Institute Chapel & Community Projects 4.10.19

 

8 am Chapel with Student Accountability Groups

9:30-11:30am Community Work Projects


Project CASE

Lead Stef Nsubuga

Crew Georgie, Emily M

Project Resurrection Sunday Planning

Lead Jenn Nyago

Crew Kaylee, Chelsie, Josie, Ethan, Matt

Project: Elderly Visitation

Lead  Kara


Project: HF Trellising

Lead Jameson

Crew

Project: HF Planting

Lead Geoff

Crew  Brittan, Lily, Austin M.

Project Workshop Set up

Lead Josh K.

Crew Kyle, Max, Jesse


Project Chippington Visit

Lead Brianne

Crew Tiffany, Emily A.

Project HF Expansion

Lead Michael W.

Crew Ryan, Carl

 

Project Academy Lunch

Lead Rafa R

Crew Lauren

Project Window Replacement

Lead Marco

Crew

 

Project Academy Recess

Lead Rachel H

Crew Amanda B

Project Academy Classroom

Lead Corey F

Crew Gabby

Project Tree Planting

Lead Shaun

Crew Servy, Kennedy

Project Hospitality

Lead Jenn

Crew Darbie, Aimee, Gerron

4.6.16 A Few Work Project Highlights!

Jameson got to team up with our very talented (and very humorous) Josh Nava, as they progressed in the construction of our new reception desk! #makingmemories

Jameson got to team up with our very talented (and very humorous) Josh Nava, as they progressed in the construction of our new reception desk! #makingmemories


He does more than send out MCH guys on the field, people! Matt James worked with Mike J. today to construct a frame for a children's cot! This cot will be used at the Academy for students in need of a place to rest when seeing the school nurse! Not only did they whip this table up in less than two hours, but they used all scrap wood already on hand! Check out the final product below!

He does more than send out MCH guys on the field, people! Matt James worked with Mike J. today to construct a frame for a children's cot! This cot will be used at the Academy for students in need of a place to rest when seeing the school nurse! Not only did they whip this table up in less than two hours, but they used all scrap wood already on hand! Check out the final product below!


The end product? The first phase of our sturdy cot ready to assist in conquering all future tummy aches and pains! 

The end product? The first phase of our sturdy cot ready to assist in conquering all future tummy aches and pains! 


Don't let Jordan's pensive gaze into the distance fool you! In less than two hours, under the experienced "green thumb" of Denise, Jordan, Ben and Chiggy transplanted 1 plant and planted 16! That's some focused productivity right there!

Don't let Jordan's pensive gaze into the distance fool you! In less than two hours, under the experienced "green thumb" of Denise, Jordan, Ben and Chiggy transplanted 1 plant and planted 16! That's some focused productivity right there!


Community Development Day Photos 2.25.15

Each Wednesday begins with intentional worship and encouragement from the Scriptures! By making this time a priority throughout our entire organization, we allow ourselves time to reconnect with the Lord and one another. 

Work in our neighbors' homes continue! On the left we hauled a final load to the dump for one of the local widows who, as a double amputee, is incapable of doing such work! It's a joy to be able to serve in this way!

On the right, a crew of guys tackled the mess leftover by a collapsed tree in the neighborhood that couldn't withstand the recent ice storm that moved through Nashville. 

While others served throughout the neighborhood, we had additional projects taking place on our property that aim to improve our relationships both near and far! A crew of ladies organized the mailing of our most recent G.O.D. Int'l Global Voice Newsletter. Meanwhile, Michael Johnson (right) led a crew who continued work on our upcoming Produce Processing Station. This station will aid us in providing more fresh produce for local widows and families in need!

Corey Streeter and Julie Watson work alongside a crew to continue cultivating our produce! What a blessing to produce our own fresh foods! 

Our reputation amongst our neighbors here in Hopewell has opened up a new facility for use! This structure will soon be bustling with the sound of artisan's talents as Suburban Pallet finds space here to be productive. But, first? A whole lot of clean up!

Each Wednesday our morning's activities close with a meal together. This does more than simply fill our stomachs after hours of work projects. This time provides an opportunity for us to share with one another about what the Lord has done. We take time to consider God's goodness and the great blessing it is to be able to be a benefit to those around us. Such conversations are only fuel for moving forward into the rest of our day in service to God!

Thank you Chef Brian (left) and Shaun Galford (right), as well as the rest of the Southeast Asia Regional Team who helped cook and serve our meal this week!

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One of our dear widow neighbors has had an unstable mailbox that was in need of reinforcement! Here Skylar Aaseby and Keith Turner are reinforcing it so that she doesn't have to worry about it possibly falling over anymore!

One of our dear widow neighbors has had an unstable mailbox that was in need of reinforcement! Here Skylar Aaseby and Keith Turner are reinforcing it so that she doesn't have to worry about it possibly falling over anymore!

