It's Thursday night already? Wow, the last 4 days have passed by like a summer breeze and we are looking towards tomorrow and heading home. Today was a jammed packed day of learning and service, and our amazing Anthem students gave it their all. One of our groups of students sorted, cleaned, stacked, organized, carted, and so much more at the same food bank we were at on Tuesday. The lead worker told us that we accomplished the work of 50 people with our 22 person group. The other group did simular work at a food pantry and thrift store (stocking cans, cleaning bathrooms, cleaning kids rooms, etc). We came back tired but fulfilled.
Aside from service, tonight was our final wrap up for our Restore theme. The students made commitments to the change they want to make when they return home (parents you can totally support them in this!) and their goals are inspiring to say the least. We wrapped up the big group session with a big sweaty ecstatic dance party with the phenomenal band, Aaron Pelsue Band, that has lead worship all week.
Our group is having a fabulous time here in Indianapolis! From learning about justice to planting a vegetable garden at a local school to learning more about what it looks like to follow Jesus, our students are working and growing together. We have been learning what injustice looks like and students experienced that first hand today. When they get home, ask them about their lunches on Wednesday. In the mornings we are learning about Nehemiah and his mission to build a wall to help bring God's people back into relationship with Him. Our students have been asked to evaluate what their relationship with God looks like and were given an opportunity tonight to commit or recommit their lives to Jesus. Students are growing and changing here this week and we can't wait for you to see this change when they get home.
Hello Anthem friends and family. We are reflecting back on our first day of service in Indianapolis and it has been a day full of great memories. From sorting 144,000 lbs of dog food, to landscaping for a special needs/disability center, to exploring and praying for Indianapolis, it has been an amazing day. CIY is teaching us about justice and restoration and we are learning a ton! Keep us in your prayers because we are building a playground tomorrow!
The photo to the left is a selfie in downtown Indianapolis on the Canal Walk!
Our middle school group has arrived safely in Indianapolis!
We are unpacked and waiting for session to begin tonight.
Come back tomorrow night to see what we are up to tomorrow!
Middle school Anthem is taking a break for the summer.
We hope you all have a great summer and we will see you again in September!
On April 30, 19 students decided they wanted to take the next step in their faith and get baptized.
Please check out this highlight video to experience part of that amazing night!