Tonight, we had an all staff party here on the St. Louis campus! It was a night full of laughter and spending time together. It’s not often that all the staff for every program and department are in the same place.
To start the night, we played a few games. Musical chairs got quite intense and a few started scheming how to cheat so they could steal the chairs away from others. We also played the balloon stomp. It was hilarious how everyone got so into it. Each person had a balloon tied to their ankle and they had to stomp out everyone else’s balloon without theirs getting popped.
After we played a few games, we spent some time talking about 2016 and where God was leading us. The missionary staff have been doing the theme of “Boldness” this year. Boldness in what we ask God to do, boldness in our willingness to serve God, and boldness in how we love others. We wanted to share that idea with all of the Haitian staff and make it our “theme” for the year. With being bold, means coming before God with courage and faith, without reservation. We decided a tangible way to be bold in our prayers this year was to “draw the circle.” We drew a huge circle and hung it in the common area. Tonight, we all took the time to fill that circle with our prayers for 2016. Our prayers for the programs, for the ministries, for our lives, for our community, and for how God can use us to advance His kingdom in St. Louis du Nord and the Northwest zone. Watching our Haitian staff fill in the circle was a humbling thing. They are asking big things for God this year and together, we will join in praying that God would work in his mighty way! I think we were all quickly reminded that God has surrounded us with some incredible family members who love Him and love His people.
After our time circling this mission, the ministry, and this community, we spent some more time laughing as a family together. We played hot potato, which got to be quite the competition. Everyone was very focused on the game. We ended the evening with a dance-off between several staff members! Some of them have some serious moves.
We ended the night with a nice meal and were able to send everyone home with a small gift, which just a small token of our appreciation for how hard they work alongside us.
We had a great time praying together and laughing together. We are excited to see where the Lord leads us this. We hope that you will join us in praying BIG, BOLD things for our ministry in 2016!