Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Wed Mar 14, 2018
Global Impact Celebration is a week of connection, encouragement, learning, and renewal for all of us. But sometimes, there are God-ordained moments that make the week a memory for both missionary guests and church members. Below, you'll read recollections from Ed Traverse, pastor of Lifepoint Church in Westerville, Ohio and Greg Ott, a member here at Shades, about a unique connection between them.
Posted in Missions | By Cassandra Hicks | Posted on Mon Feb 26, 2018
I grew up in the age of Girls in Action (GA’s), so I always knew what a missionary was.
We heard stories of people who traveled to other countries to tell people about the love of Jesus. However, my first real touch with missions was when I was about five-years-old and my Paw-Paw, who was a Southern Baptist preacher, came home from a trip to China.
My Paw-Paw loved Jesus with every fiber of his being, and he loved to tell people about Jesus! He could do this at a restaurant or he could do this in China. I grew up knowing this not just because of his words but also because of his actions.
I took a mission trip to Trinidad the summer after I graduated from high school. I understood that we were there to share about Christ, but I never felt a passion for the people we were ministering to. I had never experienced an all-consuming desire to reach out and see hearts and lives changed. Missions were just an exciting trip we did. A church thing.
Posted in Missions | By Jordan Cox | Posted on Mon Jun 20, 2016
If you’ve been a part of the Shades family, you likely know this. If you’re new to Shades, you’ll find out quickly:
Living a life on mission is the core of who we are.
Summer is a great time to leverage our resources and gifts for the Kingdom of God. We send out more teams during the summer months than at any time during the year. We also see generations spanning one another to impact our world for Christ.
Through mid-June, we’ve sent out eight teams. We’ll commission and send out five more through August. 13 teams in the span of four months. Missions isn’t a value or call we’ve had to buy and sell; as a church family we’ve heeded the importance God placed in Scripture of taking the gospel to the nations.
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Sun Feb 28, 2016
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post for our Global Impact Celebration 2016. Due to security purposes, the author must remain anonymous.
I have a passion.
I love to fly. I especially, like to take people flying that have never flown in a small plane before.
Normally, I will take them with me as I walk around the plane and do the pre-flight checks showing them all the things I am doing to make sure the plane is in good shape to fly.
Next, as we get into the cockpit, I describe to them the sequence of events that are about to unfold as we take flight.
I will be talking on the radio to make sure that other traffic know what we are doing and to keep aware of other traffic around the airport. We will then taxi to the end of the runway and I will point the plan into the grass and give it power.
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Thu Nov 5, 2015
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Posted in Missions | By Mark Jenkins | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Our lives changed in January 2010 when we met a group of men living around a fire barrel under I-65. We began to spend time with them, eat with them, and learn about their stories. Genuine friendships were developed and we began walking with several of them through the long and messy process of rebuilding their lives.
Posted in Missions | By Jay Watson | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Nolensville, TN is a small town still close to everything. Growth closed in upon it and it has had no choice but to respond. Hundreds of people move into this small town for their children to go to be a part of a great school system. They want to play sports, shop, and be in community where they live. When new families move to Nashville for work or other opportunities, Nolensville is one of their top choices around the big city.
Posted in Missions, Caring | By Ashley Hill | Posted on Thu Jan 22, 2015
"Adoption was not even in our radar five years ago much less having a third child."