The Scotland team had a very successful week ministering in the schools, churches, and surrounding areas of Edinburgh. Please keep them in your prayers as they will be heading home on Saturday evening.
Another beautiful and sunny day that the Lord has blessed us with in Scotland! Many have told us that this sunshine is very unusual, and without a doubt a blessing from God.
To start off our day, a small group went with Mike and successfully climbed Arthur's Seat, an over 800 ft., steep and rocky climb, to a breathtaking view of the city.
Natalie, Pam and Tim, then shared with a group of 35 or so high school students, about their experiences on the mission field around the world. During Tim's time of sharing, he had the kids close their eyes and imagine that they were riding a boat across the Amazon River, and just as the boat arrived in a small village on the other side, and he said, " Now open your eyes, and don't be alarmed", the fire alarm went off in the school!! We all had to exit the school, and wait for the "all clear" to go back in. We were happy to see that all of the students, and some extras, came back to hear the rest of the story. The leaders were very encouraged by this, because they said that the students didn't have to return if they didn't want to. A thought that Mike had about the timing of that fire alarm was, The Lord is sending the fire to Scotland!
Another group went to George Watson's private elementary school to work with the younger students. After Steve's strong man presentation, a 10 year old girl came up to him and said, "Sir, thank you so much for teaching me more about God". What an awesome way to end the presentation.
A third group went to All Saints Cafe to help serve breakfast/lunch, while interacting with all of those who entered. They also prayed for a man with medical issues.
In the afternoon we hand some free time to spend on the Royal Mile, shopping, walking, taking a tour of the Edinburgh Castle, St. Gile's Church, and enjoying a coffee or Chai tea at Starbucks.
Thankful for another full day of sharing, fun, and a goodnight's sleep!
The Lord moved in amazing ways today. Before we departed for the day, we were treated with a proper Scottish breakfast. After, our group was split into three teams. One to minister at the church cafe, and the other two we were sent into the schools. God opened up amazing doors yesterday and we felt the Holy Spirit working. We gave our testimonies and told the kids of what God had done in our lives. Steve did his "Strong Man," act, and the kids soaked up every second! In the evening, we hosted a youth cafe. Sonya, Natalie, Cassie, and Steve, all spoke what God laid on their hearts to share. It was a powerful night. People are being reached, and we can already see it. Thank you all for your continued prayers. You're also making a difference in this country.
The team is doing great. We did 6 school groups on Tuesday - primary and high school. Steve the"redneck" has been a hit with the young and old alike.
Sonya led a song with motions which the kids loved. Gwen interacted with the kids doing crafts. We ended the day at All Nations Church at an informal cafe meeting where Nattalie led. Everyone is tired and stretched but I believe Holy Spirit is pleased. Bill
Today was a school holiday here in Scotland. So this was our "free day".
We went to the Scotland parliament for a tour and met at the end in a conference room for prayer. We spent the afternoon by the North Sea shore in North Berwick and ate some great fish & chips. Some climbed a wee hill (614 feet) and others enjoyed some small town shopping.
The evening was a team work session in preparation for 5 school sessions tomorrow. At 10 pm several of our team went to the city center at 10pm for an outreach.
Pray for the team today as we form 3 sub-teams for out reaches in primary and high schools, neighbor hoods, and an evening youth cafe.
Our good,good father
Sunday was an awesome day, we started with fellowship and singing to OUR GOOD GOOD FATHER. That was the theme for the day and it was amazing that everywhere we went these were the words spoken. Our first service was at all Nations, a neighborhood church that truly has people of all nations. Steve entertained them while telling of God's love, all were amazed by his strength, and touched by his heart.
Our next service was at Bridge Family Church, a small but growing church as prophesied by Steve and the pastor. It is truly amazing to me at the unlikely places you will find a church here in Scotland, when there are so many empty church buildings. It has been prophesied that there will be a move of God in Scotland, and it will be the youth that will lead it, which leads to our next service.
We went to Elim Church in Morningside District. We ministered to the youth, Steve sat and encouraged and ministered to the youth, he has a heart that is bigger then he is. Cassie gave her testimony about The Father and her father, how God works! Then Natalie sat and took us to The Lord, such a gentle, loving and fierce heart she has. Once again it is the younger generation leading us to God and showing us the way.
I am so very excited about the rest of this trip and what God has for us and this country.
Tomorrow at 1pm our Scotland team will be leaving for Scotland to work with Message of Hope. They will be ministering in several schools, ministering on the streets, and in a couple of churches. Please keep them in prayer during this time as we believe for revival and awakening in the land BACK to the heart of God. He's the desire of the nations, and we are so excited to send this team to reveal Jesus through both spiritual and practical ways.
