Wednesday, July 15, 2009

STEP 2009 Team Unity

We were blessed to see a spirit of unity among the 30 team members, despite our varied backgrounds. Here are a few shots of times the team was just hanging out together.

Bilingual t-shirts helped us witness while out and about

STEP 2009 Outreaches

The team split into 3 groups and each group went to a different city in the Los Angeles area to hold daily Children's Bible Classes.

Here's Eric and Brandon with their boys in Westminster
Megan guiding her girls in Gardena through the Bible to learn about Christ
Children on Los Angeles listening to the lesson
Singing songs and learning memory verses were among the activities at the Bible Clubs
Beth, Angie and Kendra with their small group of children in Westminster

Bekkah and Beth with some of the children at the 15th St apartments in Westminster
Bekkah, sharing God's word with her small group
The Westminster outreach where at least 40 children show up every year.

STEP Prayer & Preparation

Prayer and Bible Study were an integral part of preparing for the week of Children's Bible Clubs.

STEP Training 2009

The first four days of Summer Team Evangelism Partnership are focused on training and preparing for the neighborhood outreaches. Here are some pictures from those days:

Bill listing all the different cultures represented at the Church/STEP potluck

Beth shared her insights on the Virgin of Guadalupe and communicating the gospel clearly to children
I like Bill... here's another picture of him doing something he loves!

STEP's "visionaries" - the Yarralls and Duckhorns started planning for these outreach mission trips 5 years ago. We've now done it four times. Nancye (my mother, standing) is head chef!
Jeremy and Sonja joined us a week early and worked hard getting the outreach lessons and materials ready
John Duckhorn led some of the devotionals and shared how he came to know Christ
As one of the two team members who has participated all four times in STEP, Kayla shared many of the lessons learned with the new team members. Here she is leading a small group of children in Los Angeles.
Megan also joined us a week early to work on getting the outreach lessons and materials ready

Shawn Wicks and Bill Loudon focused on preparing the team for each day's Bible lesson to the Children. Shawn also taught us how to effectively use skits/dramas to communicate Biblical truths.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Few STEP Pictures...

Just a few pictures of our time with the STEP team, giving you a glimpse of what the two week training and outreach were like: