As we look back on the summer of 2008 my prayer is that we will see God was at work in many different locations. About 500 volunteers in total have passed through our churches this summer with pre-planned trips. More than 400 others have come to help with disaster relief efforts in Reedsburg and Mucoda.
We are grateful for what God is doing in our churches. What is happening? One area is construction. At Campus Community Church we have seen the entire building has been refurbished. There is new siding in the building and the inside has been renovated from top to bottom.
At Midvale Baptist they now have a new foyer complete with flooring, new walls, and new doors entering into the worship center. There has also been significant improvements take place in other parts of the building.
On the ministry side, there have been more than ten block parties at churches all across the association. These block parties have drawn in numerous new people to rub shoulders with the members of our churches. Block parties have been a way to introduce our churches to people who live next door. At Campus Community Church, tours were given at the block parties to people who have lived across the street and next door. Lives are being touched.
At Gospel Baptist Church in Sparta we have seen the value of prayer walking, block parties, and VBS. They have had VBS in a park and in their church. They have also offered MOPS and Financial Peace University to the people in the community over the past months. Numerous new people have been visiting their church on Sundays.
Prairie Springs Church conducted their first VBS done by their own leadership. They had 45 children attend during the week with several new families attending. Landscaping, construction, and a new volleyball court have also been the results of volunteer help for PSC.
Trinity Baptist in Reedsburg has seen over 330 volunteers come in from all around the United States to help them with feeding, mud-out, and chaplaincy. Many people in Reedsburg have been touched by the gospel witness of disaser relief.
At our church plant in the Richland Center area, Pastor Paul Fries has worked with more than 100 volunteers from around the U.S. Paul has come to meet numerous people in Muscoda where the flooding has occurred and a Bible study is now forming.
We praise God for being at work in many and mighty ways in our churches. Although I realize this list is only partial my prayer is that these descriptions give you a flavor of the ways God is at work among us. Thank you Lord for your mercy.