Visit to Liberty Baptist Church, Chelsea, AL

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This past weekend, I was able to visit Liberty Baptist Church in Chelsea, AL, and meet with a Sunday School class that is looking to get involved in something bigger than them.  A long time friend of mine is based at Liberty, and he afforded me the opportunity to share DiRT with a group of couples that want to go on a trip this summer.

As many of our trips have included mostly men, with some women and children, I have been looking for ways to get additional people involved, especially in the areas of couples and families.  When Leon called to present the idea of a husband/wife trip, I was excited to consider the potential of such a trip!  The infrastructure for supporting co-ed teams has been in place since the beginning, so it is just a matter of getting teams to make the commitment. 

As we move forward, I believe we will continue to see more and more couples and families join with us on trips.  The chance to build the relationship between spouses or a parent-child team will alllow for memories that reach outside our own relationships and impact others for the kingdom.  What a great way to show your kids how we can take Jesus to the World!

 Continuing His work,

Todd

Global Impact Celebration – FBC Canton, GA

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I want to share an awesome blessing that has happened recently in the life of DiRT.  We were invited to participate in the Global Impact Celebration at First Baptist Church of Canton, GA, this past week.  Along with other missionaries from all over the world, we showed the FBC family how we impact lives on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi.  Although my initial intent was to break into a new circle of influence, God used the event for so much more!

The DiRT Display at FBC Canton's GIC 2010

Wednesday night, I met several people that were interested in joining us on a trip this year, including one group that wants to take a group from their office.  Saturday night, we had another opportunity to meet and greet and were able to develop a relationship with a couple more people.  Then on Sunday morning, God was able to use a presentation to the Children’s Worship group to bless me beyond what I ever imagined.  He gave me a presentation that allowed me to engage the kids, which I was concerned about going into the morning.  Additionally, the presentation brought everything back to the cross in the end.  I could never have done that on my own.  He was with me in rare form during this conference!

So, in the end, not only did we enlist a new group of volunteers to help this year (including one person that will join us for the trip this Wednesday), but God breathed a fresh breath into DiRT that was much welcomed.  It never ceases to amaze me how He can bless us when we just “let go and let God.”

Continuing His work,

Todd