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Update from Browncroft Community Church
God's Plans > Our Plans

by Elisabeth | July 8, 2013 11:21 PM

After an early breakfast at the hotel we headed to the church for quiet time, and to pack our lunches for the day. Pastor Derrick presented some tips to ensure the safety of the children we'll be working with, and then we split into two groups for a day of ministering in the communities of Dolton and Park Forest. Our best laid plans of doing park cleanup were suddenly changed by the torrential downpour that lasted until after lunch. God's plans were better anyhow! Those of us who stayed in Dolton worked with the Dolton Park Service on straightening, organizing, and taking inventory of two large storage sheds. A lot of the tools we were sorting and taking inventory of will be put to use later in the week in our ministry! The other half of the team stayed at the church to stuff church literature in door hangers, for use on prayer walks throughout the week. Although they initially planned on helping the City of Dolton clean up several abandoned houses, the rain shifted the teams focus. We drove to each of the houses to assess the work that needed done, but more importantly, spent time praying over the homes and neighborhoods we drove through. God brought sunshine in his perfect timing. It dried out just in time for our sports ministry in the afternoon. With half of us in Park Forest, and half of us in Dolton we spent quality time with a lot of kids and teens in the afternoon. Basketball and Nine Square (an expansion of four square) were special favorites of the team and local kids alike! While the older kids played sports, we enjoyed spending time with the younger children singing songs, and decorating cardboard treasure chests to remind them that we are God's treasure. In the evening we put on a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at a local recreation center. While some of us enjoyed playing basketball, others spent time getting to know the the community members who were watching the action and playing with the younger children who were there. We're hoping to see some of the same families come back throughout the week. Pray that God energizes and encourages us as we continue to serve the communities of Dolton and Park Forest, and the congregation of New Community Church.
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