Off With a Bang!

After months of planning and preparation, today was the big day – Day #1 of Roar! Our first kiddo pulled into the parking lot at 8:40, raring to go. And from there it was a steady stream (and at some points a flood) of friends, old and new. We have averaged around 35 students a day for the past few years. Today, we started off with 44! It made my heart happy to see the church so full. During craft, one little girl told me that she’d never been to a church before. Our team feels very fortunate and humbled to be able to share the message of God’s love and saving grace with her, as well as with all of our students. We’ve also gotten to renew some valued relationships with families in the community. We are so blessed to have so many people looking out for us, offering help and support while we’re here. Between our CLC and Anchor Point families, we have an amazing support system.

After a very busy morning, it was a low key afternoon and evening for the team to think through some logistics and prepare for tomorrow. Everyone on the team pitched in to help prep for each of tomorrow’s stations. Many hands really did make light work – and resulted in many laughs! MacGyver Luke came through again, rigging a quick, and sometimes explosive, way to blow up 120 balloons quickly. There were lots of giggles – and maybe one or two screams. And, to top off an amazing Monday, two young moose decided to show off a little, using the puddles in our parking lot for a watering hole. Hannah and I have been waiting 7 years to see moose in our parking lot, so it was really the cherry on top! We are all ready and excited to see what tomorrow brings.

In Christ –

Mary Anne

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