Monday, June 17, 2013

Ottawa Mission Day 1 and 2

American Baptists from Nebraska and Kansas teamed up this week to share the love Christ with one another and the community in and around Ottawa Kansas.  Fourteen short term missionaries from Nebraska will spend a few days in Ottawa helping the community of North Baptist Church minister to Ottawa.  They are also helping them serve ministries that North Baptist is affiliated with like His Way Ministries Buffalo Ridge Hospitatlity and Retreat Center and a local Christian school.

ABC/NE first serves as an extra set of hands to the church as they put on a Vacation Bible School for their neighborhood.   Kids from all over the north Ottawa area have been attending the first few days of VBS.  The ABC/NE crew has served as station leader assistants and crew leaders taking kids from station to station. 

In the afternoons we have been participating in hands on projects.  Today we spent time at two locations aside from the church.  Some of our team went to Christian school to help with summer maintenance and cleaning.  After lunch our entire crew gathered at Buffalo Ridge.   Buffalo Ridge is a retreat center for clergy, missionaries, and others in ministry.  Founded in 1977 in San Francisco California, it was relocated to Kansas in 1992.  This isolated and beautiful site offers great facilities and great views.  It is a place for ministers and missionaries to find spiritual renewal, teach Christians how to share their faith, provide counseling and practical help for those in need, and compliment the work of churches.   It was our honor to serve Buffalo Ridge by doing general cleaning, gardening, building a playground, and reading other equipment for future building projects.

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