Our property here at our organization's headquarters has been a blessing to our neighbors. We continue to aim to provide a place that is safe, clean and beneficial for everyone, especially children, to enjoy. With this comes the responsibility to communicate boundaries that help maintain a safe environment. Here, Ethan Harris, one of our first year students gets to work alongside Matthew Parker, one of our more skilled men in the community, to hang rules related to use of our skateboard park! No doubt good conversations took place while they worked!

Our property here at our organization's headquarters has been a blessing to our neighbors. We continue to aim to provide a place that is safe, clean and beneficial for everyone, especially children, to enjoy. With this comes the responsibility to communicate boundaries that help maintain a safe environment. Here, Ethan Harris, one of our first year students gets to work alongside Matthew Parker, one of our more skilled men in the community, to hang rules related to use of our skateboard park! No doubt good conversations took place while they worked!

Anna Hastings and Breann Bennecker were a real blessing to our neighbor, Ms. Tanya! These two completed a job that was started the week prior of raking up all of Ms. Tanya's leaves in her yard, a job that Ms. Tanya would not have been capable of carrying out on her own. 

Anna Hastings and Breann Bennecker were a real blessing to our neighbor, Ms. Tanya! These two completed a job that was started the week prior of raking up all of Ms. Tanya's leaves in her yard, a job that Ms. Tanya would not have been capable of carrying out on her own. 

One of the widows in our neighborhood has been a direct source of some of our benevolent efforts as of late. As a double amputee and elderly, she is very limited in what she can accomplish though she would want to do much! This week alone we were able to remove a corroding porch roof (as pictured here with one of our Institute and Elementary & Middle School teachers, Brandon Galford), begin cleaning up her yard, fix her dryer and help her apply for special assistance related to her utilities. 

One of the widows in our neighborhood has been a direct source of some of our benevolent efforts as of late. As a double amputee and elderly, she is very limited in what she can accomplish though she would want to do much! This week alone we were able to remove a corroding porch roof (as pictured here with one of our Institute and Elementary & Middle School teachers, Brandon Galford), begin cleaning up her yard, fix her dryer and help her apply for special assistance related to her utilities. 

Derek Bargatze worked alongside our crew who removed an unsafe porch roof for one of our widows living in proximity to us. One of Derek's primary responsibilities on the day to day is mobilizing groups to serve through our SLAM program throughout the year. But it isn't enough that Derek sends others to meet these kinds of needs. He also devotes hours every Wednesday to this kind of activity, serving those in need who are unable to do for themselves!

Derek Bargatze worked alongside our crew who removed an unsafe porch roof for one of our widows living in proximity to us. One of Derek's primary responsibilities on the day to day is mobilizing groups to serve through our SLAM program throughout the year. But it isn't enough that Derek sends others to meet these kinds of needs. He also devotes hours every Wednesday to this kind of activity, serving those in need who are unable to do for themselves!

This gorgeous lady is Candace Galford, mother of three, wife of one of our educators and an exceptionally awesome wedding coordinator with Details Nashville! With intentional cooperation amongst the mothers in our community, serving those in need in our neighborhood is possible even with an incredibly busy schedule like this mama! It's committed women like Candace who have made the dramatic improvement in this neighborhood more possible, through love and intentional acts of service.

This gorgeous lady is Candace Galford, mother of three, wife of one of our educators and an exceptionally awesome wedding coordinator with Details Nashville! With intentional cooperation amongst the mothers in our community, serving those in need in our neighborhood is possible even with an incredibly busy schedule like this mama! It's committed women like Candace who have made the dramatic improvement in this neighborhood more possible, through love and intentional acts of service.

Community Development Day Photos 1.21.15

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Kicking off the morning's chapel with some sincere greetings, there really is no better way to live than alongside your best friends! 

Energizing worship led by our Latin America Regional Team's premiere band, Ele A! 

Energizing worship led by our Latin America Regional Team's premiere band, Ele A! 

A powerful message stemming from Philippians 3 set our hearts in gear for this next season of service in our local neighborhood!

A powerful message stemming from Philippians 3 set our hearts in gear for this next season of service in our local neighborhood!

Michael Johnson back in action! We helped our elderly neighbor, Ms. Linda, clear out some trouble areas on her property. 

Michael Johnson back in action! We helped our elderly neighbor, Ms. Linda, clear out some trouble areas on her property. 

In an effort to ensure the resources we have on our property are going to good use, we took some time to organize and re-organize what we have so that we are better prepared to host and serve our neighbors! This effort has already led towards raising funds by selling unused items we had!

Isn't that G.O.D. Elementary & Middle School?? Well, yes. Yes, it is. Every week we have volunteers that invest time at the school during CDD. As our elementary and middle school continues to grow, this is one of many ways that we are investing in the next generation both within and outside of our neighborhood! 


