Building God’s Kingdom

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Two weeks ago we were privileged to hear from the team that went to Potter’s House. It was encouraging to hear how God is at work in Guatemala City. This week we hear from Grace Foulkrod and Natalie Murphy, two of our youth members who were part of the team that served at Camp Nikos.

Dear Christ Church,

As the Austin rush-hour traffic raged, a small group of Christ followers pushed their way through to build God’s kingdom in the last place you may expect: 12th and Chicon. This community, affected by darkness and devastating poverty, is sometimes overlooked, but the God of all creation is at work restoring this neighborhood.

Mission Possible Austin serves this east Austin community through several programs including Community Outreach, Church Under the Bridge and Project Intercept. Christ Church has served at Church Under the Bridge for 2 years now, and this summer a group of 3 adults, 6 teens and 4 kids from Christ Church had the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus at Camp Nikos.

Camp Nikos allows kids from all over Austin who live in poverty to spend a week at camp, learning about God’s love and amazing grace for His children. At Nikos the kids build relationships with their counselor “buddy” and learn about Jesus through activities like swimming, archery and art.

The best part of Nikos is that the young hearts who have already seen so much of the world’s brokenness have a whole week to just be kids, away from the heaviness of their daily lives. The team was blessed to experience first-hand the transformative movement of the Lord during this very hard yet powerful week of camp.

The theme of Nikos this year was “Building God’s Kingdom,” inspired by Rend Collective’s song Build Your Kingdom Here. Here, in this dry, needy city God is building His Kingdom. Here, among the very least of these, he is raising up a community of children and leaders to love and serve him and spread his truth to the nations. Here,is a ministry partnering with us and giving us the opportunity to be the presence of Christ to the poor in our city. Here, He is doing his work on the east side of Austin.

Peace,
Grace & Natalie