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We need a tranquilizer

Words and pictures can’t describe to you or capture for you the phenomenal scope of what God is doing in Greek Village at USC.

Seriously, even through a rainstorm, last night at Greek Impact we had a packed out fraternity house!  (The house mom made hundreds of chocolate chip cookies and was so excited to have something other than a frat party at her house.) We had TONS of guys, (the entire Sigma Nu pledge class came), which is an answer to many prayers. We had new girls. Our leaders rose to the challenge of welcoming people, bringing people and running the entire meeting!

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Here was the flow of our past 18 hours:

All day we get stuff together for that night, meet with a few students, make photocopies, go to a meeting with the CCC country director of Lebanon! (amazing to hear what God’s doing in Lebanon!) Go to a “War of the Wings” a $5 all-you-can-eat hot wing eating competition hosted by Chi Omega as a fundraiser for “Make-a-Wish”. (The place was packed with over 500 Greek students.) We handed out fliers reminding people to come to Greek Impact. Go home, pack the car, help a girl practice her testimony for that night, etc. head over to the Sig Ep house.

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8:00 pm-Leaders show up, boys are loading tons of chairs, sound equipment, etc. into trucks. We get everything set up.

8:30 pm-Pray with the student sharing her testimony

8:48 pm-Students start rolling in by the bunches (Greeks wouldn’t normally come alone to a function, of course)

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9:00 pm-Our speaker arrives…we are pumped to have the USC Men’s Basketball Chaplain come to deliver God’s Word. We know he is a powerful speaker and anticipate great things.

9:10 pm-Emcees welcome everyone and show a funny video

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9:15 pm-Sweet girl who surrendered her life to Christ 6 months ago shares her testimony (precious!)

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9: 25 pm-Play a silly game “Fratty Family Feud” (Questions such as what is Lilly Pultizer? To which frat boys whisper to their teammates “it’s dresses and stuff”–That’s the G-rated version, of course)

9:35 pm-We welcome up Jack Easterby–self-proclaimed, “former frat boy who was lit up drunk every Thursday night, but now is lit up for Jesus.” And boy was he! (Probably the most relevant, appropriate and passionate man I have ever heard speak.)

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10:05 pm-The entire room is moved with emotion as Jack breaks down John 3:16 in an incredible way and has us “talk to the King and enter into a time of prayer where each is faced with the question of whether we are a child of the King or not.”

10:10 pm-He has us link arms and sing “Jesus Loves Me” (that’s what he makes his guys do before each basketball game)–only this guy could have gotten this to happen in Greek Village where everyone is “too cool for school.”

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10:15 pm-Joel closes the evening by challenging the students to talk with their chaplain or a Greek Impact leader about decisions made, etc. (He is a little misty–presh.)

10:20 pm-Announcements, close in prayer and Popsicles for everyone.

No one wanted to leave, everyone stayed around talking about Jack’s message and challenging each other. Our leaders were all excited to go through the response cards and choose people to follow-up with. (What an amazing feeling to know you actually have students who know how to share the Gospel with their friends!!)

11:00 pm-We get home and we realize it is going to take a tranquilizer to get either of us to sleep. We look through the response cards and are AMAZED at how many people want to know how to start a personal relationship with God (we gathered the cards prior to the speaker!) and how many want to know about summer missions and be considered for leadership.

11:30 pm-Get text messages from students asking for prayer as they try to talk to their friends about the message.

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12:00 am-We pray and thank the Lord for His amazing hand of favor which is resting over our ministry. We talk about funny little details of Jack’s talk and of the meeting. We talk about the students amazing reactions and we try not to–just for a moment–think about all the work ahead of us as we follow-up with these students.

1:00 am-Crash.

Thank YOU for those of you who pray for our ministry and give financially. You will meet people in Heaven who are there thanks to you. xoxo

A Heavenly Retreat

litchfield-088pic1The parents of one of our students/friend  blessed us with the use of their beach condo!

We had SUCH a relaxing weekend in Litchfield, SC. This is the beach I grew up going to, so it was a real treat to walk down memory lane and show Joel all the little highlights of our family vacations growing up. *tear*

Allllll we did the entire weekend was REST–that included watching March Madness (my bracket was leading until today-boo), reading, eating delicious food, shopping a little and sleeping alot.

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An amazing little mom and pop seafood restaurant called “Litchfield’s Fish House” = amazing.

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Our dessert choice of the evening :)

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Joel glued to the TV seeing how our brackets were doing.

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Making our mark at “Eggs Up” a fabulous brunch place!

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Is it weird that I take pictures of food? When it tastes and looks this good, who can resist?

If you are near Myrtle Beach you’ve got to check out “Market Commons” it’s the cutest area.

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We are back to reality now and are excited that this week is Greek Impact week. Please pray for us as we work at full force to get the Gospel to every student in Columbia–and especially every student in Greek Village this week! Please pray for us and for our students!