I love Jesus. I love how He works. I love His nature and character. I love His grace and mercy. I love his obedience and sacrifice. I love that He is our King, our Savior, our Lord, our life. I love His Word. And I love this church. What a great opportunity to show each and everyone one of us what we are capable of if we put our faith in God, rely on Him to communicate to us and for Him to lead us, inspire us and reveal to us His power. I was quite excited to be a part of this from the word “go” and I am so grateful to Joe and the church for its belief in how we as a congregation would respond. Based on the stories, it’s been amazing. I even heard people at work who don’t go to our church were aware of what we were doing. God’s impact has universal and eternal reward and I’m so grateful to be a part of His blessing.

I chose to focus my investment on Urban Vision which is a wonderful, faith-based after school program that I volunteer at on Thursday afternoons. Spending time with the children has been a blessing I never could have imagined and has been one of the best parts of my life over the last year and a half. This typically would have been outside my comfort zone, but God has inspired me to serve in a way that is outside my comfort zone. This assignment has shown this to so many of us. Being able to connect with a child, help them with their reading or math homework, help them memorize a verse or play games with them has done far more for me than I could have comprehended. I know the children love being there and Rodney and Jodi Matthews have created and established an amazing organization for the furtherance of God’s kingdom. Through God opening people’s hearts we were able to raise $600 taking the total to $700. The generosity came from my family, my friends and my co-workers. I know God is working in all areas of my life and my relationships and I am so overwhelmed by the Lord that we serve. How we choose to respond is evidence of our faith and knowledge of Christ’s sovereignty and His willingness to give to us all we need. May we follow His example, worship and glorify Him in all we do, and have the assurance that He has brought a piece of heaven to our community these last few months. Thank you all for your generosity and your work through this assignment.

Aaron Zehnal | $700.00