Tools??!  Who needs tools when we have our hands?! But seriously, there were almost a dozen of our guys out clearing some of our property to prepare it for development. Creating more space for our organization's activity opens opportunities to serve our neighbors more.

Serving in Hopewell: A Testimony of Love Through Service

There are about a thousand excuses we can come up with to avoid serving those who really need it.  Sometimes, our excuses are even tied to our service in other areas. But our activity on Wednesdays for the last 4 months have not only made an impact on our neighborhood, but they have changed us. Serving those in need in our neighborhood is a priority for us. We can never be "too busy" for them.

Read this testimony from our very own, Deborah Nava who had the opportunity yesterday to serve one of our neighbors who family has been hit by catastrophe after catastrophe for the past few years. Few people have extended a hand to help them and you can see the affects this has had on this precious family. We are thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to help in the ways we are able! 

I was a little warm and light headed as I reached down and was overwhelmed by the stench of feces and urine all around. I uncovered spoiled food and broken toys between the soiled sheets on the bed. I had to stop for a moment and really take it in. This was not in India or the Philippines or even across town. That was right here in Hopewell. 

It made me think a lot about the responsibility of 'kings'- to take care of the social, mental and physical well being of their people. And it is clear that America's king is doing nothing to help this family. Their environment was unfit for health in every way. I know our government's systems fail people everyday. But this was astounding. 

God gives us his spirit to animate us, to be a source of good and light and hope. I know that without all the fancy titles I can do more to help this situation simply because I am connected to the one who gives life. I am the greatest resource. I believe that. But that means nothing if I don't get to work. My feelings and criticisms will fade away if I don't "feel it, (so) you can taste it" and get involved in the labor it is to love people and bring them closer to the life and light that is in us, in Christ. We have that hope and I urge you to continue to see yourselves as those ambassadors of God's Kingdom. It is the best gift we can give others. Take that thought with you everywhere you go, it will change the world a little bit at a time.

Chapel Reflections: Being Inspired Towards Good Mental Health & Photos

What a motivating, dynamic time this morning was!  I was brought to tears on multiple occasions hearing how the Lord has used his word and his people to bring healing to some of our community members!  I’ve also heard from a number of people who really felt the Lord! The Mental Health Team presented a wonderful invitation for us all to consider our own mental health and the health of those around us.  And it’s already happening! 

 At lunch today, Nyumba Café was a hot spot for lively discussion on the topic.  I sat with a few people and I’m pretty sure, if we hadn’t all had places to go after our 45-minute talk, we would have kept going!  It was awesome.  We considered biblical narratives that have changed our approach on the idea of mental health.  We reconsidered Jesus’ approach when it contrasted the conventional response that the world offers.  We remembered moments with roommates that challenged us to offer better accountability in regards to our mental health. 

As was mentioned by Rachel Olson, one of the presenters, this morning, “Developing our response (in the area of mental health) starts with us learning to be that model society, which includes embodying good mental health, even in the midst of our challenges.” 

Such an exhortation is wonderful.  Especially when it is met with responses like those I have been hearing!  Not only did people love our time together in chapel this morning, but they feel inspired to pursue the Lord and one another more to ensure better mental health on all fronts!  Hallelujah!

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What better way could we actualize our moves towards good mental health than bringing order to our environment?!  The greenhouse is near complete!  Gentlemen from the Southeast Asia team have been mobilizing themselves for weeks now to get this greenhouse complete before the cold sets in while gentlemen from the East Africa team have been working the ground underneath the greenhouse. Finishing this project means our neighboring widows can continue to eat their healthy greens through the winter! 

Bryan Sanders and Andrew Wolfe continued the Berry Bush Project that was initiated by a group on the Latin America team.  These bushes offer a pleasant aesthetic as they line our property but they are also a healthy treat that we can offer to those in need!

With the rise of potential productivity that solar energy can offer in the developing world, the India team requested that we mobilize people from our community here to plan for more experimentation to find out what works! Such experiments here allow us to determine what works and what doesn't before introducing it to people who really need such innovation. Be on the look out for more from this innovative bunch!

For the past few weeks we have been considering ways to meet needs with our elderly neighbors. For some who live alone, a hot meal served by a friendly neighbor can do more than fill their stomachs.  Here, a team of ladies, labored over a big pot of greens for our neighbors!

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Being resourceful is foundational in any project we do.  We recently cleared some of our land to make room for more development.  This week a team of guys took what we had cleared and repurposed it as wood chips for some of our playground areas on our property!

Below we have a team of folks, under the direction of Rosemary Sherrod, who are furthering our work in chronicling the rich history of our neighborhood.  This effort has given neighbors an opportunity to tell their story and a way for us to connect with them over meaningful content, their lives. 

