Archive for ‘Outreach’

December 21, 2010

NewSpring Shoe giveaway impact

It has been a week since the shoe giveaway.  And we have continued to hear story after story of how it impacted the students, teachers, volunteers and NewSpring staff that were involved.  This year at the school we helped in Anderson we wanted to do something to bless the teacher and employee’s at the school as well to help provide for some needs in each classroom.  Here is one note from a teacher that talks about the impact that made:

I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful presents you gave our children. The looks on their faces and the fact they have a brand new pair of tennis shoes that fit mean the world to me. Then I received the huge blessing in my box from you all. Not only will my husband and I enjoy going out to eat, my kids will be able to have more supplies for our classroom. It means a lot that you all understand how much we pour into our classrooms. But what means the most is the handwritten note I received. It means a lot that someone took the time to write it to me. You all are a blessing and are being Jesus to our kids.

Thank you NewSpring for the way you give!  Your generosity makes stories like this possible.

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December 19, 2010

Shoe Giveaway at NewSpring

This past week NewSpring had the privelege of giving away shoes and socks at 4 elementary schools across the state to 1,592 children.  I have had the privelege to be a part of this for the past 4 years and it is always such a powerfully moving day.

In Anderson at Homeland Park Elementary School, there was one little girl that got so excited when her shoe box got opened and said to the volunteer that was helping her, ” I have always wanted a pair of shoes just like these, I love them.”

That is one story out of 1,592 that our staff and volunteers experienced this week.  I wanted to share one quick email we got from a volunteer that helped with the shoe giveaway in Florence and the impact that they saw:

I just wanted to share a story with you all.. I am a member of NewSpring Florence and I had the opportunity to be apart of our shoe give away at North Vista school here in Florence! I have a story to tell because I was so blessed by what happened that just I had to share it with you:

I am a dance teacher, at a local dance studio, and I got to see several of my dancers at North Vista Elementary School today.. one in particular I knew danced on Scholarship and when I saw here at North Vista I was blown away by her surprised yet sweet face looking up at me saying “do you go to the church that gave us shoes?” I replied “yes” Then she said “Thank you so much, my feet are in a new home and they like it.” with a smile on her face. I was brought to tears by this precious 5 year old who was so happy to receive her new shoes! She then gave me a hug and said “Bye, I’ll see you at dance this afternoon!” So later on this evening she came to her dance class, with her new shoes on, and her Mother told me (with tears in her eyes) please tell your Pastor THANK YOU SO MUCH for thinking of these children. She proceeded to tell me how tough life is for her right now after having her 3rd child under the age of 5 and how Kennerly wasn’t going to get to have a big Christmas, but these shoes have made her so happy she doesn’t want to take them off.. I can attest to that, she didn’t want to take them off tonight so that she could put her ballet shoes on.

I know that this is only 1 of a multitude of stories that a lot of people can tell, but I thought that it was so precious, and it really hit home with me! It showed me how much I DO have and how much I complain on a daily basis about little things, when there are children walking around with holes in there dirty socks and the sole of there shoe split in half. This shoe giveaway meant so much to me and I am so blessed and honored to be apart of a body of believers who just give no matter the cost!! I was taught a LOT today and it will never be forgotten!! Thank you for all that you do!

November 5, 2009

Thanksgiving Food Drive

NewSpring has a great opportunity to help those in need in our community.  On Sunday, November 15th, the Anderson Campus is partnering with Haven of Rest, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, and the Anderson Soup Kitchen to provide food for needy families this holiday season.  You can help by bringing items from the list below.

This is a great opportunity for us to reach out into the community and make a difference.

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August 28, 2009

NewSpring Kenya Missions

Here is another video of what our team in Kenya has been doing this week.  They are on their way home later today so pray for their protection.

August 26, 2009

NewSpring Medical Missions in Kenya

Our current missions team in Segera has been there for almost a week.  We have heard amazing things about this trip including the fact that around 15 people have confessed Jesus as their Lord and God after our team has shared the Gospel with them.

We sent several doctors on this trip to do medical missions, here is a video of one of them yesterday talking about what they have been doing and the impact the trip has had.

