Guest post by Sarai Grace Stanford, Communications Fellow

This summer has been a busy time for our Serving and Outreach Ministry with three teams serving internationally—in Mexico, Costa Rica and Uganda. Led by our Director of Global Missions Stephanie Powell, church members served as the hands and feet of Christ through everything from homebuilding, to leadership development and even through hosting a soccer tournament. 

In Mexico, the first trip of the summer in early June, our team served through homebuilding with YUGO Ministries. We had 28 team members working on two home construction sites. Team members had the chance to grow in relationships with one another and, most importantly, with the families they were serving. They got the opportunity to worship at a local church and experience the Holy Spirit transforming people in a way they had never seen before. Since this is an annual trip, there are typically a lot of veteran team members who come back year after year to love on a community that has stolen their hearts. At the end of the trip, team members have an opportunity to respond by sharing with one another how the Lord has transformed their lives, and almost every time, they share that it’s watching and serving people who are so spiritually full and trust so deeply in the Lord despite having so few worldly possessions. 

In July, several church members traveled to San Isidro, Costa Rica to visit a small church, Amigos de la Fe, or Friends of the Faith, with the purpose of pouring into the congregation and its leaders through spiritual development. They hosted a program for children and adults. Group members preached and shared testimonies with the adults while the children engaged in Bible stories and crafts. Throughout the trip, relationships were formed and God worked through members to encourage Amigos de la Fe. One team member recounts that they prayed, laughed and cried with these people and how this was an amazing example of God’s love. Stephanie, (901) 202-6050.