Monday, June 30, 2008

Mission to Mexico 2008

Pray for our Missionaries to Mexico as they prepare to go! The trip is scheduled for July 18th-26th. Two vans will head to the border and then on to Casa Hogar de la Montana, Children's Home of the Mountains, where Phillip and Rebecca serve the Lord and children of Mexico.

Begin now to pray for these missionaries: Chip, Sue, Robert, Rose, Rebecca, Christian, Brett, Andrea, Tammy, David, Suzette and Tia. They will be leading Bible School and completing construction on one of the houses for the children. Support may be given to the Mission Fund.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Son Power Mission Trip Day 7

After 8 LONG hours of live recording, the musical is a "wrap." We really enjoyed this opportunity to praise our God in voice. We all can't wait until the CD is completed and sent to each of us.

Tonight, we finish up SonPower with a concert featuring Matthew West.

Tomorrow, we start the trek back home...pray for our travel safety. We so much appreciate all your prayers during this week. Can't wait to get back home!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Son Power Mission Trip Day 6

Today, we ironed out some final touches on the musical, we will spend 4 1/2 hours tomorrow doing a live recording of the musical we have been working on.

We went to the House of Hope, a home for troubled teens. Part of our group cleaned a house and readied it for tenants. The other part of the group fought the heat, humidity, and ants, to clean up aluminum that will be sold for profit for the Home. Finally, we spent a few moments with the teens who live in the Home. We continually thank God for our opportunities, today was a fantastic day!

See you all soon!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Son Power Mission Trip Day 5

After a sectionals rehearsal, we were set free for a day off! Off to MGM Hollywood Studios at Disneyworld we went!! We had a great day full of fun. It was really awesome to be reminded so many times of the great history Disney has had with our country. It was incredibly hot when we first arrived but, a rainstorm came in and cooled it off very quickly. We were definitely grateful for this! After wild experiences on the Tower of Terror and the Rock 'n Roll Rollercoaster, we ended the day with an amazing water/lights/laser/fireworks left many of speechless.

We are doing great and beginning to look forward to our return...KEEP PRAYING!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Son Power Mission Trip Day 4

Today started out with rehearsal along with 650 other folks literally from across the nation. It was pretty amazing to stop singing for a moment and hear that many voices celebrating our God! Mallory Johnson and Jonathan Wingo were selected from several other students who auditioned yesterday to sing during the worship service...they did outstanding and we were so proud!!

This afternoon, we drove about 20 miles east of Orlando to a town called Sanford. We met Pastor Gerald at Lifeway Community Church and then proceeded to distribute 700 flyers in the surrounding neighborhoods to help promote Lifeway's upcoming VBS in July. The temperature was in the 90's and pretty sure the humidity was in the 90% range as well...HOT & STEAMY!! It was awesome seeing our students take a stand for Christ and fearlessly going into unknown places all the while praying that one of the children in this town will have the opportunity to come to know Jesus as their Savior during this VBS.

Tomorrow morning, after rehearsal, we are off to MGM Hollywood Studios at Disneyworld.

We are doing fantastic and thanking God for His providence in our lives! KEEP PRAYING!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

SonPower Mission Trip Day 3

We had a very restful sleep last night...we were ALL very tired from our total of 21 hours, over two days, of travel in the people mover. This evening, everything begins. SonPower orientation and a concert by 33 Miles are on the agenda.

We also want to include some "group quotes" from the trip so far:

"How much longer? We have been going straight forever!"--Stephanie Hogan

"You could be my mom."--Kayla Slimp to Ron

"For $2.29 you can kiss my lips."--Caleb Hogan

"That ain't no cottage."--Anonymous in reference to Cottage Hill Baptist Church (mega-church we attended in Mobile, Alabama)

"It was much better than our church. And, much quicker."--Caleb Hogan (referring to Cottage Hill worship service)

We are having a great time!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

SonPower Mission Trip Day 2

Just heard for Ron as they were crossing into Florida -- looks like rain.

The group left First at 6:30am Saturday for the 12 hour drive to Mobile, Alabama. This morning they attended the Cottage Hill Baptist Church for worship.

They will travel today to Orlando and stay at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. Ron said, "So far everything has been smooth sailing and the students are great. Thanks for all your prayers. Tomorrow we will post some pictures."

Keep lifting our mission students up!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Pray for SonPower Mission Trip, June 21st-28th

Twenty Five students and sponsors will leave First Church on Saturday for Florida. Pick out one of these students and pray for them daily -

Students: Racey Burden, David Cude, Logan Ediger, Kellie Flesher, Claire Goodwyn, Landon Hankins, Lacy Hankins, Caleb Hogan, Mallory Johnson, Taylor Krieger, Clint Logue, Tony Lopez, Kayla Slimp, Caleb Smith, Krista Tamplen, Bonnie Wilson, Jonathan Wingo and Joshua Wingo. Sponsors: Beth Addington, Candy Burden, Jeff Goodwyn, John Hogan, Stephanie Hogan, Ron Johnson.

Watch this Blog as they post their daily encounters with God on this SonPower Trip!