon to kick off our weekly service, we have begun to invite the Lake Charles’ community youth to our youth sports camp we are holding at Mount Olive this week! 

Canvassing with the Family of Christ

Park+Splash Pad = Happy Pelican

by Emily Gatewood | June 12, 2022 4:20 PM

Just a little fun at the park while preparing for our first community event! 

Park+Splash Pad = Happy Pelican

Worship in the Park!

by Emily Gatewood | June 12, 2022 6:11 PM

We had an amazing time worshipping in the local park!
Worship in the Park!

Playing with the Pelicans!

by Emily Gatewood | June 12, 2022 6:14 PM

Food and fellowship in the park! Featuring: chef Zach. 🤌🏻
Playing with the Pelicans!

Day #2

by Emily Gatewood | June 13, 2022 9:54 AM

Today we hit the ground running at the Dolby elementary school. We are building some new picnic tables for their courtyard!

Day #2

Birthday Boy!

by Emily Gatewood | June 13, 2022 12:49 PM

Wishing a happy birthday to one of our youth members, Bowdrie! He has been such a hard-working, dedicated worker and such a joy to have on this PPM trip! 

Birthday Boy!

Dolby Elementary

by Emily Gatewood | June 13, 2022 3:53 PM

We are polishing up the school garden to give the elementary students and teachers a place of peace and relaxation during school. 
Dolby Elementary

Youth Sports Camp!

by Emily Gatewood | June 13, 2022 5:00 PM

This afternoon we kicked off our first night of youth sports camp with some nine square in the community park! 
Youth Sports Camp!

Milk Jug Hand Ball????

by Emily Gatewood | June 13, 2022 7:04 PM

We played milk jug hand ball with our new friends in the park :) 

Milk Jug Hand Ball????

Testimony @YSC

by Emily Gatewood | June 13, 2022 7:09 PM

While the games are fun, we decided to sit with our new friends and share a few of our testimonies and tell them about Jesus 🙏❤️
Testimony @YSC

Food in the Park!

by Emily Gatewood | June 13, 2022 7:11 PM

Nacho time!!! 🤌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Food in the Park!

Prayers for Dolby

by Emily Gatewood | June 14, 2022 1:10 PM

As we get ready to begin our next project at Dolby elementary, we walked through the halls in prayer for the students, teachers, and all the participants working to encourage their school. 

Prayers for Dolby

Encouragement

by Emily Gatewood | June 14, 2022 3:27 PM

Some of us worked on decorating bulletin boards for the elementary schoolers as they have lunch together in the cafeteria, reminding them them to stay positive! 

Encouragement

Friendship

by Emily Gatewood | June 14, 2022 3:29 PM

Serving not just as a team, but as a family :) ❤️
Friendship

Youth Camp Day #2

by Emily Gatewood | June 14, 2022 8:31 PM

More crazy games!

Youth Camp Day #2

Dinner at Youth Camp!

by Emily Gatewood | June 14, 2022 8:34 PM

We had a family dinner with our new youth camp friends! It’s been amazing making new friendships through our love for Jesus 
Dinner at Youth Camp!

Mount Olive Service

by Emily Gatewood | June 15, 2022 1:49 PM

We have been doing some cleaning to deplete the debris that struck our beloved host church, Mount Olive Baptist.

Mount Olive Service

Birthday Shoutout #2

by Emily Gatewood | June 15, 2022 1:50 PM

Happy birthday to our loving, encouraging, and goofy Katelyn! ❤️🎁
Birthday Shoutout #2

Party!

by Emily Gatewood | June 15, 2022 1:55 PM

We had a little birthday celebration for our birthday girl and guy as they both turned 15 this week! We love you Bowdrie and Katelyn!!!❤️❤️❤️
Party!

Work Work Work!

by Emily Gatewood | June 15, 2022 1:56 PM

The hard work never stops with this group! 
Work Work Work!

Last Day of Youth Sports camp!

by Emily Gatewood | June 15, 2022 10:12 PM

Who doesn’t love a good barrel race?!
Last Day of Youth Sports camp!

Food Distribution

by Emily Gatewood | June 16, 2022 9:05 AM

Today we’re here at Water’s Edge Church distributing food to hundreds of families while praying for them and their community! 