Stay posted for daily updates on what Holy Spirit does during their time there!
You know you live a rich life when it takes an entire hand to count all of the events happening in a single day that are all connected in some way for the sake of the Kingdom!
Victory Compassion Ministries was blessed to be a part many wonderful events around our city. Here are a few we want to highlight...
We had our Compassion 5K event at Roosevelt Park bright and early Saturday morning. There were many people and families who came out and it was truly a wonderful time! We are so very thankful to all of our sponsors! Especially Trolio's for being our timing service, and donating all of our T-shirts and medals, and Chick-fil-A for donating delicious sandwiches! We also would like to thank our incredible volunteers. Steve and Maria Hoffmaster putting in countless hours of canvassing, donated water, granola bars, and apples, and putting together several lovely baskets for our drawing! Alyssa Jones organized all our registrations, Suzie Dobson went above and beyond to take care of tables, Danny Yergan got the sounds system, and the list goes on! To all of our volunteers (Danielle Vitto, Alisha Hetherington, Mark & Alan Summers, Jennifer Miller, Joelle Johnson, Maranda Fordley, & Nicole Bone) thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did to help make this day a success! We couldn't have done it without each of you!
Another event that took place Saturday afternoon was the Lincoln Knolls Better Block that our friends at the YNDC hosted right down the road from our community center. The Linc busted out the Victory Kids bounce house and set up a cookie decorating table for the kids! The whole afternoon was full of life! It was truly such a pleasure to get to meet more people in the community we love so very much. A huge thanks to Derrick McDowell, Amanda Prentice, and Phil Macri for representing the Linc at this event and revealing Jesus to all who came!
Here are a few of the updates we have gotten so far...
Greetings from Cambodia! Today was a wonderful day! Most of the day, we ministered by washing the hair of 72 children, many whom had lice. This was a main concern of the missionary asking if we would do this. I am so proud of our young men on the team. They stepped up washing and combing many heads and didn't hesitate because of the conditions. They were troopers all day. After the washings, the young woman on the team fixed their hair and placed tiaras on the girls' heads and painted fingernails. While the boys received purple capes-emphasizing the fact that they are children of the King! They each received a wellness bag to take home as well that included personal hygiene items.
Wow! What an amazing day we had today! Thank you all for your continued prayers. We so do appreciate and covet them. We had over 150 children today joining us for VBS. It was a little chaotic at first, because so many children kept coming in and it was hard to keep track. But with God's help, we quickly devised a plan! We opened the service with songs in Khemer and English then had a short skit, which displayed how Jesus is always with us and that He loves us. We found out from the missionary at dinner, that this skit was perfect for these children because in the Buddhism faith there is a lot of fear with spirits. After the skit, Daniella shared a word that further emphasized the love of Jesus. She then gave an alter call; where many first timers received. We then broke up into smaller groups - one group did crafts and the other two groups did a smaller one on one lesson with the kids; emphasizing God's love for them. We had some very good conversations with some very deep questions concerning their walk with Jesus. It was a very special time reemphasizing the love that Jesus has for us. Please continue to pray as tomorrow we are expecting a lot more children as the word is getting out! Our goal is to reach this whole village so that they can reach their surrounding villages and impact this nation for the Kingdom!
For more updates on all the team has been doing check out the Victory Compassion Facebook page HERE!
Our Cambodia team is leaving bright and early tomorrow to minister to the beautiful people of Kampong Channg until the 25th. Please pray for them as they hold a VBS, wellness clinic, and teach English. We are believing for safe travels, divine appointments, and that through everything they do the people see JESUS and come to know Him personally!
Last night's NOW Youngstown event was a huge success. So many lives were touched by the love of Christ which we believe is the only thing needed for lasting change. He is everything!
We were so excited to have some of our United student leaders be a part of the event! Danielle Vitto was their fearless leader who assigned them to different areas. They came eager to serve, but not knowing quite what to expect! They jumped right into things before the service and helped with face painting, our own cookie decorating table, as well as other areas, and joined in to intercede and minister to people during the service. They truly showed Jesus' pure love in all that they did.
These pictures don't do the evening justice. The magnitude of the light and love of Christ being released in such a dark place is unable to be captured or described. We believe the impact of what Holy Spirit did last night will have a positive, ripple effect for generations. All because of Love. To God be the glory!
