Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
When we live out God’s calling for our lives, we find ourselves amidst countless reminders of who God is and the treasure we’ve found in salvation through Jesus. On December 7th, 11 GSM students and 6 adults met in the church lobby before travelling to Philadelphia to spend their Sunday serving with the ministry of Kingdom Kids at Urban Hope.
God deeply loves the people who live in the crowded cities of America, and He is doing a great work changing one life at a time using the many hands like this team and previous teams for young and old to come to faith in Jesus Christ. There is a harvest field of people around Urban Hope ready for you to share God’s love and salvation message with them, don’t pass up opportunities to share JESUS.
Colossians 1:28 says, “So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ…”
Throughout the day we were involved in outreach ministry primarily to the children but also connecting with their parents, family members and people passing on the sidewalks, as well as those who are hanging on the street corners.
Consider joining us on a future day-trip to Urban Hope helping with either Kingdom Kids Ministry or joining David Rice on upcoming work days scheduled in January, February and March.
Below are a few of the reflections from our GSM Lead students.
“Being down at Urban Hope in Philadelphia with all of those kids, and adults too, really opens up my eyes to how much we take for granted. Many of them are going through really tough situations, yet they come to church and are genuinely happy and praising God for all the little things. I love seeing the smiles and happiness in the kids as they sing and dance and go crazy, all in the name of the Lord”
“One thing that I learned, and always re-learn, at Urban Hope is the value of being open with people. One of the coolest things that they do in church service is write out a list of prayer requests (some of which are often personal) for the congregation to pray for. The people submit the requests by asking the congregation to pray for them, out where everyone can see them. People don’t hide their problems. They seek the power of God through prayer. It’s always a refreshing thing to see and it always resonates with me.”
“Helping with Kingdom Kids at Urban Hope was, as always, a humbling and touching experience- to know that you had a positive impact on the lives of precious children is such a blessing. I was amazed to personally experience God’s ability to speak in the most unexpected ways.”
We are grateful for the long-standing relationship with Urban Hope and their ministry in Philadelphia. If you are unfamiliar with their ministry, check out the video below to learn more. You can also click here to visit their website see more videos and testimonies by staff those whose lives have been impacted by their ministry. If you are interested in going on the next Urban Hope trip, email firstname.lastname@example.org.