Saturday, March 28, 2009


Posted by: Andrew Hanssen

Day 2
Today was a great day from waking up and helping around the Dream Center to the Children's Outreach! We woke up and had breakfast and then helped around here. Some of us helped sort out clothes and some did more cleaning or maintenance work, so it was fun. Then we met around the pool and listened to Maurice share his AWESOME testimony of where he came from and how God has changed his life.
Maurice was a drug addict and rebellious kid. He was in and out of prison and almost killed a lady right before he realized that he was missing something. He was supposed to be in prison for life because it was his third time there, but God had mercy and he only served five! At that time he was 46, and now is 51. 2 months ago he, for the first time in 11 years, spoke to his daughter and grandson. He shared how we have a great start to our lives in Christ and need to build upon that.
Oh, (to Ben Braga and Jessica Demelo) Rolando remembers you and says "HI". He said he wants to send a picture with me back to you. He is doing really well and, I believe, he's graduating from here on Sunday! Praise God!
Then we went to the Market and bought some munchies! We saw some interesting stuff.. such as <------------Beef Head, which Matt really wanted, and whole chicken, head and feet too. After lunch we went to the mountains. That was Awesome! It's really cool to see God's creation from on top of a mountain! Only a few scrapes and bruises. Nick, Jamie, and Brandon went further than anyone. That was cool. Something we couldn't really do...

We came back for dinner and helped load a truck with food for the Children's Outreach! It was AWESOME to go there!!! Benji, Matt, Chase, Jamie, Thomas, and I went with a disciple knocking on doors and inviting people to come.. well some were a bit scared.. meanwhile, the rest of our group was setting up and playing with the kids. They were sooooo cute! Some were a bit rebellious and stubburn and some fights broke out between them, but not much more than an angry wrestle.. haha They were so happy to have us there! Just to be able to sing songs, play games, face paint, and make bracelets made them so happy!! Lets just say Kirsti and Devyn wanted to take them home. These kids come from mostly poor and rough homes, so it was so nice to get to minister into their lives!
We came back tonight and had a worship service. They just sang praise and worship and let everyone worship as they please!
Yey tomorrow we wake up earlier and march with the disciples!

Please keep praying for us! We are having a great time and really learning a lot from these people. They have a HUGE heart for Christ! It's soooo AWESOME to see!! I know we can learn a lot about God from them!

We're praying for the missions trips! Hope all is going really well!
God Bless You ALL!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys rock! I love the photo of Benji and the kids, I'm jealous as spreading God's love is a blast! Also, you guys look like you're having fun on the summit of the desert mountain in Arizona, i'm waiting for the alien to pop out from behind the rock like in the old Star Trek shows... Have fun and God be with you! Mr Harrison

3/28/2009 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so great to wake up and read about the day that you guys had and what you did. I am living through you and praying for all of you daily. Loved hearing the details of what everyone did. Andrew you are doing a great job. Writing a blog can be difficult. How are Mrs. Barnhill and Mr. Spidell doing? Can't wait to hear about today's adventures. I love all of the different activities that you guys are involved in. What a wonderful way to grow closer to the one who created you. I love it that thwy worship in different ways as well. Thinking of you guys, Love, Mrs. Harrison

3/28/2009 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Weil said...

Thanks for that great report! It is amazing and wonderful to see how God is working in so many lives. May your hearts be completely open to Him and the joy that only He can bring!

3/28/2009 8:13 AM  
Blogger Lilly Hanssen said...

Wow... so great to hear the good report. Pray you all have a blessed and adventurous day.


3/28/2009 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Caperna said...

Wow! What wonderful things you're doing in Arizona! I was so proud to see you ministering to those little children. You know how much Jesus loves them! We miss you and are fervently praying that you will use this experience to draw closer to God and each other.

Have fun and behave! By the way - are there any Starbucks out there???

Miss you and love you,
Mrs. Caperna

3/28/2009 9:53 AM  

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