International Conference

Hello Everyone!

We’ve had a super exciting last couple of weeks! Not to mention everything has been busy! As many of you know, we recently traveled to San Antonio, Texas for an International Conference with our missions agency World Indigenous Missions. We had an incredible time and made a lot of cool connections with people all over the world. We also got to see our friends Tim and Jenni Jarvis who we spent time with in Kenya last summer. Their two boys are so big compared to when we last saw them!

International Conference 2016!

For those of you who may be wondering what the week was about in Texas, here is a short summary. We typically had evening and morning sessions of worship and teaching. On Monday, the women had a special lunch where they were able to connect with other women and mom’s. The guys, well, they were on kid duty! Tuesday we spent some time at a water park called Schlitterbahn. Wednesday it was all business. We had breakout sessions to learn new skills, business meetings to clear up the not so fun stuff, and then a period of time where we learned about investing, wills, and power of attorney. It was all necessary and good, but it was a long day. Thursday consisted of a final morning session followed by lunch and some tearful goodbyes. We made a lot of new friends during the week, and now the challenge is staying connected as everyone went back to their homes around the world! We wanted to give you a more interesting taste of the trip as well, so our video this week is short segments of videos that we took compiled into one! We hope you enjoy!

What else have we been up to? 

Well, this past weekend we hosted a few youth from Abundant Life Community Church for a weekend and it went really well! We were so excited to stretch them outside of their comfort zone and really see them grow. It was a wonderful time of fun, food, fellowship, and hard work! We want to thank you for your prayers over that weekend. There is no way that we could have done it without them.

We also have recently completed bagging food to be distributed this Sunday (the 21st) after church! We bagged about 35 bags of food which will reach about 60 people! We are so excited to continue this ministry.

How can you be praying?

  • Please continue to pray for us to gain additional financial support. With the wonderful opportunity to live in the neighborhood which we work, comes an increase in living expenses. If you are interested in finding out more about partnering with us financially, please either click the give link in the column on the right hand side, or email us at thecraigs@worldim.com.
  • Please continue to pray for direction of our church, and specifically us as we search to see when and where to begin youth and children’s ministries.
  • Please pray for us as we get ready to move into our new place! We are so excited but there is so much to be done!

We wish you all the very best and thank you for stopping by! We’d love to hear from you so feel free to leave us a comment, or email us at thecraigs@worldim.com! We hope you all have a blessed week!

-Benjamin and Rachel

Our Heart, Our Passion

Hello Everyone!

We have been super busy over the past few weeks doing what we love! What is that you may ask? Youth and Children’s ministry!

Check out this short video about what we’ve been up to, and what we are going to be doing in the future! Some pretty neat stuff you don’t want to miss!

God has also been opening up doors to us in the community of Cleveland. We are excited to share that we have been given the opportunity to move down into the community of Cleveland to live! This has been on our heart for a great while now. However, Rachel and I are still $300 dollars short of our budget needed. We believe that this move is what God has orchestrated for us, so we are stepping out in faith and with complete trust that he will provide in his timing, and in his way.

If you stop to think about it, $300 dollars may sound like a lot, but it’s actually only 12 people donating $25 dollars a month, or 15 people donating $20! We are asking that you consider partnering with us so that Ben can work full time on Youth and Children’s ministry. Without your partnership, we wouldn’t be able to pour our complete time and focus into the youth and children of the next generation. What’s even more awesome you may ask? Reaping the Harvest Ministry had 23 children and youth in service last week!

23 Youth and Children in Service!

23 Youth and Children in Service!

If you are able to bless us with support, I promise you that these children and yourselves will be blessed because of your generosity! If you are interested in more information, please let us know! You can also give at http://worldim.com/give and our missionary number is 278. It would be such a blessing to have each of you an intricate part of God’s ministry!

What have we been doing?

We recently got back from Seneca Lake, which is a youth camp. We went with a group from Abundant Life Community Church and had a wonderful time. We had a wonderful time growing and bonding with each of the kids. Check out this video below!

Here are some upcoming events:

Sunday we leave for San Antonio to be with our missions organization World Indigenous Missions! We will be attending our International Conference which happens every three years!

Friday August 12th-August 14th we will be hosting a Youth Missions Weekend! We will be having youth from Abundant Life Community Church come down and serve in the community of Cleveland. It is going to be a great hands on experience for them!

How can I be praying?

  • Pray for safe travels to and from the International Conference in San Antonio.
  • Pray for a safe Youth Mission Weekend. More importantly, that the youth who participate will be impacted by the experience.
  • Finally, pray that we would be able to reach our financial goal of raising $300 dollars a month by September. With God, all things are possible!

Enjoy some odds and ends of additional photos and videos! Have a great week!

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