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Central Asia 2018: Fine Tuning the Plans

Posted by Kim Velting on

What a wonderful day! What a wonderful place! What a wonderful people! Today we had some time before the planning meeting so we scheduled a visit with one of the B4T operations and met several others that were meeting for the same purpose. We had a wonderful time looking at all the improvements...

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Central Asia 2018: Safe & Happy arrival

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Posted by Kim Velting on

Praise the Lord, for a safe and uneventful journey to Central Asia. Our flight arrived at 6:20 this morning. It is so strange to think that as we are experiencing the breaking of dawn, the folks back in GR haven't even seen the previous sunset. The Pastor picked us up - having been at the...

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Kalamazoo 2018: Day One Update

Posted by Jackie Rice on

Our first day of work projects is in the books! We spent the morning serving at Ministry With Community. They operate a day shelter in downtown Kalamazoo that provides social services, free laundry, breakfast and lunch. The kids picked up trash around the facility, washed windows, sprayed down...

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Kalamazoo 2018: Monday's Evening Activities

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One of the parts of this trip that's so unique is the kids get to enjoy the activities at Miracle Camp in the evenings. We had waterfront time before dinner where they could enjoy the blob, swimming and small boats. Then after dinner they got to zipline for two hours.  They had a...

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Kalamazoo 2018: We Have Arrived

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We made it safely to Kalamazoo! After settling into our rooms, we took a tour of the camp. This was followed by our first session of worship and teaching. Our group had a chance to break down the teaching afterwards, as well as share ways we have been noticing God in our lives lately. Free...

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MADISON 2018: THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UPDATE

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Good morning! Our Madison team returns home today! Please be in prayer for safe travels, good conversations along the way, and most importantly, for the Spirit to give our students continued eagerness to build upon the lessons and experiences of this trip as they apply what they learned in...

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MADISON 2018: WEDNESDAY UPDATE

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The latest from Matt Horling... Today we had the honor of doing some dirty work! In the morning both crew 1 and 2 went to separate local gardens to help weed and prepare the soil. We joined in the afternoon at a third local garden and continued to pull weeds there! This evening during group...

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MADISON 2018: TUESDAY UPDATE

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The latest from Matt Horling... Today we had the opportunity to assist a library in preparing crafts for their summer outreach programs. One of the great challenges in Madison, Wisconsin is keeping the youth out of trouble during the summer. The local library has programs for when kids are not...

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Madison 2018: Sunday & Monday Update

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Hello! Josh Karhan here posting on behalf of our Madison team for 2018. I am supporting our leaders and students who are "in the trenches" from here in Grand Rapids. I have been hearing great things from our leaders about their first couple of days with Next Step Ministries. Travel to Madison...

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Sunday Festival Update

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Thank you for praying--God met every need and gave another joyful festival day. We were thankful as a team to be here. Many hands were needed to serve the families who attended. God gave us the privilege of sharing much fun, hospitality, and laughter with families from several nations. The event...

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