Reaching Through Teaching

English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language create many opportunities for building relationships and presenting cultural material that can bring about a better understanding. Students around the world are becoming more aware of the global community through music, movies , TV and the Internet. These images do not reflect our culture as a whole.

Have you thought about sharing the love of Christ through teaching? Teaching English can be done in different settings such as classroom teaching, cooking classes, business seminars, sports, VBS and many other programs. Programs opportunities range from serving 2 weeks to 2 years. There are training opportunities scheduled in Charlotte, NC for spring 2012 such as Orientation , EFL and ESL Classes. For more information on how to GO, please email rttteach@gmail.com

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Report: +1 Initiative: Charlotte – Local Missions Day and Disaster Relief Training

Hickory Grove impacted our community this weekend through the +1 Initiative Local Missions Day and Disaster Relief Training. Over 100 volunteers reached out in five areas of service. Here is a report and gallery from this weekend:

Lois Lodge – 18 volunteers assisted at the Walk-a Thon for the Maternity Home. The praise team One Voice entertained while the others assisted with a bake sale, manned a bouncy house for kids and walked.

Hickory Grove Elementary School – 40 volunteers assisted with  installing mulch, pine needles, flowers, trimmed shrubs, repair fencing, picnic tables, and garden boxes to beautify the grounds.

Car Care – 7 men volunteered at the Car Care Ministry and repaired 18 cars of single moms. The Gospel was shared twice and 1 accepted Christ!

Clothes Closet  – 10 volunteers assisted with the clothes closet and 35 people from the community visited the “closet”.

Disaster Relief – 30 volunteers from Hickory Grove were trained in administration, recovery, medical and feeding to be prepared for disaster relief.

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+1 Initiative: Charlotte – Local Missions Day

UPDATED: On Saturday, April 21, Be +1 in any of the following opportunities. Register by Friday, April 20, by calling 704-531-4028.

Hickory Grove Elementary School 
Activity: Yard Work
Need: 25-35 Adults
Time: 8 AM -12 PM

Lois Lodge 
Activity: Assisting in Walk-a-thon
Need: 10-20 Adults
Time: 9 AM -12 PM

The +1 Missions Challenge is designed to engage every member of Hickory Grove more practically and more purposefully in the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pittsburgh Testimonies

We had a great week of ministry during our spring break trip to Pittsburgh! God moved in a great way as our team shared the Gospel, served, ministered and worshipped. We saw seven people profess faith in Christ through our various outreach events and services and reached out to many hundreds more. Continue to pray for Ken and Paula as they minister in this difficult city and check out the video below to hear a few testimonies of what God did in and through our team!

Pittsburgh Day 4: Community Outreach

What an awesome day of ministry here in Pittsburgh! Yesterday afternoon our team hosted a community outreach carnival and Easter egg hunt for a local inner city community. By the time we finished, we had been able to minister the Gospel to over 150 people on the north side of downtown Pittsburgh. The carnival consisted of face painting, a cornhole game, crafts, a cookie walk and free snacks for anyone who came out. Every aspect of the carnival was structured to provide an avenue to share the Gospel with the people who participated. Our students fearlessly shared their faith with almost everyone who came out for the “carnival.” At least six people made a profession of faith and we may not know the true impact we had on this community for some time.

After the carnival, our team gathered for one last time at West Hills Baptist Church to share what God is doing in each of us. Student after student shared about their renewed burden for the lost and a fresh passion to proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ with the people God has placed in their lives. Please pray that God will continue in Charlotte the work he has begun in Pittsburgh. We’ll see everyone tonight!

Nicaragua Day 7: A Very Good “Viernes Santo”

Friday… Good Friday… The week has gone by so fast.

It has been amazing to see the Lord work in the lives of so many people during this trip… And we count ourselves in that.

We did not have the Kid’s Club today, and the team from Benson had to leave, so the rest of us took a trip to Grenada (to the south). The El Salvador bus was pulled over 4 times on the way by the police… But it was ok, they had all the proper paperwork. Apparently, the El Salvador license plate attracts attention here in Nicaragua. The funny thing was that at each stop, street vendors would board the buses and try to sell food and drinks. But the funniest thing of all was during one stop when the vendors did not get off in time. We sped off – and were half a mile down the road before they were able to jump off the bus – and walk all the way back to the checkpoint. 🙂

Speaking of going back… We went back to the Villa Venezuela part of town tonight and saw some familiar faces – but also very many new ones. For the occasion of Good Friday (“Viernes Santo” in Spanish), we showed the movie of Jesus. A very powerful and graphic movie.

Alex Vasquez found his groove this week inviting people to the movies, and then setting up / tearing down the equipment. He did it with the Nicaraguan boys in the church such as: Humberto, Edmon, Claudio, Juan, Kevin, Dustin, Francisco R., Francisco M., & Julio. Alex was able to speak in Spanish with them and really tried to use the time effectively for discipleship. Some of them just don’t have that opportunity all the time, so this was a real blessing. They all did so well in the skits and dramas this week – we believe there is a lot of talent here in Nicaragua.

Our team was chosen to give three of the invitations after the movie and skits this week. To be chosen just one time is special. Steven Wallace presented on Tuesday, Ryan Haynes on Thursday, and Don Ceccarelli on Friday… And Roberto Maldonado translated on both Thursday and Friday. All four really presented the message of Jesus clearly and concisely, and will tell you that God did all the work. It is incredible that there have been well over 500 decisions made.

Pittsburgh Day 3: Canvassing and Prayer

Day three of our Pittsburgh mission trip started off with our team out canvassing local neighborhoods for our community outreach this Saturday. Several students also spent time in preparation for our various community outreach programs that will take place today and tomorrow. After a quick lunch our team headed into downtown Pittsburgh to check out the city and spend time in prayer for the people, the city and the church. Our team arrived back at West Hills and had dinner with the Living Faith Community Church family where we had the opportunity to get to know our brothers and sisters here in Pittsburgh and continue building those relationships. Our students were challenged last night to be in focused prayer about what God is showing them through this mission trip and how their lives will be altered upon their return to Charlotte as a result of what they have seen here.

God has opened up a great opportunity for our team today that was not originally on our itinerary. This afternoon we will host a carnival and Easter egg hunt in an inner city neighborhood in north Pittsburgh. The housing project we will be working in has not had much of an investment by many churches and we are trusting that God will be glorified as we reach into this community with the Gospel. Be in prayer for our team as well as the people that we are going to minister to. Pray that God would speak clearly to the hearts of the people through the mouths of our students and that he would change lives for eternity through our ministry there.