Archive for March, 2014

14 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 6

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Regent University - Jana and LaurenWe made the most of our last day of ministry in Richmond. From tutoring in public schools to digging in the dirt, our team had a jam packed day working in the community. Thank you for praying for our team throughout our trip!

Spring: Today I got the opportunity to hang out with some awesome kindergartners at Chimborazo Elementary School. Although considered one of the best schools in the neighborhood, the school still needs assistance. In our classroom, we got to go through reading stations with the kids and bring them to lunch. I had an awesome opportunity during the reading stations to minister to one of the girls named Spring. Read more

06 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 5

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Regent University - LaurenWe couldn’t think of a better way to spend Ash Wednesday. We worked with kids, served in houses and ended the evening with a special Ash Wednesday service.

Getting “Wacky:” Today was “Wacky Wednesday” where the students from CHAT get to choose electives such as cooking, sewing, JV basketball, and dancing. Half of our group helped out in these events while the other group of us went to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to tutor the younger kids. Read more

05 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 4

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Regent University - paintingFrom painting projects, to tearing up carpets, our mission team served local homes and organizations. Towards the end of the day, we threw on our gym clothes and headed to the dodge ball and basketball courts. With a rainbow of foam balls flying, we engaged in an epic dodge ball tournament with a group of local middle schoolers and high schoolers. Read more about our fourth day in Richmond below from Esther and Emily.

The simple acts: This morning we had a devotional with Paul and Anna, two CHAT leaders, and the message was so on point. Paul spoke on the passage of John 15 and how Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Even though pruning may seem like a hurtful process, it is all out of love. Paul also challenged us to tell God, “I know I’m going to see you today, help me to acknowledge you and see you in all things.” This really encouraged me because, although that may be my prayer many times, I don’t always act upon it. Regent University - activitiesHowever, today while my group cleaned out a house, I remember just scrubbing a toilet and finding the joy in that simple act. I realized that even though it may not seem like much, it is still ministry and it is act of praise. God has been teaching me to find joy in the small things because ministry does not always have to look like a busy schedule or doing big events. Today blessed me so much and I’m looking forward to more adventures tomorrow.

-Esther Acosta

Making Friends: Today was a full, but tiring day. We cleaned a whole rental house, including ripping up carpet, and we also got to hang out with the kids in the neighborhood at the gym. There were a couple of girls there who I wanted to connect with, but I felt intimidated by the year-long interns who already had an established relationship with the students. Regent University - dodge ballI decided to share my fear with our understanding leader, Jason, instead of just internalizing it. He encouraged me to just “go for it” and go up to the girls and say, “Hey, my name Emily and I’m going to be your friend.” I immediately decided that even though I only have a few days left here to develop relationships, “what do I have to lose?” I ended up making friends with these two amazing, loving girls. We had some small talk, played dodge-ball, and laughed about how I couldn’t pronounce their names. One girl hugged me and said she hopes she sees me tomorrow—success.

-Emily Kooiman

04 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 3

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“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

With a blanket of snow covering Richmond, we took the early part of the day to learn more about CHAT’s mission and serve them by completing tasks that will enhance their ministry. Read below to learn more about our experiences serving and residing in Richmond. Read more

03 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Days 1 & 2

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The Regent University Richmond Mission Trip has officially begun. Over the course of the next week, students will facilitate the inner city children programs run by Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT). Regent students will be writing each day about their experiences. Check back on the Out of the Ordinary Student blog for updates. You can also follow the hashtag #RUatRVA on Instagram and Twitter to see live updates from the trip. Please be praying for our team as they serve the Lord and His people this week.

Regent University - Slave Trail WalkArriving in Richmond: Saturday afternoon we arrived in Richmond, unloaded our luggage, and headed straight for the Richmond Slave Trail. I had no idea that Richmond was the second largest city for slave trade and I did not know what to expect when we started the trail. We were told that the slave trail would be a couple hours of walking and it would also be a prayer walk, praying for the city, healing, and particularly race reconciliation. Read more