Bikes, students, and Rwanda

This note came to us from Brent Isbill of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas. In a recent XP3 series called New Friend Request, we encouraged ministry leaders to host a coffeehouse night (in partnership with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee) as a community outreach event and fundraising opportunity for the people of Rwanda.

What a great night we had last night!

I am so proud of our students. We raised $2000 last night which will buy eight bikes for families in Rwanda. That is eight families that won’t have to carry coffee cherries to washing stations on foot or on wooden bikes that are illegal because of how unsafe they are.

What is even more amazing is that there was no bill larger than a $20 in our money collected, and over half of the $2000  was in cash and change. This means the students stepped up, and for that I am so grateful! They demonstrated that the church is very much alive in the hearts of these teenagers, and they will step up to the plate if we give them an opportunity to serve.

This is why I love my partnerships with the reThink group. It is not just me buying curriculum. It is me partnering with an origination that gets student ministry. I love that they have provided their partners with an XP [experience]. Unless you have five to seven full-time youth staff, there is not enough time in the day to research and come up with events like this. They provided the idea and the rest could be handled by our team of small group leaders and myself.

I will end by saying what we have said all along leading up to this event. “We might not be able to change the world in one night, but in one night we can change the world for one family.” Even better than that is that our students stepped up and changed the world for eight families in Rwanda, and for that I am extremely grateful to the awesome God we serve.