2 Corinthians 5:17-18,20
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! …and God has given us this task of reconciling people to him…So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
Usually when 12 women travel to Vegas for a long weekend it involves shopping, spa treatments and a show. All of those things are good and fun but this time we set them aside to partner with Verve church to share the love of Jesus. Verve is a church located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is church for those who don’t like church, for it is “stripping church and seeking life.”
As we prepared our hearts to serve in Las Vegas we used the acronym VEGAS.
V was for Verve and our first day was spent getting to know the staff and hear their stories. As they strive to make Jesus famous, they work long hours with few resources. To help the Verve community lighten their load for the day we helped Carla, one of their volunteers, clean the church. This is something she usually does on her own. We washed windows, mopped floors, and scrubbed toilets. Carla has a beautiful servant’s heart, and she taught us all how cleaning is an act of worship.
E was for encouraging and empowering. We were there to serve the staff of Verve but instead we found ourselves enriched by Vince, Ryan, Jacob, and Amy. They taught us about Guerrilla Love and how each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made to impact the world as the body of Christ.
G was for go. Our second day we served the Las Vegas Rescue Mission working alongside staff, residents and volunteers in the kitchen and thrift shop. Our highlight for the day was throwing a game night for the residents of the mission. We started the evening with a time of devotion and worship and ended our time with laughter and fellowship allowing the fun we all had to lift the weight of their circumstances.
A was for accountability. We each were assigned accountability partners for the trip and through our daily devotions, we challenged one another and shared what God has been teaching us along the way.
S was for selflessly serving God and others. Today, we are back at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission working in the kitchen and thrift store.
We will also be delivering donuts to businesses on the strip and passing out invites to Verve Church. Our trip will conclude with providing breakfast for the Verve Staff and volunteers on Sunday morning after which we ourselves will get filled up by attending their 9 am worship service.
This trip had been impactful for all of us as we have stepped out as Christ’s ambassadors. As we move, we are now more intentional of “moving at the speed of love” as we serve God and others. We know that walking with Christ at this pace and purpose will help us reach the 1.7 million people in Indianapolis who need the love of Jesus, because we all need the love of Jesus.
Viva La Verve!
Lori and Diana, October 2016 Vegas Mission Team