Food Distribution

Water's Edge

by Emily Gatewood | June 16, 2022 2:09 PM

The spirit is moving through us as we hand out loads and loads of food to the Lake Charles community!! 
Water's Edge

Prayers

by Emily Gatewood | June 16, 2022 2:13 PM

Shout out to our prayer team at the Water’s Edge food distribution as they prayed for every single car sitting in line to get their food. 🙏❤️
Prayers

Wrapping Up Our Week!

by Emily Gatewood | June 16, 2022 11:05 PM

Wrapping up our very last day with an amazing session of worship. We are very sad that it is over, but like always, all good things must come to an end 🙌🏻❤️
Wrapping Up Our Week!

See ya next time Lake Charles!

by Emily Gatewood | June 17, 2022 3:02 PM

Praying for safe travels as we head back to Colorado! 

See ya next time Lake Charles!

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Comments

Amy Nunnally

June 16, 2022 11:42 PM

So excited to see you finish strong! You have undoubtedly learned a ton about the Lord and about each other! Praying for safe travels home and continued strength through the Holy Spirit!

Jen mittlestadt

June 16, 2022 8:06 PM

Love seeing all the pictures and reading the journal updates. Fantastic to see everyone being used by God ... serving with fun,fellowship and hard work

Katie Jones

June 16, 2022 3:15 PM

I echo what Grammy said!! Happy belated birthday Kaitlyn!

Grammy Kellum

June 16, 2022 3:10 PM

Your work week is now over and even though you are all so very tired, you should feel energized at the same time because God has used each of you in amazing ways! You may never know the seeds you planted, and yet you do know that God has worked in you, and through you, during this entire week of love, service, and hopefully fun! Thank you for making this week possible, and we are praying for a safe trip home, good health, and REST!! May God bless you as you have time to reflect on such a wonderful, and yet busy, time serving Him!

Brian McKee

June 15, 2022 8:42 PM

Happy birthday Bowdrie and Kaitlyn!!! 🎉🎂

Vickie Rouse

June 15, 2022 8:34 PM

You have accomplished lots of work, reconnected with old friends and made new ones! Thank you for your willing hearts! You are all amazing!

Gpa & Gma 'Kee

June 15, 2022 5:20 PM

Happy birthday to Kaitlyn and Bowdrie! We see lots of wonderful encouragement and helpful hard work going on in these pictures! Blessings to all!!

Ken Fentress

June 15, 2022 3:38 PM

What a great Youth Group. It was so much fun to have you all stay at Woodcreek Church in Dallas. I appreciated being included in your morning devotional as well. May you find the people you're working with to have open hearts and minds to receive God's Word and Christ's salvation.

Christine McKee

June 15, 2022 2:55 PM

Happy birthday, crazy cool birthday peeps!!! ❤️🎉

Brian McKee

June 15, 2022 2:38 PM

So great seeing all the updates and photos of teamwork in action! Love seeing you all being the “hands & feet” of God helping serve and love on those in Lake Charles! Praying for continued safety and perseverance!

Aaron Smith

June 15, 2022 2:11 PM

Love all these pictures this week. Remain in prayer for all of you. Happy Birthday Bowdrie and Kaitlyn!!!

Jodie Leschuk

June 14, 2022 8:54 PM

Love seeing all the pictures. Cannot wait to hear the stories. May God continue to work greatly in your lives and those lives you are touching! You are loved!

Kim Boronda

June 14, 2022 8:40 PM

How blessed you and these young are that you can share your love for Jesus. Many memories being made all around. Praying for you all.

Christine McKee

June 14, 2022 11:43 AM

Praying for all of you!!!! Love the pictures and updates! May God use you as a light for Him and plant seeds of truth in each life you encounter - by your words but also by your actions and presence and love lived out. Love you all!!!

Vickie Rouse

June 14, 2022 10:08 AM

What a wonderful treat to see your smiling faces this morning! Sports Clinic! What an excellent opportunity to connect with Lake Charles youth! Wear them out then sit them down to talk about Jesus, our TRUE Champion! Never leaves. Never forsakes. ALWAYS faithful. Thank you for your hearts to share the Gospel! I'm praying for you to be bold!

Aaron Kellum

June 13, 2022 7:44 PM

Love to see all that you’re doing down there! Glad y’all are enjoying yourselves while doing one of the most important jobs possible!! Love y’all and sending prayers!!

Nancy Stephens

June 13, 2022 7:26 PM

Looks like everyone is having fun, working hard and what a joy to have such an opportunity to share God’s love. You all are Covered in prayer this week !!

Lexi Janssen

June 13, 2022 5:19 PM

Praying that the youth sports camp goes very well! Have fun and stay safe down there everyone!

