KOH2RVA:Day 212

AJCES BashHow do you measure the success of a year-long, every-member mission trip? By the number of conversions, of course! And Joyce Clemmons is a convert.

I don’t mean that she has been converted to Christianity. She became a Christian years ago. I only mean that she has been converted by the joy and excitement of bringing heaven to earth. I wish you could have heard her make the announcement below on Sunday morning. Her enthusiasm was contagious. In fact, after worship, someone handed her a check for $1,000. Read it for yourself and see if you don’t catch whatever she’s got. The fact that she typed it in ALL CAPS is just another expression of her zeal.

TWO HUNDRED AND TEN DAYS AGO, OUR PASTOR CHALLENGED US TO HELP BRING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN TO RICHMOND VIRGINIA BY REACHING OUT IN WHATEVER DIRECTION THE LORD LED US. MANY OF YOU HAVE DONE SOME INCREDIBLE THINGS.

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION .. HAVE I FOUND MY PLACE ON THIS KOH2RVA MISSION TRIP? WHAT IF THERE WAS A CHURCH-WIDE MISSION PROJECT THAT I COULD BECOME A PART OF?

WHEN STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS WENT TO THE ANNA JULIA COOPER EPISCOPAL SCHOOL IN MARCH TO DO SERVICE PROJECTS, KOH2RVA SEEMED TO BECOME A NEON SIGN FLASHING IN THE MINDS OF MANY. IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL WOULD BE ONE EXCITING CHURCH-WIDE PROJECT! THE GENEROSITY TEAM CHOSE THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER TO ANNOUNCE THAT PLAN.

THE SCHOOL’S ACRONYM AJCES IS AN INDEPENDENT FAITH-BASED MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS OF LIMITED RESOURCES IN THE EAST END ON 29TH STREET. THE SCHOOL FOCUSES ON ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT. MANY STUDENTS WOULD PROBABLY NOT GET ANY EDUCATION WITHOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY.

WE ARE ASKING YOU TO CONTRIBUTE TIME, TALENT, AND TREASURE FOR A SPRING CELEBRATION AT THE SCHOOL ON SATURDAY, MAY 4TH.
A CARNIVAL WILL ENTICE 52 STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND FRIENDS TO JOIN IN THE FUN AND GAMES. GIVEN THE CHALLENGES THESE STUDENTS FACE AT HOME, SOCIALS SUCH AS THIS ARE RARE AND SPECIAL.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP. WE NEED PRIZES FOR THE GAME WINNERS OF GRADES 6, 7, 8. BOARD GAMES, PUZZLES, BOOKS, DVDS, SNACKS, GIFT CARDS, MOVIE PASSES, OUTDOOR GAME AND RECREATION ITEMS FOR SUMMER.

MEMBERS OF THE GENEROSITY TEAM WILL BE AROUND THE NEXT TWO SUNDAYS, APRIL 14 AND 21, ACCEPTING YOUR PRIZE DONATIONS OR CHECKS/CASH, AS YOU CHOOSE. SIGN UP SHEETS WILL BE THERE, ALONG WITH MAPS AND TIMES, FOR MUCH NEEDED VOLUNTEERS ON MAY 4TH. I’M ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU NEXT SUNDAY.

Can we work with an Episcopal School to bring heaven to earth for some middle-schoolers who live in the housing projects of Richmond?

You bet we can.

Thank you, Joyce, for issuing the challenge. I’ll bring my prize donations next Sunday and see you at the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School on May 4!

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