Monday, April 23, 2012

Awana Missions Night

There was a lot of excitement at Awana this past Wednesday! The kids in our Sparks and Truth in Training programs got to travel around the world learning about different countries and thinking about how they might share the good news of Jesus in those places. Representatives from four different countries shared about life and missions.

Josh Whitbeck shared about Germany. He taught the kids in his group to say Jesus loves you in German!

Julie Gatewood shared pictures and memories from her family's time in Holland, and fed the children special Dutch treats!

The Foullon family shared about the country of Mexico where they have traveled several times on mission trips. At the end of their session they led the kids in a traditional Mexican Hat Dance!

We had a couple of special guests at our club. Lorraine Reece (who attends Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego) came to share about the country of Japan. She and her husband were church planting missionaries there for 47 years! For the last 10 years she has served as a teacher in the Cubbies Club at Mountain Park.

To top off the night the children were able to enjoy a Skype interview with one of our very own missionaries who is on the mission field in Slovenia. Stephanie Rogers woke up before 4 AM, her time, to be able to join us. The kids themselves asked Stephanie several questions. She shared about how God called her to become a missionary at a very young age and encouraged the children that they too can be a missionary. For the last several weeks the kids have been bringing duct tape, frisbees, and kickballs to be used in the summer camp programs Stephanie helps run for youth in Slovenia. In total the New Life Awana clubs donated over 50 items for this project!

Please pray that God would continue to raise up young people from New Life Church to bring the good news about Jesus around the world!

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