Growth and Baptize

Hello Everyone! We wanted to share a pretty awesome story with you all about what God is doing in the city of Cleveland.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures. For this time, that is a good thing. It will all make sense if you keep reading.

Recently at Reaping the Harvest we have the privilege to baptize several whole families and individuals for the first time. 13 people in all, ranging from old to small. We were both particularly excited when our 3 regular youth decided to be baptized! We had been praying to see them baptized by the end of 2016, and they were!

In addition, we recently had a family that was baptized this past month. However, the father could not be baptized with the rest of the family due to his recent arrest. We aren’t going to go into too much detail due to privacy, but even in the midst of this families despair, God was still working. Our pastor had the privilege to baptize this individual while he was in prison this week, and we are actively praying for favorable sentence so that this man can rejoin his family. More than that, we can’t wait to see what God has planned for this man as he enters a new chapter of his life.

Obviously we cannot post a picture of the man or his family, as this whole situation is quite private and difficult at this time. We did want to share this story with you so that you can see that God IS working in the heart of our city.

We ask that you would continue to pray for Reaping the Harvest Ministry and us as we work in various ways with many different people. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us as we continue his work!

A Much Needed Update!

Hello Everyone! We are so sorry that it has been so long since we updated you!

We’ve both been very busy launching both Youth and Children’s Ministries…. at the same time! It’s been quite the undertaking, but we have really enjoyed the work. Here are some photos!

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The Two photos above are of our youth putting together some candy bags for our kids and families within the church. During the month of December we had a breakfast with Santa to connect with other kids in the community! We had such a blast and the kids, who would have guessed, loved the candy!
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Here, Rachel is teaching our group of kids a Bible story. We have integrated stories, prayer, and songs into each lesson. We have to do it strategically as we don’t have a separate room from the sanctuary! It can be a challenging keeping them all quiet so we don’t disturb the preaching. Each week we learn a special verse with hand motions to share with the congregation and parents.
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It couldn’t be children’s church without a craft! We try to keep the crafts creative and meaningful so that each child remembers the story. One week we made a crown so that we could remember how David was chosen to be the next king by Samuel.
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While a lot of these pictures are from our children’s ministry, we also recently started a youth group for our teens. Here is a picture of them quite exhausted from playing glow stick tag, one of their favorite games. Recently, all three of our regular students decided to be baptized!

alccFinally, we have also been working with the Abundant Life Community Church youth group. In between Christmas and New Years, we spent 3 days and 2 nights at a camp about 30 minutes away from home. We had our own band, preaching, small groups, bonfire, and games! This was the very first time that Abundant Life Community Church has ever done a trip like this, organizing everything by themselves. We both had a blast and loved seeing the impact on each of the students.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we serve. God is working through Reaping the Harvest Ministries each and every day to make an impact on his kingdom. This past December we had the opportunity to baptize two whole families multiple other individuals. We will soon have another opportunity this month to baptize another family.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the new year!

Benjamin and Rachel Craig