Thursday, May 10, 2018

Jacob's Epiphany

"Why does he have to leave the 99?" Jake asked me in the van.  That particular phrase is in a popular worship song right now that we played the last night of Kid's Club.  I reminded him of the parable of the lost sheep, and how the shepherd left his 99 sheep to go in search of his lost 1. 

Jakey thought for a moment and said, "So if I get lost, Jesus will come find me."  Exactly!  (Although I hope he doesn't go and get lost on purpose just to experiment with it...)

The fact the Jesus is willing to go in search of just the 1 is especially encouraging to me on nights when the kids and families who come to Akina have a hard time.  It helps me to know we can't give up.  Jesus won't.  It helps me to remember that it is worth it, they are worth it, and I am worth it!  So are you!

We have lots of fun stuff in store for Akina kids and families this summer, including a fundraising/ celebratory dinner on Friday, June 1 at 7 pm.  We would love for you to come and here about the ministry.  RSVP to 989-708--0737!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Thankful for Grace Church for giving us the opportunity to bring boys from Akina to Arise with Guys. Loved the mesages from Case Keenum, Adam Thielen, and Tony Dungy downplaying fame and the lifting up Jesus speaks volume to kids who see fame as their only way out of poverty.

Studying what it means to being the body from Ephesians 4 on our literacy and discipleship night at Akina. Plus we got to do a fun Spring craft!

Monday, March 5, 2018

You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. John 15:16
Akina Reads!

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Spark

When I was little, I thought sparklers were one of the coolest things ever invented.  They sprinkled dazzling showers of light to the ground, and left a faded trail of glimmer when we spun them in circles.  When I got older, we figured out that if we shoved them in the ground, at the perfect angle, we could create a domino effect of light.  The lighter would ignite the first sparkler, and then each one would spark the next.  It was nifty.

Well, as usual my long winded flight into my childhood has a spiritual point.  We are seeing Native kids catch the spark of Jesus Christ and watching  it turn into a billowing wildfire.  Not just a "God sounds fun" spark, but a " I was speaking in tongues"/ "I want to be baptized" kind of spark.  It starts with one, but it is spreading!  The harvest is here, in our own backyard.  God is calling to kids in dreams, while they don't even know who he is.  I heard two stories this week alone about that, from the mouths of Native youth.  He alone is doing this work, and he is calling us to the fields! 

My prayer is that as each to spark is lit, it spreads and ignites two more with it.  My prayer is that this community would be the place for the next great awakening of our time.  I am pretty sure God is in the business of doing the impossible.  Let's pray to see it happen.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Happenings at Akina

We have been beyond blessed to be working with Grace Church on Tuesday night for Akina Kid's Club.  As part of their loyalty rewards program, we are able to take kids who've come to Kid's Club for 12 nights to breakfast at their church, and to attend the service.  This past weekend we took the girls, and soon we will be taking the boys.  They always love it, and we love the chance to help them see the body of Christ at work!  Plus, it is a fantastic way to build relationships, which has proven essential in working with the community.

The 12 passenger van that was donated this past summer has been an essential part of being able to take more kids and families to church!  For example, we were able to bring 15 kiddos to the special SUPER Sunday service at Emmanuel in Spring Lake Park to see Tim Tebow.  The students really enjoyed that service too.  We are also able to use the van for our literacy program we hope to see grow in the upcoming months.  This is just another example of how God does it all-the providing, the ministry, the open doors.  We would be lost without Him!

Please continue to pray for us, the kids and the community!  All glory to Jesus.  We really, truly, depend on Him.  Only He can do the work!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Encouragement

I was in serious need of encouragement last week as we are powering through what I affectionately refer to as the"dark days" of January.  It is cold, things seem drab, etc!  It was Kid's Club night and I was teaching about Mephibosheth being adopted into David's family.  I was running low on creativity, which is not a good thing if you want a room full of at risk youth to listen to you.  So I prayed.

As I prayed I was reminded again that God builds the house and establishes to works of our hands, when we follow his lead and walk according to what the Bible says.  I decided to rely on story telling, what I feel most comfortable with, to relay the message.

So I told the story, with my typical cheesy flair, and to be honest, I didn't feel too impressed with myself.  Then I noticed the kiddos were completely silent, hanging on every word.  Not me though.  Obviously this was God!  I shared about how God wanted them in his family, and even gave a group invitation to be a part of God's family.  The kids listened and responded.  Only God could do this.

So if you are feeling discouraged today, remember- God establishes the works of your hands!  If you feel completely inadequate for the job to which you are called, God will build your house when you work according to his will.  He is faithful!  Please continue to pray for us and the Akina kids as they become a part of the family of God!

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!