February 13-18, 2022
Northwest Valley Baptist Church
Our last week in Arizona was at Northwest Valley Baptist Church. After being at Berean Baptist the week before and hearing their plans to build a new church, it was neat to be at a church that had recently built a beautiful new building to accommodate the growth they’ve been having. We held regular services on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday which included music, preaching, and a kid's program. Monday evening we had free which was a gift for those in the church and the team to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
This week we had several unique opportunities to connect with the kids and teens in this church and school. Not only did we have kid’s programs and teen pre-sessions, but Aaron, Hudson, and Phil also had opportunities to preach in chapels at the Christian school. It was fun to get to know the students at the school better, but it was also fun to reconnect with some of the kids that we previously ministered with at Evangelical Baptist Church.
We had more specific connecting points with the teens this week. On Wednesday afternoon, our team, along with about 15 teens, went canvassing at a local high school and middle school for the Dodgeball Tournament we would have on Thursday. The Dodgeball Tournament that we had on Thursday was the biggest tournament we’ve had on team! There were around 100 teens there who not only played Dodgeball, but got to hear the good news of the Gospel! We’re praising the Lord for working in the hearts of those teens to bring them to the tournament and to have good conversations afterwards as well. Please be in prayer as God continues to work in hearts even after we’ve left.
Friday evening we had an Irish Concert. It was a fun way to end a special week at this church. We loved our time here. We were encouraged by the pastoral staff and so many members of this church. This was also a special week in that family got to come visit. It was a special treat for Phil’s parents to be here most of the week with our team, and Steph Wright’s uncle came to the Irish Concert. We had a fun last week in AZ exploring, hiking, and even scorpion hunting. We’re praising Him for the work He’s done in Arizona!