WordServe Youth enjoy “Life is Different” weekend

In January, WordServe Youth took to Lutherhill Camp for three jam-packed days of fun, laughter, games, spiritual challenge, worship, and growth! It was an awesome chance for students and adults to get away and build great relationships with each other and with God.

Check out the video from the weekend:

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“Thank You, WordServe!”

We got a text on the first day of school from a WordServe mom whose sons go to Huggins:

New backpack hooks at Huggins Elementary make a huge difference!

New backpack hooks at Huggins Elementary make a huge difference!

Lots of “thank you’s” from the teachers this morning! The backpack racks look great! Imagine 562 backpacks on the floor! This project really made a difference here. It warms my heart to think about the scripture written on the back of the racks and the prayers prayed for the children and teachers. Life really is different! Great way to start the year! Continue reading

FaithFULL Kids

FFK Summer 2013 Hayden decorating food box

Having fun decorating the food boxes with messages of God’s love!

This summer, over 100 people came together to pack 225 boxes of food for children in our community who didn’t have enough to eat. People of all ages, faiths, and stages of life joined with WordServe Church and First UMC Fulshear to help feed these hungry kids. Here are a few stories from the summer packing parties:

A first grader from Huggins Elementary gave $20 to FaithFULL Kids. She raised the money by selling lemonade in her neighborhood.

A Girl Scout Troop in Cypress raised $500 for FaithFULL Kids after they learned about the organization from the Fulshear Girl Scout Troop leader.

A father who came to pix up boxes of food for his family was hesitant to have people pray with him during the first distribution in June, but in July, he held out his hands, eager for someone to pray with him.

A sixth grader from WordServe Youth boldly walked up to someone they didn’t know picking up a box for their family and prayed with them.

FaithFULL Kids was so embraced by the whole community, we raised more money and collected more food than we needed. That means we can start the school year with a surplus! We also received a Moody Grant from a Methodist Foundation to help us as we continue the ministry throughout the school year.

We love watching God move through the Fulshear community when his people come together and joyfully care for the needs of their neighbors! Join FaithFULL Kids for a Wednesday night packing party this year, or find out more about how you can support this ministry by clicking here.

Spare Change, Life Change

WordServe Kids at Living Water International

A group from WordServe Kids visit Living Water International’s headquarters in Stafford

Kynley and Avery were each saving money for something special–until a field trip convinced them to give money away instead.

“Before I went to Living Water International, I was saving money to buy an American Girl Doll,” says Kynley, 8.  Avery, 6, chimes in, “I was saving for a puppy.” Both girls realized they could save money for something even better. “We’re collecting money for Living Water so they can give it to people who don’t have clean water to drink,” says Avery.  Continue reading

We’re Thirsty, Too

When a group of guys from WordServe traveled to the village of Los Arcos, Nicaragua, they knew they were going to drill a water well for people who didn’t have access to clean, safe water. They knew that clean water would profoundly change the lives of the people of Los Arcos.

Then the group realized: God wanted to change them, too. Continue reading

WordServe Youth makes Life Different

WordServe Youth joyfully caring for the needs of some Huggins families by distributing Faith-FULL Kids boxes.

WordServe Youth joyfully caring for the needs of some Huggins families by distributing Faith-FULL Kids boxes.

Growing a joyful servant isn’t just for grown-ups and kids! It’s for youth, too!

This summer, WordServe Youth welcomed a great group of new sixth graders, and God is already working in each of them. Here’s a part of a note we received this morning about one of our new students: Continue reading

And a Child Shall Lead Them…

At WordServe Church, our mission is to guide people to grow as joyful servants of Jesus.  One of the best places this can happen is between parents and their children.

Let me tell you a story about “K,” a 5 year old who lives for Christ.  Here’s what she’s done so far this Spring:

  • Earned $6.00 from her egg business (that’s right… chickens that she feeds before she eats breakfast!)
  • Used some of her other money to buy:
    – Stickers
    – Bandaids
    – A Washrag
    – A Beaded necklace
    – A mini rubber duck

Ah, you say… that sounds like a 5 year old… sort of.  But combine this list (and the $6.00) with the handwritten note she dropped off, and you have a 5 year old’s version of a care package for a Compassion Child that our church adopted over a year ago.  Her money, her time, and her gifts went to a child living in poverty.