The past two Tuesdays NOW Youngstown has been at Victory Estates and Heart Reach with a team of people from all different churches equipped and ready to love the people of our city to life! Victory Compassion Ministries had a cookie decorating table for the kiddos of Victory Estates full of fun, colorful icing and sprinkles! This past Tuesday there were two young men who had NEVER heard the gospel before and made the decision to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This is happening in our very own city. The time is NOW for everyone to know Who Jesus is and what He has done for them. If you'd like to be a part of this incredible outreach sign up here under NOW Youngstown.
If you would like to join in with incredible outreach please sign up, and we will get you connected!
Last Saturday, April 23rd we hosted an Easter Party and Easter egg hunt for the kids of ESA Park Apartments. (Yes, we know Easter was in the end of March, but it's Ohio - the weather would not have cooperated then.) :)
I love going down to this little community. Some of these children come from really rough family situations. A lot of them walk up hesitantly, watching us from the corner of their eyes. Sometimes within minutes they are playing jumping and having fun... Some take a little bit longer though, and slowly the facade of toughness they put on falls away and the kid inside of them comes rushing out.
Some of our wonderful students from United joined us in reaching out to this community. They played with kids, dressed up as the Easter Bunny and put on a skit depicting some of the misconceptions people have about Easter and what the truth really is! Then Danielle Vitto stepped up and shared about Jesus coming to die for us and that being the real reason we celebrate Easter.
Finally the kids were released to run for the Easter Eggs - we were blessed with over 900 Easter Eggs, so these kiddos got lots of candy and left very happy!
Thank you so much to all those who donated candy, eggs and came and volunteered! Jesus is shining His light into this community and we are so excited to be a small part.
All our love,
Pastor Joelle Rauch and Victory Compassion Ministries Local Outreach.
Our Romania team has arrived safely back home! The following is a recap "thank you" video from the building site. Enjoy!
Our amazing team from Romania has safely returned home! We are so amazed and proud of all of the hard work they did and the lives that they impacted!
This marks the last day that the whole construction team will be working together, as tomorrow is a personal day. However, a few are going to stay behind to finish putting the sheathing on the trusses, so that the roof can be closed in. So, much was accomplished today! PTL! I have included a few pictures for your enjoyment:
AMAZING....THEY WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH CONSTRUCTING A 4,000 square foot building in only a week....What mighty men we have at VCC!!
After their work day today, they all met with the orphan kids to had dinner with them:
After dinner, the team took the kids back to the building site to do a Bible Study. Here, Mark gave a study on the Foolish Man & the Wise Man, found in Matthew 7:24-27. As an opener, Mark divided the kids into two teams; one representing the foolish man, and the other representing the wise man. Then he gave each of them some wood and nails and had each team build a house. The wise man team had to build it on the concrete/foundation of the building; while the foolish team had to build theirs in a pile of sand. Needless to say, the kids were able to visualize the importance of a strong foundation; representing our spiritual walk with the Lord.
Continue to lift our team members in your prayers that they will enjoy their last day, and that they will gain their strength for their journey home tomorrow night, as they have spent themselves working hard all week! I will keep you posted during their journey back to the states!
Below is a word from one of our team member's, Kaitlyn Osborn, who has been ministering at the baby hospital with Donna Reed:
These past few days we've been showing these babies God's unconditional love. Since most of them are developmentally behind we've been helping them walk, helping them feed themselves, doing massage therapy and just hugging on them. Many of them have no trust for anyone because of what they've been through, so any amount of happiness we can bring them is worth it. It is amazing how attached you can get to them in just a short week. My heart breaks thinking thattomorrow is our last day here. But Donna and I have not held anything back and will continue to pour into these children. Thank you for your prayers.
Today was another successful day as our construction team was able to complete the second floor, and 1/3 of the floor joists for the 3rd floor attic. Tomorrow, they are hoping to complete the floor joists on the 3rd floor, as well as, start building the rafters for the roof. Please pray for safety, as now they are getting very high in the air - approximately 30-32 feet high.
The women, Donna and Katelyn, went to the baby hospital today, and spent a few hours loving on them. This is always such an important time to be able to have someone to hold these babies, as many are sick and have been so brutally abused by their parents that they need love to heal their little bodies. Remember these two as it is very difficult to leave the little ones after you spend time with them...a special bond seems to take place and it gets very difficult to leave them behind.
After dinner this evening, they took some time off and went to the hot springs. This was very refreshing for all of them, as they have been working very hard
thus far! Continue to pray for strength and health, and for continued good weather!
Thank you again VCC Family, for all of your support and prayers in sending this team out! There has been tremendous fruit, and many lives will be changed in the future through your faithful giving and sending out.
To God be the glory!
Watch the final wall on the 2nd floor go up! These guys are amazing and we are so proud of them!
Please continue to pray for their health, safety and strength. And keep checking back for more updates.