North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

August 3, 2018 | Surf City Post Trip

On our way back from Surf City we had an awesome week of fun and bonding in community with each other while we all got to experience God’s presence in a fresh way. Many of our guy students in our younger cabin opened up for the first time about things they had been struggling with. It was awesome in my cabin particularly to see the guys rally around each other and encourage each other. These moments are ground breaking and for years they will be talking about praying for each other and edifying each other. Some of boys have been showing immense curiosity and had heard from God for the first time! One of our 8th grade girls, Abigail, had a bad muscle pull/tear in her quad and had it wrapped. She couldn’t walk on it and had to use crutches during the week. At worship on Wednesday night Abby felt like God spoke to her that He was going to heal her leg. And Abby walked out of club with no crutches and was 100% again! God healed Abby. Later that evening we all gathered at the outdoor theater and Kristen led is in worship. This was also an awesome moment and something new for us to do that night. Abby got to share her testimony of God healing also. And… this Friday morning, Abby Helsel and Jess Link in 8th grade were baptized in the lake!! They had felt like God was putting it on their heart for them to do so.. so they did! It’s so incredible to see how God has been moving in our students lives and it is an honor to be a part of it. This trip has been so spiritually moving for all of us as leaders. I feel like God is calling our students to go deeper with Him. So many of them are mature in their faith and I see a hunger in them. And this trip was just a marker of all of this.

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