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Thursday, June 26

The team finished the mission activities on Wednesday night, which was family night. We got to meet the parents we gave dolls, which were made by some of our ladies at Fairview, to the children. We were blessed to spend this time at Church of the Cove and hope to continue our relationship with them. They are a church with a mission focus both at home and abroad. But we were also blessed to spend this time with each other. Our families now share an experience that has brought us closer to each other. Not only did we work with the Church of the Cove, but we explored Tuckaleechee Caverns, see the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains, and jump off of a big rock into the river. It was a wonderful week. Prayerfully consider your involvement in the next mission opportunity.

Tuesday, June 24

We have been blessed with beautiful weather and wonderful fellowship. The team has really enjoyed working with the Church of the Cove and getting to know one another better. We have also been reminded of the admonition to be ready “in season and out of season.” The guest speaker for Monday evening could not make it so I (Bro Kevin) had the opportunity and privilege to speak to the children. The night before, Mr. Mike had twisted metal rods, ripped phone books in half and bent horseshoes with his bare hands. So I tried, and failed, to crush a cinder block with my bare hands. I reminded the kids that there are just some things that we simply cannot do, like get to heaven on our own strength; and there are some things only God can do, like make a way for us to be with him in heaven. Romans 5:8 tells us that “when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Jesus crushed the power of sin and was strong enough to take us heaven. What a beautiful truth.

Monday June 23

We have settled into the mission routine. We were blessed with wonderful worship yesterday with the Church of the Cove and Sports Camp was kicked off last night with a Gospel presentation by Mike Hagen of the strength team. There are about 50 children and our primary involvement with Sports Camp will begin tonight. We woke up this morning to a warm mountain summer day and did some painting and wood sealing around the church campus. The next few days will be like this one – morning works of service and evening Sports Camp with the children. Our Christian brothers and sisters here have been so accommodating and appreciative. Continue to pray for us as we pray for you and World Changers back in Columbus.