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Dear Church Family:

Uncommon logoThank you! THANK you! THANK YOU for your awesome support of your youth group! You are a testimony in faithfulness to the “next generation”. I would like to extend a HUGE hug, kiss and THANK YOU to Gail Neeley for her donation and investment of time and FOOD to the bake sale. Gail, you always tell us how you love the kids – you are a true example of love and faith in action! We LOVE YOU back!

I would also like to thank all of you who have committed to purchasing supplies for our living center. I am so humbled that nearly all the brown paper bags were picked up. Your generosity is amazing! God is so GOOD! By the way, if you did pick up a brown paper sack, we will be carrying the food/supplies with us to Mississippi, so please have your “stuff” back to the church by June 8.

Another THANK YOU for those who have expressed interest is loaning us tools and work supplies. If you are able to let us borrow tools but did not get a list of supplies we need, let me know. I can give you a list!

Family, you have invested so much in this group of young people who are traveling to Mississippi to bear witness of God’s love and your love outside of DeLeon, TX. With that in mind, I wanted to fill you in on the theme of the CTCYM Mission Trip for 2014. The theme is UnCommon, which is based upon 1 Peter 2:9-10.

1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light. Once you weren’t a people, but now you are God’s people. Once you hadn’t received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

We understand that we are called to be people who are uncommon. We are called to be set apart by our actions. Yet we are also struck with the knowledge of great tasks accomplished by common people. During this week of adventure, the youth and adult volunteers will explore our UnCommon faith.

Our adventure will begin on Sunday, June 15 when we depart DeLeon for Indianola, MS. Once we arrive and unpack, we will have a time of worship and dedicate ourselves to God’s plan for the week. Each day will begin with worship and end with worship. We will have devotionals each day during the noon meal. In addition to the hands-on labor we will provide, we will also be inviting our “clients” to learn and pray with us, as part of our witness.

We have been told that our living center will have nearly 80 youth and adults from three churches: DeLeon FUMC, Azle FUMC and Waxahachie-Ferris Heights. I am so glad that our team has grown so much in one year that we comprise 25% of the living center! That is awesome!

As a side note: Something else that I think is also SUPER is the number of Junior High participants we have on the trip. Last year, we had one Junior High participant. This year, we have SEVEN (7) Junior High Participants! Our High School Participants are sophomores and juniors. This means our youth group is vibrant and EXPANDING! I look at the number of elementary and Pre-K kids in Sunday school, and I see God’s plans for a “hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)” in DeLeon FUMC!

The living center will be divided into teams who will work together, eat together and worship together throughout the entire week. The DeLeon MYF will be allowed time together each day to celebrate accomplishments and share concerns. We will be able to pray with and encourage each other daily.

Although this work and opportunity to witness is something we could do just as easily in DeLeon, it is important to realize that sometimes we don’t see the mission opportunities we have at home until we have stepped away from home and looked at it from the outside. Think about people here in DeLeon with whom you have opportunities to witness. Because I “know them so well”, I become an obstacle to their growth. I place labels on them or think, “Well, they won’t listen; or that won’t work because (you fill in the blank).” When I witness outside of DeLeon, I am put in a position where I have no choice but to follow the call I have been given. This, in turn, causes me to become more creative and compassionate in ministry away from home…this translates into creativity and compassion in ministry at home.

DeLeon FUMC is growing in more ways than warm bodies. Although we are not busting out at the seams, I believe we are becoming more and more committed in receiving God’s Grace and Love and being reflections of that Love. I believe we are learning to hear God’s call more clearly. I pray that as we grow in Love and Grace, we will learn to respond to the ways God calls us.

Thank you again for your love and support. We covet your prayers as we continue to prepare for our trip and while we are away. We plan on giving our report on the trip, along with a slide show, on June 29, as part of the FUMC 5th Sunday Worship.

Blessings,

Debbie Sig

 

 

Debbie Caraway

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