Katie Jones

June 13, 2022 4:29 PM

I'm praying that you all are surviving being around my very sweaty husband. Hehe. =D

Grammy Kellum

June 13, 2022 4:01 PM

This looks like HARD work! You all have such amazing servant hearts and we are very thankful that you are willing to work so hard to make life special for those who will benefit from your efforts. What a wonderful way to show God's love - and bless others, too! Plus - isn't it a good feeling to make others feel special? Blessings to each of you!

Gpa & Gma 'Kee

June 13, 2022 3:02 PM

We are so glad to hear about how God is working through all of you to love the people of Lake Charles! Keep showing the joy of Jesus! You do it well! Praying for opportunities to reach out and care for all!

Katie Jones

June 13, 2022 1:45 PM

Happy birthday Bowdrie!! That hat suits you well!

Rich Shields

June 13, 2022 12:40 PM

It’s awesome to see you guys working hard and spreading joy to another community. We’re so blessed and thankful that God has assembled this group! We’ll continue to pray for the work you’re doing in Jesus name and that this trip brings you all closer to him! Happy birthday Bowdrie! We miss you but glad you’re spending your bday doing something you love!

Betsy Smith

June 13, 2022 10:10 AM

So thankful for the safe trip! Love seeing all the smiles and beautiful faces. Praying for you all- strength, courage, endurance. Excited to see and hear how God uses you to share His love. May you grow closer to each other and closer to Him!

Michelle Bergh

June 13, 2022 10:09 AM

All the feels! Great to see such an amazing group serving God and their community. It’s an inspiration ❤️

Morgan

June 13, 2022 9:10 AM

What fun to see you all in action and to see all those smiles. Praying for your energy and endurance as you serve today. And that you will make some sweet connections with those in the community and within your group. Be on the look out for how God shows up this week…I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Lexi Janssen

June 12, 2022 7:08 PM

So cool to see that you guys are with Mount Olive again! Love seeing all of the smiling faces and having fun! Praying for you guys! Have an amazing week down there! 💕

Nicole Stephens

June 12, 2022 6:56 PM

Thank you Lord for a safe journey for the team. Praying for a fun, productive week of serving and sharing Your love with everyone they meet!

Amy Nunnally

June 12, 2022 6:16 PM

Way to bring the worship!! 💛💛💛 In every season, in every community. He is GOD and the is worthy of our praise. Praying for a moving of of the Holy Spirit tonight! “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Grammy Kellum

June 12, 2022 9:40 AM

Wee are so grateful to all of you for taking this time to serve our Lord who loves us, loves you, and loves all those whom you are serving! We pray for your joy in showing this incredible love all week, and we also pray for rest when you can find it, for good fun and fellowship, and for your own spiritual growth. Thank you for ALL you are doing!!

Aaron Smith

June 12, 2022 9:38 AM

So glad to hear you all arrived safely. Praying for all of you, that you would experience a week of great joy and blessings as you serve and share Jesus with others.

Jodie Leschuk

June 12, 2022 9:24 AM

So excited to see you there and to see what God does in and through you all this week! Praying for a beautiful day of worship today and for the plans you are making and will execute throughout the week.

Katie Jones

June 12, 2022 9:04 AM

So glad to hear you guys made it! I can’t wait to see what God does through you all this week. It is such a blessing to get to go back to the same place again. I had the opportunity to go back to the same place for two mission trips in college and that second time around was so unique and special because the relationships were already formed and it was like we picked up where we left off. I pray that God would use those already formed relationships you guys have to do mighty things out there this year! Happy Sunday.

Vickie Rouse

June 12, 2022 7:37 AM

Praying for all of you this morning! For health, safety (Andrea) BOLDNESS in proclaiming Christ! In all you do - do it for Jesus!! I read Romans 12:10-16 this morning and thought, Wow! What a great reminder for you on mission! Because our enemy is MAD at you and will be throwing all kinds of negative things at you, remember to be loyal to each other, be diligent, be excited to serve God with each other, have joy in your hope, be strong and hold each other up when hard stuff happens, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! Take care of each other. Bless the people who persecute you, and don't be angry! Share each other's joy and burdens. BE HUMBLE. (This is paraphrased according to Jacob's grandma). Praying you have a grand day serving Jesus, together! Love to all!

Vickie Rouse

June 11, 2022 8:55 AM

Good morning! I'm thinking about and praying for all of you this morning, and that God is preparing the hearts of those ahead of you! And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15

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