One child is richer than most of us because she is loved… sacrificially.  And another child humbles us all as she shows us what it means to truly put someone else’s needs above her own.

Sometimes those that we think we’re guiding to grow turn out to be the ones guiding us to grow!

Life is Different!   Come and see….

A Letter from the Black Sea

Here at WordServe, we believe, “Life is Different.”

And living life differently can be pretty exciting.  For example, what would you do if you found yourself in the middle of the Black Sea on a boat with people from every faith… and no faith?  Here’s a “Letter from the Black Sea” by one of our WordServe stalwarts that explains how he’s dealing with living differently:

Dear All,

I am missing yall, although lucky to be surrounded by a great team of guys here.

When the opportunity of traveling to the Black Sea came to me, I was excited. A new sea to scratch off from an inexistent list. But you must know that from a vessel at sea and beyond the sight of land, all seas look exactly the same… Just lots of water around us. No matter how many times, though, I have been fooled by the excitement every single one of them.

Well, let’s get down to business. I read this today, “…Jesus cared far more about the quality of his disciples than about their quantity.”  This made me think of WordServe, and the members of our Community Group. Not that I compare, but it made me think of us. How much WordServe cares about our Kingdom development, pushing us beyond our comfort zones but closer to God.

Since I was so far from God, these pushes have got me closer to Him, no doubt about it. There was this day that I drank the Kool’Aid, and it’s been anenlightening journey so far.

How did I come about WordServe? There is no scientific explanation for this. So even if I wanted to explain it without mentioning God’s will, I wouldn’t be able to and my only other alternative would be to shut up. I don’t know if you feel this is the case for you too, and I’d love to know…

On this vessel, about half of the people are Muslims from Egypt, and the other half are atheist from the UK and Russia. There is one Hindu, and he is the person I am developing a relationship with. Last time I checked, there was one Christian, me (although, there might be others, hidden by default). I feel very unqualified to start converting everybody, but I am trying to behave as JC would want me to (although, He might be thinking I am having too many sodas).

I have been listening a lot here, well you know me, “the talker-not.”  Trying to learn about these religions, the ways of these people’s lives, and about the non-religious, not from books but rather from their tales. I think it is fascinating how the religious talk about the same topic [God], but use a different language [Muslim, Christian, Hindu]. It is also fascinating how the non-religious put so much effort in justifying a belief, or lack-thereof, making themselves the center of every single thing (this sounds very familiar). And I find fascinating that there is so much to learn even in this little world of 33 people… So even though being surrounded by water here feels like anywhere, being surrounded by these people here isn’t but singular for this place and time, and I hope God gives me the wisdom to learn and enjoy this gift of His.

I love you, and I would normally say something like “I can’t wait to see you again”; but JC wants me to say otherwise because he wants me to practice patience.

We pray for our brother on his adventure: not only that he would practice God’s patience, but God’s presence as well.

Want to know more about how your life can be different?  Check out www.wordserve.org and join us Sundays, 9:45am for worship!  Your life will never be the same!

Funding for land!

This week, WordServe took another step toward the milestone of purchasing land in the greater Fulshear area that will one day be home to a permanent facility for use in guiding people to grow as joyful servants of Jesus.

WordServe received a check from a widow in Mississippi! This sweet lady (who several years back signed up for our enews) writes:

Dear Nolan & church members,

Good luck and may God bless you as you strive to find land & build a new facility. Your vision sounds wonderful! I hope to send you a gift often.

Sincerely,

Forwarding God’s purpose from Mississippi*

When God says that he’ll provide the resources he desires for what he wants to do, he means it! Who knows what all he has in store as we press in to his desire to transform communities one relationship at a time through WordServe!

*Identity withheld for privacy reasons.