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In Focus Church

Serving In Memphis, TN
April 6, 2024
Community: Bethel Grove
Partner: Monument of Love Baptist Church
Staff: Kari Beadner, Terrie Reed-Jackson

Sunday School with Friends

by Kari Beadner | April 7, 2024 3:42 PM

Dr. Reed shared a Sunday School lesson with us this morning. We enjoyed learning about the friends who brought their friend to Jesus. We were challenged to be a good friend and that Jesus calls us friend. He sees us and He gets us. 

Sunday School with Friends

Joseph

by Kari Beadner | April 7, 2024 4:43 PM

This week's devotional is from the story of Joseph. Dillion and Josiah shared the reflection as we thought about if we ever wished for the beginning of our story to be different and how God has changed our story from how it started. 

Joseph

Jesus Spit

by Kari Beadner | April 7, 2024 4:55 PM

Pastor Joyce shared a passionate message on the healing of the blind man. He reminded us that Jesus spat and Pastor Joyce does too. 

We love the passion that Pastor Joyce has for his community and the emotional gratitude that he has for our team and the way we care and keep coming back. 

It's the long term relationship that is so encouraging to our partners.

Brother Ransom also reminded us to get up and make a difference everyday 

Jesus Spit

Pastor's Reception

by Kari Beadner | April 7, 2024 8:41 PM

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Pastor's Reception

Room Moving

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 8, 2024 5:42 PM

We moved the game room from one room to another so the team could have sitting and playing space. It needed cleaning so that's what we did!
Room Moving

Strong Men

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 8, 2024 5:45 PM

Some of the men moved the furniture from the game room to another room. Now we have a place to chill.

Strong Men

Sunday Night Worship

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 8, 2024 5:49 PM

As we gathered around the piano after debriefing, we sang "More Than Able" and God has certainly proved that He's more than able to do whatever is needed. It was such a sweet time as we worshiped through song.
Sunday Night Worship

Morning Devo

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 8, 2024 5:56 PM

The Monday morning started with Funmi and Lena taking us on the continued journey of Joseph in our Spring 2024 Alternative Devo. They presented beautifully. 

Morning Devo

First Partner

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 8, 2024 6:00 PM

Our first partner for the week is Sea Isle Elementary where we were divided into groups to assist teachers and the librarian. We read books, helped the children with assignments and anything else that was needed, including preparing for the great eclipse. We love serving at Sea Isle!

First Partner

National Civil Rights Museum

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 8, 2024 6:05 PM

Starting the week at the National Civil Rights Museum was a great way to put Memphis in perspective for the week. Memphis is a wonderful city with a profound history and since the anniversary of Dr. King's death was last week, we thought that museum would have additional displays.
National Civil Rights Museum

Butterific

by Kari Beadner | April 9, 2024 7:07 AM

We had some Butterific cookies and we're glad to support a local business owner who loves her people well. 


And yes, the cookies and puddings were Butterific! 

Butterific

Park of Dreams

by Kari Beadner | April 9, 2024 7:21 AM

We spent some time at the Beautiful Tom Lee Park. There was a lot of intention built in to the park that was full of people in community. 

Some were able to think about how we could bring a place like this home to GA. 


We took a group picture just before the rain began in this iconic location with the bridge, Bass Pro Pyramid and Downtown skyline. 

Park of Dreams

Firm Foundation

by Kari Beadner | April 9, 2024 7:24 AM

We debriefed from our day of ministry and learning and unified in worship singing Firm Foundation. Our team is growing together and ready for our next ministry assignment. 
Firm Foundation

Second Round

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 9, 2024 2:42 PM

Today we spent the second round of ministry back at Sea Isle Elementary taking the lead in classrooms. The children and teachers enjoyed seeing us again as we gathered in small groups to read and explore books.

Second Round

True Partnership

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 9, 2024 8:45 PM

We have served at Calvary Rescue Mission eight times and each time the menu is different, the group of men is different, the team is different, but God is still the same! Loving and serving these brothers in Christ always brings a humbling effect to our souls. Today's menu: Beef Stroganoff, Tossed Salad, Chocolate Cream Pie and Lemonade. 

True Partnership

Kitchen Help

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 9, 2024 8:46 PM

Everyone assisted in the kitchen at Calvary: we all had various duties and performed well.
Kitchen Help

Worship

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 9, 2024 8:48 PM

Karla and some of the team led us in worship; the men of Calvary joined us in song to praise the Lord.
Worship

The Message

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 9, 2024 8:53 PM

Marc delivered a memorable message on The Greatest Story Ever Told -- Jesus! He reminded us that we all have a story and should tell it. Every story helps someone to know that they also have a story. It could be of healing, deliverance, obedience, etc.; tell your story and tell someone the greatest story about Jesus and His love for us.
The Message

Treat Night

by Kari Beadner | April 10, 2024 6:59 AM

While some of the team went to the Grizzlies Basketball game, the rest of us went to Insomnia Cookies for a treat! 

Treat Night

Joseph Continues

by Kari Beadner | April 11, 2024 4:13 PM

We started Wednesday with a great devotional led by Rachel, Anna and Breannah. 

The devotional centered us as we prepared to serve.

Joseph Continues

Cleaning Day

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 11, 2024 4:21 PM

We cleaned several areas to prepare a new PPM storage room.  Everyone worked to move food items, boxes of clothing and other items to make room. The clothing boxes were taken to the Salvation Army where we met Clarence. The rooms were thoroughly clean and reset.

Cleaning Day

Mid South Food Bank

by Kari Beadner | April 11, 2024 4:33 PM

We were able to serve at the Mid South Food Bank. We packed boxes of frozen chicken, gravy and bacon for senior citizens who are in need of food access. 

We worked as a team and accomplished 3 pallets of boxes packed and stacked. 

Well Done Team! 

Mid South Food Bank

MAM

by Kari Beadner | April 11, 2024 5:13 PM

We were all excited to go to Memphis Athletic Ministries of Olivet to play with kids in the after school program. 

The school had old folks day and a few were still dressed up like grandmas and grandpas. It was really cute. 

Many of the kids remembered In Focus and this was really cool for us as we continue to build long-term relationships with our Memphis church partners and ministries. 

MAM

Basketball!

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 11, 2024 5:30 PM

After dinner, Pastor Joyce invited us to play basketball at the new Memphis Sports complex; it is an impressive center. The men played 4 games of basketball.
Basketball!

Basketball II

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 11, 2024 5:32 PM

The InFocus team and the Monument of Love team played 4 games of basketball; both teams won 2 games. 
Basketball II

Rec Day: Alex Haley

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 11, 2024 5:38 PM

We traveled to Henning, TN to visit Alex Haley's boyhood home and Interpretative Center. Mr Griffin met us to provide an impressive history of the home where Haley lived with his grandparents and mother. Haley is buried on the property and the house was restored to look like it did when his grandparents were alive. 

Rec Day: Alex Haley

Alex Haley Home

by Terrie Reed-Jackson | April 11, 2024 5:40 PM

Below is a picture of the Haley home and gravesite.
Alex Haley Home

Mexican Food

by Kari Beadner | April 11, 2024 9:08 PM

We had a late but great lunch of Mexican Food. We were all so full but grateful! 

Mexican Food

Beale Street

by Kari Beadner | April 12, 2024 8:40 AM

We took a little bit of time to visit and enjoy Beale Street. 

We saw a van with a new ministry for unhoused people and reminisced about past trips 

Beale Street

Bass Pro Shop

by Kari Beadner | April 12, 2024 8:40 AM

Next we went to Bass Pro Shop and many got new hats and lots of fun just being together. 
Bass Pro Shop

Prayer for The Robinsons

by Kari Beadner | April 12, 2024 8:44 AM

Mrs. Robinson provides wonderful meals for our team each evening. We are grateful for how she uses her gifts to bless us. We had a special time of prayer for her and her family. 

We also are so thankful for Mr. Robinson and how he gives his extra time to serve the church and our team through caring for the building. These two are powerful servants for the kingdom 

Prayer for The Robinsons

Encouraging Pastor Joyce

by Kari Beadner | April 12, 2024 8:49 AM

We love our last connection with our partner Pastor, Pastor Joyce. 


We prayed for refreshment and renewal for him to continue the race marked out for him. 

There were many meaningful prayers prayed and it was a beautiful movement of the Spirit. 

Encouraging Pastor Joyce

Praying for Group Leaders

by Kari Beadner | April 12, 2024 8:51 AM

We had a wonderful time of prayer for Karla and Marc, our Group Leaders. 


The humble servant hearts led our teams throughout the week and we know it will continue as we arrive home as well. 

Praying for Group Leaders

Marc

by Kari Beadner | April 12, 2024 8:53 AM

Marc was a group leader this week and he served, worked and led hard! 


He continued to encourage the group towards unity and to finish strong. 


The trip is not over yet-keep your mission hat on! 

Marc

See You Next Time!

by Kari Beadner | April 12, 2024 8:57 AM

We know that In Focus believes in long term relationships! The next trip is already set and we can't wait to be together again in ministry in October! 


See you next time! 

See You Next Time!

Continue Your Impact

by Praying Pelican Missions | April 12, 2024 11:57 PM

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Lydia Achieng

April 9, 2024 6:03 AM

Thank you for the great work

Lydia Achieng

April 9, 2024 6:02 AM

Thank you for the great work

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