We left Shepherd with a rainbow of colors. We so enjoyed our time here and feel like we really were able to take some stress off of the staff. We piled into the vans and waved goodbye. Shepherd is an amazingministry! Against all odds, they have stayed in a neighborhood that was taking bets on how soon they would leave. They’ve built relationships and are trusted in the community. We were honored to serve the staff and do anything that would free their time to deepen the ministry that they already have in place.

It really has been a Good Friday! To God be the glory.

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Looking Toward the Future

Hi everyone,

We are plugging along here in Indy. I’ve so enjoyed learning about the ministry here at Shepherd. I can’t tell you how amazing this staff is! The staff is so prepared to engage with the individuals that come into the community center; they are not intimidated.

With that being said, our ministry has been geared toward the staff of Shepherd. There is only so much that we as a team can do! After all, this is only a week. Yet, here is a staff that shows up every morning, ready to engage with the poverty of Indy. We were given a statistic that it takes 6 to 8 positive mentors to break the cycle of poverty in a child’s life. I will not be able to break the cycle of poverty in the life of a child in Indy, but the staff at Shepherd will. So far, our main goal has been to make the workload of the staff easier…this usually includes a lot of heavy lifting.

One thing that I was not expecting was how much I would love our class about poverty. All week we are taking a class with a man named Tim Streett, who teaches Poverty 101. He has an amazing testimony; it’s unbelievable! Just Google him. I’m sure you’ll find something. Tim has chosen to pour into Indy by living in the midst of the urban poverty and raising his family there. He’s an expert on the poverty of Indy. Tim has called attention to things that I have previously just glanced over. For example, he had us list the types of businesses in the area around Shepherd as compared to the businesses that tend to be in suburban areas. Even that, listing the differences between a suburban area in comparison to an urban area, has opened my eyes. Tim left us with this nugget of truth today… “Poverty comes down to this: some look towards the future with excitement, while others simply have the here-and-now and have never been told they can look toward the future.” Make sure you tell the kids in your life that you believe in them and that they CAN do it!

Bottom line…I’m loving Poverty 101.

Continue to pray for times of rest and for lots of opportunities to support the staff in great ways!



“Spring” Break Flexibility

We’re sorry about our lack of posts so far. The blog has been blocked on the network we’re using, causing some technical difficulties. Enjoy this update.

The word that best defines our trip to this point is “flexibility.” In the past, spring break trips to Indianapolis have split their time between helping in the classroom at Shepherd’s academy and doing work projects. This year, we started the week not entirely sure what to expect, since this is the school’s spring intermission and Shepherd is on spring break also. We were planning to do a morning VBS for some local kids, but that ended up not working for various reasons. We were expecting “spring” break and got over six inches of snow. But through it all, God has been working, and we’ve been learning and growing as a team.

Here’s a quick summary of highlights:

On Sunday, we were able to worship with all three of Shepherd’s normal congregations in a wonderful blend of backgrounds, ethnicities, and worship styles. As one of our team members said later, “This is what heaven is going to be like—only awesomer.”

We’ve done a number of work projects, including sorting a few hundred books; emptying locker rooms at Jireh, Shepherd’s sports center; unloading and sorting 2,400 pounds of food; and reorganizing Shepherd’s pantry.

We’ve heard the stories of several Shepherd staff members and been impacted by learning how God has worked in their lives to bring them to where they are today.

We’ve had two Poverty 101 sessions with Tim Streett, learning about the biblical view of poverty and how worldviews differ between people living in poverty and in the middle class.

We helped plan and host a “family night” for a few dozen of Shepherd’s families. We played minute-to-win-it games with the kids, served hot dogs and sack dinners, and enjoyed laughing with our Indianapolis neighbors.

We’ve enjoyed devotions, worship, and games as a team, getting to know each other through working, playing, and hearing each other’s stories.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us! Please continue to pray for strength and good rest. Also, for continued openness in letting our hearts engage with the poverty of Indy.


Indianapolis 2013

In Indianapolis we will primarily be serving children trapped in inner city poverty through Shepherd Community Center in their preschool and after school programs. Shepherd needs students who are willing to get their hands dirty, work one-on-one with the children in the school and after school programs, and have a deep desire to minister to members of the surrounding community. Working alongside Shepherd’s experienced staff and volunteers, students will gain a new perspective on poverty both in the classroom as well as first-hand.


Prayer Requests:

  • Planning for VBS.
  • Learning about poverty on a more intimate level.
  • Creating and fostering strong relationships with both the children and workers.
  • Courage in building these connections.