Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy 2018!   It is so nice to know that we can celebrate new things, and the future to come as we trust in Jesus.  We just wanted to keep you updated on what things have been happening at Akina these past few months.  We had an amazing Christmas service at Kids Club.  A special group of jugglers came to share their skills and the gospel with the kids.  Students even received gifts from our amazing partners at Grace Church in Eden Prairie.  I think that this was one of the most amazing Christmas parties we have had, and we have only heard positive things from all the kids!

We were also blessed to be able to take the kids who are a part of our Thursday night literacy and discipleship group to Emmanuel's Christmas Eve service in Spring Lake Park.  The younger kids loved it, and the teenagers were touched by the service, going forward for prayer.  God is so good and loving to keep drawing kids from broken places into his arms! Many blessings to you this new year!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Isaiah 58

Before you read this, read Isaiah 58.  Start at verse 6 if the first part doesn't apply, or makes you mad.  I realize I may be using the Bible to sway your opinion.  I am ok with that!  I have  been having a blast in our new literacy program at Akina.  The kids are fun, and so eager for attention!  We have been reading with kids at their reading levels to help fluency and comprehension, and reading aloud from "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.  It is an amazing time.  It is a perfect place to practice what God is talking about in Isaiah 58.  We have hurting, at risk kids hungry to know Jesus!  It is a huge open harvest field!

We need you!  These kids need you!  The more volunteers we have to lend an ear, build relationships, and actively disciple, the more amazing results we will see.  Are you interested in changing the world?  Our middle school crew would love someone to mentor them, as well as the preschool crew.  But we would love to work with anyone interested!  Thursdays start at 5:30, with dinner at 6, and discipleship at 6:30.  Contact us  at the5packfamily@gmail.com if you can make it.  Our Akina kids are looking for positive affirmation and strong role models!  Would you be the one?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Restored!

I was extremely blessed by our Akina Kids Camps in Wisconsin this year.  I had the privilege of teaching the girls camp, and Dan was able to teach the boys.  One of my favorite things we did was a throw back to my Ft. Myers Master's Commission Days.  We talked about the woman who poured her perfume at the feet of Jesus.  This story alone is super powerful considering where some of the kids come from.  They deal with shame on a level I may never know.  Then, we gave them time in small groups to write down all of their pain, shame, and sin on  post-it notes which they  placed in small, cardboard boxes.  At the last lesson, as the students were given the opportunity to accept Christ, they were able to burn their boxes.  This was a way to symbolically offer their brokenness to Christ, and joyfully embrace the start of a new life!

I was amazed how much the kids wrote things down, and opened up about their lives.  God was so faithful, and when the time came to burn their boxes, it was a thoughtful and anointed time.  I am so excited to see how the Lord will continue his healing work through Akina Kids club this year.  What a blessing we have to remain in the community and keep telling these world changing kiddos about the love of Christ!