Thursday, May 12, 2011

Learning To Serve

Last night, most of the team drove down to Needles to wait tables for the Needles High School senior banquet. We were paid for our services, but the event wasn't really a fundraiser. Instead, we saw it as an opportunity to learn and practice our ability to serve.
Probably the most important ability a team member can take to Bulgaria is the ability to serve unconditionally, with no thought for self. In essence, we go to make ourselves slaves to the Church there, willing to do whatever they need or want us to do.
Last night, we served in a comfortable, air-conditioned room for a few short hours and went home exhausted! In just a handful of weeks, we will be serving from early in the morning to late at night, without air conditioning, on a strange diet, while missing our families. It is important that we are prepared to do so with, not only a smile, but true joy radiating from each of us.
I told the group last night, "We are not here to make money or to have fun... although we will do a little of both! We are here to serve." It's essential that we are properly motivated and clearly understand the task before us in going to Bulgaria. This will not be a vacation. We are not going primarily for US... to have a great time, do something cool over the summer, get some experience, etc. We are going because God has sent us to be His hands and feet to the Church He loves over there. When God is done working for them, we can be done...
In the meantime, may God give us hearts to genuinely serve... not for ourselves, or even for those we are serving... but for Him! May we do so gracefully and joyfully, setting aside our own emotions, wants, and needs to care for the needs of others.

Слава на Бога!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Yard Sale This Weekend!

Friday and Saturday, May 6-7
7am to Noon
Calvary Chapel Bullhead City
1690 Newberry Drive 

This weekend, we're kicking off our second yard sale of the year to raise funds for our team's travel expenses. Our last yard sale raised about $2000 and we're hoping to do as well or better this weekend.

We've got some great stuff that the church family has donated to the cause, including: furniture, appliances, electronics, clothing, and much, much more! Thanks to everybody who shared out of their abundance...

We'll be doing pickups this afternoon, so if you have stuff to donate give the church a call and we can swing by to pick it up.

God bless and hope to see you this weekend!

Monday, May 2, 2011

More Team Changes

Well, our team has shrunk a bit but we're pretty set in stone now so there should be no more changes. We were unable to book a group rate on the flights we needed, which usually allows us to reserve a block of tickets without committing to a firm number until much closer to departure. Since the group deal wasn't available, we had to purchase tickets immediately to lock in pricing and get the whole team on the same flights. As a result, we had to nail down exactly who was going, which required a firm commitment and ability to pay from everyone. Several members weren't able to make that happen at this date, but we've purchased tickets for the ones that are 100% on board. The final team roster is:
  • Pastor Chuck Kelly
  • Lynda Kelly
  • Pastor Mike Kern
  • Megan Kern
  • Joey Leslie
  • Zach Drew
  • Linzi Drew
  • Vernon Garrett
  • Roy Garret
  • Mayla Truncali
We're eight weeks out from departure and getting more excited every day! We're also still pushing forward in our fundraising, with deadlines in the middle of May and June that we each have to meet.
With that in mind, we'll be having our next big yard sale this weekend, so if you're in the Bullhead City area, stop by on Friday or Saturday from 7am to noon. We've got some great stuff donated by the local church body so spread the word!