July 7, 2009

Kenya Trip

On June 11-20 I had the honor of going on my second trip to Kenya.  I am going to share thoughts from both of those trips soon.  My friend Will Rodes was on that trip and put together an incredible video to share what we experienced in Kenya with everyone at NewSpring this past Sunday.

While we were in Kenya we got to work on 2 major projects that you will see in the video.  The first project was fixing a large concrete water tank.  The tank had a lot of deep cracks in it that we had to chisel out and repair and we also cleaned out the inside of the tank and patched holes.  Very soon the pump for the water source that fills this tank will be repaired and a community of around 1,000 people will not have to walk miles any longer to get water.

The other project we did was to pave the floor of a school with concrete.  We started by digging out the current dirt floor that was in the school and then finding and placing large rocks as a foundation for the floor.  Then we mixed the concrete by hand on the ground and used wheelbarrows to pour the concrete for the floor.   As a result over a hundred children that attended that school no longer have to sit all day with their feet in the dirt, this was enabling a parasite that lived in the dirt to enter under the children’s toenails and eat away at their  feet; The new concrete floor will help to alleviate that problem for the children.

April 6, 2009

Kenya

NewSpring is going to Kenya!  I would love for you to go on this trip with us in June.  I had the honor of going to Kenya in February and to call it life changing does not do it justice.  There are images burned into my memory that I will never forget.  I am so excited to get to go back this June and make an impact on a community that has a lot of needs.  The main one is Jesus.  We are going to be able to meet practical needs in Jesus name and share the Gospel.  If you are interested in going, check out this page for more information.

I will be posting some thoughts later this week on what God taught me while I was in Kenya.

November 17, 2008

Turkey Drive Stats

We had an incredible day yesterday at NewSpring.  Our Anderson and Greenville Campuses made a huge impact on our communities with the food drive we held to support many of the local faith based organizations that we partner with.

Over all we took up 551 Turkey’s yesterday.  Our Anderson Campus received 488 Turkeys and our Greenville  campus received 63.  On top of that we took up more boxes of stuffing and canned goods than we could count at both campuses…about 3 large truck loads full.

We were able to give all of the food collected at the Anderson Campus to the Haven of Rest, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, and The Anderson Soup Kitchen.

All of the Greenville campus donations went to Miracle Hill Ministries.

Every organization we took food too was so overwhelmed at the generosity of our church.  They each asked me to tell all of our members thank you for how you made a major impact in the lives of the people they reach out to each week.  We were able to give the majority of the food that these ministries need to provide thanksgiving meals for the needy in our community.  Thank you NewSpring for your generosity!

November 12, 2008

Turkey Drive this Sunday

I am so excited about the outreach opportunity we have this weekend. In years past leading up to the holiday season we have done a frozen turkey/canned food drive to help several faith based organizations in our community with their increased food needs during the thanksgiving season. All of this food is given away to help people in the community that otherwise would not get to have a thanksgiving meal.

Last year we took up 597 turkeys and a giant truckload of food that we distributed to 4 organizations in our town. This year I hope we can take up even more.

If you are interested in helping with this outreach, please bring the following items this Sunday, Nov. 16 to our Anderson and Greenville Campuses:

*Frozen Turkeys*
Stuffing
Canned Cranberry Sauce
Canned Pumpkin
Canned Vegetables

See you Sunday. Thank you NewSpring for all that you do to make the name of Jesus famous!

September 9, 2008

NewSpring Hurricane Relief Update

This has been an amazing week so far. On Sunday our church stepped up big time to donate supplies for us to send to Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge. On Monday we had a ton of volunteers here helping us separate the food and water that we are sending and put it all on pallets. Today we are loading the trucks and getting ready to send the food, water and tarps to Louisiana. Tonight we have 4 volunteers that are going to drive the trucks to Baton Rouge. Please pray for their safety tonight and tomorrow.

Here are the stats on what we collected for the Hurricane Relief Effort:

2 – 26′ Box trucks – Donated by Ryder!
16 – Pallets of food, water, and tarps
almost 400 cases of water
22,000 pounds of supplies to help with hurricane relief

I want to say thank you to everyone that donated supplies. Thank you for your generosity to help another church minister to their community in a practical way. A huge thank you to Ryder for donating the trucks for us. I also want to say a huge thank you to the volunteers that stepped up to make this happen!