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I'm Dead

Last Thursday I picked up a group of 16 from Texas.
Last Sunday we were joined by a group of 35 from Pennsylvania.
This past Sunday the Pennsylvania group went home.
Yesterday we took the Texas group to the airport.

What happened in between these dates was a pretty amazing week.

The theme for the week was "I'm Dead" and was taken from John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." For about 12 days I worked with some great students who raised $4-500 each to come to Chesapeake, VA to tell the world about Christ. They did that and so much more and I am so proud of them.

At a glance:
- The Texas group started their week by visiting Liberty University (Thanks Tadd for hooking us up with housing)

- They put on a great "Church at the Beach" down along the shoreline of Virginia Beach.

- Both groups enjoyed a week of worship and teaching that challenged them to take big risks, accomplish God-sized dreams, Worship with reckless abandon and die to self daily.

- They passed out thousands of pieces of information to our community about Focal Point Church.

- They passed out nearly a thousand pieces of information for an upcoming event at Ben's Church, RCC.

- They toured Washington D.C. (many for the first time) and watched 4th of July fireworks on the National mall with the Washington Monument as their backdrop.

- They put on two block parties for our community.

- They spent 2.5 days repairing a home for a family in need in Norfolk. These kids did an AMAZING job renovating this house. New paint, repaired walls, power washed the house, complete landscaping job including planting new beds and pulling weeds, etc. The house looked fantastic!

- Three of the Texas kids had never flown before this week. One had never been further north than Houston.

- They enjoyed a day at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg VA.


These kids had an amazing week full of new experiences and lots of lessons from the Lord. Chesapeake was definitely impacted by the lives of these students. I can't thank them enough for coming. In addition to our students we were blessed by all of their sponsors. These adults rolled with the punches and kept a fantastic attitude all week. Many sleepless nights and long, hot days gave this group challenge after challenge but they met each one with grace and strength. God did great things and I'm glad to have spent the last 12 days with these brothers and sisters in Christ.

posted by Tally Wilgis @ Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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