Community Development Day Photos & Recap 11.5.2014

The rain didn't stop us from being a blessing to our neighbors!  Mr. Paul received new bed bug-free mattresses and box springs.  Mrs. Betty had her ceiling painted!  And a crew cleaned Moranda's home so that she could feel a little more comfortable as she recovered from her recent birth experience.  She was also visited by Jenny Sherrod to receive more education on lactation.  Below are some projects carried out at our property!

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Maintaining a presentable environment for our guests is an important task. This past Wednesday we had crews making sure we were ready to be hospitable to guests who will attend SLAM and CBE hosted events this weekend.

The masterminds behind our marketing efforts for 'Alien'! These two mobilized a big crew to get out in the neighborhood to hang flyers and network with locals to make known the upcoming, incredible production available to them.  These efforts are ongoing so please pray as we get the word out! 

As you all know, Nyumba Cafe is a big component to the vibe we present for The Arts at Center Street.  Brian and Cameron worked on the menu board for Nyumbarista that will soon be back up for your viewing!

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Ever tried to look for supplies in the shop for a work project and couldn't find what you needed?  Well, this crew continued the monstrous task of organizing the shop, under Nick Sherrod's direction, so that such cases would be minimized.  This allows us to use resources we have to help our neighbors instead of spending unnecessary funds, making us better stewards of what the Lord has blessed us with!

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Solar energy is a phenomenon that can really be a help both here and abroad.  This crew came together to collaborate on how to experiment with projects here, in order to be a greater benefit there.

Community Development Day 10.29.2014

 

We had a busy week this week!  Creating warm meals, painting in homes, cleaning up yards and even postpartum visits were just a few of the efforts made during this week's Community Development Day!  Catch a peek below of some of the crews who had the opportunity to work together!

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One of the final components of the Nyumba server wall project was completed as the door was installed (Nate).  The work projects in Nyumba are gearing us up for our future productions at The Arts at Center Street!

Also, a final coat of paint on a new bench leaves it ready to be put together (Anna & Bri)!

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The Greenhouse project continues!  Due to the urgency of completely this project as the chilly weather moves in, we had almost a dozen guys tackling this project together!  Finishing this greenhouse will progress our efforts in experimenting with alternative methods of gardening, an immediate benefit for our neighborhood and community here and a future benefit for our friends around the world! 

Have you ever thought about how much weed-eating has to take place on our land in order to keep it from looking like an overgrown jungle mess??!  Well, you can ask Colin and Bryan because Wednesday they spent two hours dominating the environment to keep it looking nice!

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Chainsaws, machetes, saws, the outdoors and friends is bound to be a whole lot of fun! Clearing these portions of our land will open up space for future projects that will be done to greater enhance our training! What a blessing to have space that we can use for the benefit of others!

G.O.D. Elementary School continues to be a wonderful program to reach out to those outside of our community, especially as enrollment continues to grow! In an effort to continue to provide a safe, clean, productive learning environment for students there, we sent a crew down to clean!

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Our elderly neighbor, Mrs. Mary, was visited by a crew of our ladies to have her windows cleaned before the winter sets in!  

Below is a crew who put their minds to the task of brainstorming how to create solar energy phone charging stations.  Such a project would benefit our work both here and abroad in an economical, sustainable way!

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Community Development Day 10.22.2014

After spending time in our various spheres' meetings this morning for chapel, we headed out for a very productive day in the neighborhood!  Check out these fun moments that were captured!

The shop was BUSY today!  There were cabinets to refinish (Josh K, Rafa, Marco), a bench to paint (Matt J., Derek) and the creation of a door for the end of our greenhouse (Austin)!

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Nyumba was also a domain for productivity!  While the Africa team was cooking up our lunch in the kitchen, the new look on the wall behind the bar was completed (Brian, Bryan) and the new server room wall got its final sand job and a coat of paint (Jason C., Corey)!  

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The cold weather is coming quick so the greenhouse has been on our list each week in order to continue our food production through the very chilly winter season!  We are getting close!

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If you didn't know, we have acquired more land that we are looking to develop. But first, we need to clear it!  Thanks to this crew today we put another dent into what needs to be done!

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A number of our projects are aimed to prepare our property and even our neighbor's resources for the upcoming winter.  At the Green House, home of some of our single gentlemen, we have had a crew working to prepare the deck so that it can endure the harsh weather ahead.

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Mr. Paul's porch roof received its final coats of paint today!  I'm sure he is going to enjoy sitting out on the porch while he eats his tasty treats that were brought to him! That's right!  In addition to the renovations we were able to finish up there, we had a few crews of ladies bake goodies and write encouragement cards for our neighbors that we have served in the previous weeks!

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