North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

August 2, 2018 | YWAM Day 3

Day Three — One full of children and tag and walking and water games (ask the students to play drip, drip, drop!) and evangelism and getting out of our comfort zones! After dinner and our last VBS of the day, we stopped by Page Dairy Mart for some ice cream before heading to the Point for fountain fun and story sharing. Here are a few stories from yesterday: “One of my favorite parts of the 3rd day was when we were finished with the VBS with the Greenway kids and we started splashing water on each other. During evangelizing I met a little boy who was visiting from China and he had a soccer ball and a lot of energy so I offered to kick it around with him. He was so sweet, and when we departed he and I screamed bye back and forth. Prospect Park was fun as always. The kids were so excited that there were double prizes today. I saw my friend Moe Moe again and I can see her love and knowledge for the Lord. All in all it was and amazing day and I really want to come back next year.” Bethany M. “Going into this trip I expected to change the lives of these kids but little did I know it would be the opposite. One little girl, Christina, she is now my best friend, and has a piece of my heart forever. This little girl changed me and I hope that in some way our group has changed her too!” Kelsey M “This week has been amazing so far! It has been full of love, fun and amazing kids. One of the kids that has stuck out to me for the past two years was a little 6year old girl named Drina. Drina is a loving caring kid with a spirit for the Lord. She may not fully understand who God is but she definitely shows the light of God through her fun personality. Every day that we would arrive at Prospect Park she would come running up to me jump up on me and then we would go off and play on the monkey bars. For her this week I had learned that God can work through kids in miraculous ways! She has shown me the love of God and inspires me to be more loving every day.” Liza M “YWAM Adventure was amazing. Yesterday was a good day. I had fun running around with the kids making some relationships. The one kid that stood out to me was Arby because I can see he is a special kid and he is blessed with God. I hope that we can maintain a relationship and keep on building a relationship when he gets a little bit older.” Tracy E

August 1, 2018 | Day 2

Last night, we all drove up to Mount Washington to debrief and share stories about the day (and of course take a lot of pictures). Below are just a few of the things that the students shared. Keep praying for us — God is moving! “We talked to a man at solarium and he seemed really nice! We did an activity with him asking him about his life and what he would want it to look like someday, and what his viewpoint on God was. He said that he wanted a better job, as he was a rejected professor. Then Karlie volunteered me to pray for him. I was terrified, but God slowly but surely gave me the words to pray over him, and something must have clicked with him because when he walked away he told us we had changed his whole day around.” Maddie C. “I spent last school year in the country of Qatar in the Middle East. On this YWAM trip I was excited to hear that we would be doing a VBS in Greenway with many Muslim kids. As I was there today, I recognized a word in Arabic as well as many of the names from Arab friends in Qatar. I enjoyed meeting 13 and 15 year old girls from Yemen and explaining about how I lived in the Middle East last year, which started a connection with them. It was really cool to have the experience of living in a Muslim country and spending time with Muslim friends because I was able to make a better connection with the kids and understand more about their culture.” Annabel B. “Last night at Prospect Park I had a great conversation with a boy during regroup. He was sitting there really quiet and not answering any of the questions so I reached out to him and started to ask him the question on my own. He was pretty timid at first but eventually I got him to open up and he answered a question I asked him. He then started to ask me questions about God. He asked me, ”so who made God?” I honestly don’t know but this is the answer I had. I told him I don’t know I think He was just there. After that he asked me who made the world. I explained to him that God made EVERYTHING and I told him to look all around, I said do you see the trees, everything around us God made that and said He loved it very much but want to know something really cool, God also made you and He LOVES you SO MUCH. That put a smile on his face and that put a big smile on my face! He asked me why did God make us I told him that God made us to share His word with others. I then started to explain how much God loves us and told him how Jesus died for us and how because He died when we mess up we sin we can ask for forgiveness and we can have it. Later when we were almost done with everything and were playing with the kids for the last couple of minutes before they had to leave he came back up to me and asked, so who made Jesus, I explained that God made Jesus to die for us on the cross to forgive us of our sin again. I thought that was really awesome that he actually walked up to me on his own and wanted me to share things about God with him -- that definitely put a smile on my face!” Angelo Z.