“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…” -Isaiah 61:1-
Pictured above are 50 students and staff who gave up their Spring Break and went to Phoenix, AZ to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Every year we take students to different areas in the country to serve those who have a need. This year we worked with Neighborhood Ministries, an inner city ministry that lives and works with underprivileged families in the downtown Phoenix area. Their mission is to be the presence of Jesus Christ, sharing his life-transforming hope, love, and power among distressed families of urban Phoenix to ignite their passion for God and His Kingdom.
The facilities of Neighborhood Ministries needed a general face-lift and they did not have the manpower to accomplish everything they needed to update their buildings and grounds. Our students painted the interior and exterior of the main school building that the ministry uses to reach children in underprivileged families. They also helped clean up and restore playground equipment that the children use as well.
The Hope House
Many students also volunteered time to repair a house that the ministry uses to help recovering drug addicts get back on their feet. The Hope House (pictured above) was built in the 1800’s and was in great need of repair. Our students repaired flooring, a deck, repainting, and planted gardens to supply the house all year with food. Along with the repair work, our students were introduced to former gang members who had committed their lives to Jesus and were risking their lives by reaching out to their former gang members and friends. The experience opened students’ eyes to what it means to surrender their lives to Christ. I am eager to see our students begin to apply what they learned and experienced to their lives over the next year!
Ben lives in Greeley, CO and works with college students at the University of Northern Colorado.