NEO Team Update 7-18-19
NEO NYI Summer Ministries
What do you think of when you hear the word summertime? As a youth pastor we think busy time! This summer has lived up to the meaning of busy time. From summer camp to fireworks tents to NYC, it was hard to catch our breath, but we made it. All of these events were well worth it. Teenagers lives were changed and transformed!
The coolest thing is that it didn’t just start this summer. It began in all of our youth groups on Wednesday night services. I have heard really great stories on our district of how God is working amongst our youth. Glory be to God!
The summer kicked off with a night of worship at Core church where over 100 students and adults gathered for a night of worship. What an amazing way to kick off summer! Then a week and a half later we joined together at Camp Bond for a great week of camp. Sacred Spaces was our theme and Nate Cook spoke the truth clearly and powerfully! God used Kaleo Band to bring us to the feet of Jesus each service. It was a powerful week where 130 of us from NEO were challenged and renewed in our walk with Christ.
Then some of our churches went right to work on fundraisers selling fireworks. It’s a great way to raise and to hang out with your group for ten days! You should try it if you are not doing it!
When that was finished two days later, we boarded our charter bus and headed to Phoenix, AZ for the life changing event called NYC (Nazarene Youth Conference)! It lived up to the expectations. Eighty-two NEO teens and adults were changed in a way that I hope the rest of the district will see. We came back on fire ready to change the world and lead the lost and broken to our Savior.
On Sunday night we had our debrief time in Sedona, AZ and a lot of teens shared their stories and what God did for them during NYC. We cried together and laughed together. There is nothing like sharing your hurts with each other and knowing that we are here together to pick each other up!
We have some outstanding teens, and I promise you that our church is in good hands! I am blessed to be able to not only lead the NYI but to serve alongside some of the best people in the world. Thank you for praying for us. Please don’t stop praying. Even though NYC is over, our journey is just beginning!
District NYI President
Work & Witness Trips
We are so excited about our district Work & Witness trips to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to build a school/compassionate outreach center! There are three opportunities to participate and cost is between $1200-$1400, depending on airfare. This includes transportation/airfare, food, lodging, insurance, and project funds. There are only 25 spots available per week, so secure your spot fast!
Sept 24-Oct 1, 2019
June 26-July 3, 2020
July 4-11, 2020
For the 2019 trip, participants will need to secure their own flights and the trip cost itself is $400 — deadline is August 31 for this trip.
Contact Cynthia Hollingsworth for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1177
Facebook: NEO Work & Witness-Dominican Republic
NEO June Reports
I Want to Celebrate. . .
We join our churches in celebrating 30 salvations and 7 baptisms in the month of June!
Cary Tipton, Mannford Grace Family WC. . . At our car show we had six new people that have never attended help us all day. We look forward to seeing them in church soon. Great fundraiser and community event! We baptized two in a family and look forward to the other two coming to faith in Christ.
Mark Smith, Drumright. . . We were blessed to baptize three people. Two people put their faith in Jesus us on a Sunday morning at church and one rededicated her life to Jesus.
David Stevens, Vinita. . . I am thankful for Church folks who step in and take responsibility for a Sunday service so the Pastor can take a few days for vacation. Children’s Ministry – So thankful for grandparents who bring their grandchildren to church. We have 3 little ones who are really becoming part of the Church because of their grandma. At first they were shy and wouldn’t even speak to the Pastor. Now they call him Jesus. God is good.
Carl Brown, Hominy. . . Summer is here, flowers are in bloom, God is shining bright and every day’s in tune. Trouble comes so near, Jesus wipes away the tears, and we can sing the song anew, How Great Thou Art because he loves us so, and now we feel the beat of every heart so true. In Hominy we feel the light that warms us through and through that we can say today, I know His love will do; all he says that he will do. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah God I’m so in love with You. God blesses our church, our church family, all or Christian Brothers and Sisters. And we pray anew God bless America and the world of faith renew. Amen.
Bret Metcalfe, Claremore. . . We had a fantastic ROAR VBS the last week of June. Four of the children accepted Christ. On the evening of June 30th we were blessed with the music of The Martins as well as testimonies of how God has worked in their lives. Their testimonies reinforced what the children and adults learned in VBS; when life is unfair, sad, changes, or good…. God is good!!
Rod Thelander, Sand Springs. . . We are experiencing a great spirit of unity in our church. The home of one of the ladies in our congregation was inundated with 4 1/2 feet of water during the recent flooding. Our church folks have stepped up and spent time tearing down, hauling away, and just generally cleaning up the property. Working together we bring to life Gal. 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Drew Dinnel, Muskogee First. . . There are a number of things to celebrate this month. 1) We had a young man who just left prison who came to faith/rededicated his life. He is an amazing young man and we look forward to being able to walk alongside him in his journey. 2) A major church conflict that had been lingering for months has resolved; people are healing and relationships are beginning to restore. 3) I am so proud of the leaders of the church that cared for the volunteers serving through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. The work is not done in the community, but until homes are dried out I think we have hit a turning point.
Geoff Gunter, Tulsa Regency Park. . . We completed another great Vacation Bible School with 141 children and 138 workers. On Sunday we had a great program and picnic with 10 new family units attend with their children.
Jim Thornton, Tulsa Hills. . . Once again, we see God’s hand at work in so many ways at THC. A couple months ago, God led the leadership of our ministry to home school families (a 21-year-old ministry) to cease operations. This came as surprise to all involved, even them. However, He has been so faithful to begin opening new doors for ministry partnership with JOYs to the World (a ministry to Special Needs Children and their families) as well as Martha’s Foundation (a ministry to teenage mothers who are aging out of the foster system). We are also seeing God’s hand at work in such powerful ways through the use of Open Box Special and Weekend of Discovery. These are tools that God has given us for the purpose of discovery God’s strategic plan for personal lives as well as ministry effectiveness.
Austin Troyer, Tahlequah. . . God has been at work here. One of our ladies invited a woman to church for Easter who then started going consistently to another church and is now baptized. What a victory for Christ’s Body! We brought 5 teens to camp and had a wonderful time of worship and fun together. We had a community block party that hosted over 60 people, many of whom were from the surrounding neighborhood. Over the next few months, on the last Sunday we are starting Family and Friends Sundays where we emphasize inviting others to church. God really answered our prayers as we welcomed many visitors and people who have not been to church in a while.
Yalmi & Norma Izaguirre, Rocq de Salvacion (previously Regency Iglesia). . . In this time we are celebrating our services in Fuente de Vida and are in the process of purchasing our own building.
Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . We want thank God — we had a vigil and the Holy Spirit sanctified our members.
Anthony Beville, Bristow Fellowship. . . Our missionary family from the Philippines, the Riggins, Scott and Jill, and three of their five children visited the church on June 30th. They spoke about alabaster and showed videos of people, churches, and worship made possible by alabaster giving. Potluck was provided for the missionary and church family. The church celebrates 5th Sunday by serving a full breakfast to guests, family, friends, and church members. Breakfast is used as an outreach to connect to the community and for the church to break bread together as a family and provide unity.
NEO Ministry Team Retreat