April 2010


It was a great week at First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, in Hopkinton, MA!  The entire congregation was ready for World Vision to set up Africa in their building, it was a highly energy and wonderful week.

We had many school groups come through, here is a story from when I debriefed with a group:

“I was debriefing with 40 7th – 8th graders after they walked through one morning. I was using some of the discussion questions we have, then had them get into groups and discuss more. After I pulled everyone back together I asked what they talked about. A 7th grade boy in the first row immediately raised his hand and said his group talked about what they take for granted. I proceeded to ask him what that was, and he said, “a roof.” More students chimed in and said, “my faucet,” “my friends,” and “my parents.” “

It was amazing to see such young students understand and process the Experience.

FCCH is very connected with a community World Vision works with in Malawi, they were determined to get all the kids sponsored in this area — and they succeeded — thank you!

The church also took it upon themselves to write a blog for each day we were there, check it out here: connectingwithsheila.blogspot.com (if you scroll down you’ll see the prayer wall cards…powerful stuff!)  You can read Pastor Mike’s blog (the senior pastor) as well by clicking here: connectingwithpastormike.blogspot.com

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, visitors and the planning team for making our week amazing!

— Ange

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This last week we had the privilege of venturing south to Dallas and joining Park Cities Baptist Church to host The Experience at Southern Methodist UniversityThe Experience was held in a tent on campus, which withstood pouring rain, high wind, sunshine, and even snow!  Quite a lot of crazy weather!

A highlight from the site was having a volunteer share their faith while handing out tickets to The Experience.  The person they were sharing their faith with, is now a new sister in Christ!  Another family had been praying about adopting a child for some time.  The door had not been opened for them to adopt, but they were able to sponsor a hope child and were very happy to give a brother to their two girls through sponsorship, instead of through adoption.

We also had a place in the Marketplace for students to learn about the Gulu Children of War Rehabilitation Center, and ACT:S — the World Vision Activism Network for college students.  It was great to see students get involved!

Thank you to PCBC for hosting The Experience at SMU, we had a great time!  Next stop: Hopkinton, MA!

— Michelle