Posted by: Kiana Bullard | June 17, 2009

HOPE Newsletter

Family and Friends,

First of all I want to take the time to thank you for all the financial support and prayers that you guys have blessed HOPE with! Your support means a lot to me and is very encouraging! This has definitely been a great journey!
I arrived in Louisville, KY Tuesday afternoon around 1:30. I was nervous and excited at the same time. A few hours after the initial meeting of everyone I felt right at home, as a matter of fact sooner than I thought it would happen. That evening we had a wonderful dinner with all the HOPE team members and their families. There are 5 guys and 7 girls on our team. We are a very diverse group and represent a wonderful portion of God’s family. God made each one of us uniquely different for His purpose yet we all have a passion to help the people of Louisville and be Jesus to them in word and deed. God brings all of us together! Ephesians 4:25 says “…we are all members of one body”. Pray that as we would learn to become one body with Christ as our center.
The next few days were followed by training, becoming familiar with Jefferson Street Baptist Center and getting to know Louisville. We had the privilege of eating at an amazing pizza place called Bearno’s. Getting to see the different parts of Louisville gave me a new perspective on the ministry that we will be doing here and helped me to better understand the people here and the city they live in that shapes them so much. On Saturday we got to explore our neighborhood by prayer walking, meeting people, and going to a local park. We have been going to that park the past few days and have had the opportunity to meet some children there. It has been an amazing experience to see how God is using us, even if only playing with kids in a park, which can lead to getting to know their families and share Jesus with them! In the future we are hoping to continue to build relationships with people in our neighborhood as well as the children and their families in the park. Every Friday we will be inviting people from our neighborhood over to dinner for a meal with our household. Pray that God would guide us to exactly how we can help out this community that we will be serving this summer. Pray also that we would see the people here as God sees them.
Sunday mornings we attend a church called Sojourn, it is uplifting, refreshing and a wonderful place to join a body of believers in worship to our Lord. On Sunday afternoons we will be reading our curriculum, doing community outreach or getting to know Louisville better. Pray that we hear God’s voice as He speaks. I am excited about getting involved with this community of believers, I know that they are seeking God’s best for the neighborhoods in Louisville!
This summer will be very challenging but a time to grow and see the world through a different set of eyes. Please pray that God would work through me and touch the people of Louisville. Pray that God would move me out of the way and that I would dare to get out of my comfort zone for the sake of others. Please pray that I continue to seek out God’s best for my life.
As you pray, ask yourself if God would have you give more to the cause this summer. We have raised 63% of our funds and still need support. Please donate as God leads. If you would like to help or know of anyone who would please let me know. Please make checks out to Jefferson Street Baptist Center and put my fund ID# HOPE-SO9-KB1, on the memo line. You may send all donations to: Attn: HOPE, 733 East Jefferson St., Louisville, KY, 40202. If you would prefer to donate online, that option is available as well. Simply go to hopeforlouisville.org and click on the Donate Now button. All donations are tax-deductible. DONATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW!!!
Thank you again for all that you have done! If you would like any more information or would simply like to send me an e-mail this is my e-mail address kiana.bullard@gmail.com. I hope that you enjoy this next month, that you remember my team in your prayers and that you seek God in every action you take and every word you make!

Fellow Warrior for Christ,
Kiana Bullard
Summer Hope Team Member

You can also send notes to the above address.
Please visit the website http://www.hopeforlouisville.com

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