Our Plan Champion Teams are working on specific action steps in conjunction with Beyond Survival Coaching. These action plans will help to improve communication, clarify organizational roles, and create a greater sense of solidarity within our church. Rick Clapp will be visiting New Hope again August 1-3 to help us continue moving toward unity and clarity of vision. Please pray for this initiative, our leaders, and our church as we seek to follow God’s leading in this endeavor.
Middle School Summer Trip
Many of our middle schoolers will be traveling this Sunday to The Great Escape summer camp in Ocala, FL. Pray for the students and leaders that they would have safe travels, grow closer in their relationships with each other, and deepen their relationships with Christ!
This Sunday, July 23, is your next opportunity to sing with our Summer Choir! Just be at the church by 8:30am on Sunday for rehearsal and then join us in leading our congregation in the worship and praise of our almighty God during our traditional service that morning! Click here to see all of the remaining Summer Choir dates!
The first Thursday of every month, we collect peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless people in Lee County. Our next one will be on Thursday, August 3. You can drop off your pre-made, individually wrapped PB&Js that day by noon and we will take them to We Care - a local ministry that supports the homeless.
Kids' Camp Recap
Last week, 25 New Hope 2nd-5th graders and six adult leaders went to Student Life Kids Camp in Lakeland, Florida. We were part of a group of 500 who worshipped, learned, competed in Squad Wars and games, participated in Bible study, and grew closer to Jesus.
Camp’s theme was Gravity and Pastor Chad taught us that 1) Sin makes life heavy; 2) God knew the mess we were in and sent Jesus to rescue us, taking all of our sin so we could be weightless without sin; and 3) Free from sin, we can be part of God’s plan to help others know Jesus! Campers responded to the messages by opening their hearts to Jesus, some for the first time, others by wanting to follow Jesus more fully, and many with enthusiastic worship for our holy Savior! Thank you, New Hope, for making an impact on this generation to follow Jesus!
Path2Freedom is a non-profit, faith-based organization on mission to create hope and healing for child survivors of human trafficking by providing safe environments and long-term programs for recovery through a family-first, trauma-informed model of care. Therapy, counseling, education, and equine experiences are all available onsite in the safe environment of the Magnolia House property. Path2Freedom believes in surrounding those it serves with Christ-like love. Residents are invited to participate in daily devotionals, bible study, church attendance, and prayer at mealtime as a family. Often the joy of God’s unconditional love and spiritual impact can be witnessed as the girls learn and grow. It could not be better stated than the quote from survivor “Madison” who was with Path2Freedom for over 14 months, came to Christ, chose to be baptized, and was reunited with her Grandmother and is doing exceptionally well: “I’ve gained a new perspective on life. Before coming here, I was still trying to find myself. A big part of that was gaining faith, becoming part of a church, and accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior. It has changed my life for the better. We have great house parents and house mentors! They grow with you and faith plays a big part in that. You’re not judged for making mistakes but guided through it and given direction. I learned it’s okay not to be okay. I could not have changed without the loving and forgiving staff here. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Path2Freedom!”