PRAY: High School Students Praying for the Persecuted Church in Vietnam

Think of a world where the government actively works against your faith. What’s imaginary for us is the reality for the Persecuted Church in Vietnam—the eighth most persecuted in the world. But even in the midst of persecution, the Church is thriving. Lake Pointe has strategically partnered with a growing church in Vietnam. It has expanded to five campuses, but they still face government opposition every day. Lake Pointe has come alongside the church in Vietnam to provide eyeglasses, clean water and leadership training. At Journey High School Camp this summer, high school students had the opportunity to learn about the Persecuted Church in Vietnam and take action to help our partner church.

At Journey, an area at the back of the worship tent had pictures of real people from our partner church with specific prayer requests. Students and leaders were directed to consider choosing a photo and writing out a prayer for them on a notecard. They also took up an offering. By the end of the two sessions of Journey, they had raised $20,000 and collected hundreds of  handwritten prayers.

The money raised at Journey will go directly towards planting a new church in Vietnam. In November, a Lake Pointe team will be going to visit our partner church there to deliver the handwritten prayers.

GIVE: LPKIDS AND 419 STUDENT MINISTRIES

Is it possible to help someone out of poverty? Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a constant victim of government corruption, natural disasters and spiritual oppression.

That’s why Lake Pointe chose to partner with Hope Rising, a church in Haiti focused on transforming an entire community with the gospel. The biggest struggle in their community is malnutrition—a byproduct of poverty. Children are starving because of a lack of protein in their diet. But something simple like an egg a day could help families from starving.

Sally Todd, a Lake Pointe Church member, moved to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Sally partners with Hope Rising to house a community health initiative in the local villages and came up with an innovative idea to help lift families out of poverty. They decided to build coops and teach families how to take care of chickens. With one coop of chickens, a family can provide for themselves and sell the rest for a profit.

One coop has the potential to lift an entire family out of poverty. At VBS and Trek Middle School Camp this summer, there was an emphasis on boys and girls in Haiti who needed food. Our grade-schoolers and students sacrificially gave to help fund the chicken coop project. Together they raised $50,000. God can use young children and students to help end the poverty cycle. And He can use you.

GO: SOUTH AFRICA MEGGIE’S Story

Meggie always wanted to go to South Africa. So when her Life Group announced a trip to go there with one of Lake Pointe’s partner churches, she and her husband jumped at the opportunity to go.

Lake Pointe partners with Norwegian Settlers Church in South Africa. Norwegian Settlers Church ministers to its community by putting on camps for the children in the winter months. Similar to a VBS, volunteers teach Bible stories, play games and feed the kids who come.

When the team arrived in South Africa, Meggie got to witness the diversity of the body of Christ in action. Every person who came on the trip was uniquely gifted and each person filled a specific role. God placed everyone there for a reason. Some team members played with toddlers, others taught the Bible lessons, and others—like Meggie—spent time with the older students. God used the trip to grow Meggie and her Life Group members in their gifts and bond their group.

Since coming back, Meggie and her Life Group are still involved in Norwegian Settlers Church. They keep in contact with the people they met. They pray for them. They meet specific needs. And they look forward to going back again.

PRAY: High School Students Praying for the Persecuted Church in Vietnam

Think of a world where the government actively works against your faith. What’s imaginary for us is the reality for the Persecuted Church in Vietnam—the eighth most persecuted in the world. But even in the midst of persecution, the Church is thriving. Lake Pointe has strategically partnered with a growing church in Vietnam. It has expanded to five campuses, but they still face government opposition every day. Lake Pointe has come alongside the church in Vietnam to provide eyeglasses, clean water and leadership training. At Journey High School Camp this summer, high school students had the opportunity to learn about the Persecuted Church in Vietnam and take action to help our partner church.

At Journey, an area at the back of the worship tent had pictures of real people from our partner church with specific prayer requests. Students and leaders were directed to consider choosing a photo and writing out a prayer for them on a notecard. They also took up an offering. By the end of the two sessions of Journey, they had raised $20,000 and collected hundreds of  handwritten prayers.

The money raised at Journey will go directly towards planting a new church in Vietnam. In November, a Lake Pointe team will be going to visit our partner church there to deliver the handwritten prayers.

GIVE: LPKIDS AND 419 STUDENT MINISTRIES

Is it possible to help someone out of poverty? Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a constant victim of government corruption, natural disasters and spiritual oppression.

That’s why Lake Pointe chose to partner with Hope Rising, a church in Haiti focused on transforming an entire community with the gospel. The biggest struggle in their community is malnutrition—a byproduct of poverty. Children are starving because of a lack of protein in their diet. But something simple like an egg a day could help families from starving.

Sally Todd, a Lake Pointe Church member, moved to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Sally partners with Hope Rising to house a community health initiative in the local villages and came up with an innovative idea to help lift families out of poverty. They decided to build coops and teach families how to take care of chickens. With one coop of chickens, a family can provide for themselves and sell the rest for a profit.

One coop has the potential to lift an entire family out of poverty. At VBS and Trek Middle School Camp this summer, there was an emphasis on boys and girls in Haiti who needed food. Our grade-schoolers and students sacrificially gave to help fund the chicken coop project. Together they raised $50,000. God can use young children and students to help end the poverty cycle. And He can use you.

GO: SOUTH AFRICA MEGGIE’S Story

Meggie always wanted to go to South Africa. So when her Life Group announced a trip to go there with one of Lake Pointe’s partner churches, she and her husband jumped at the opportunity to go.

Lake Pointe partners with Norwegian Settlers Church in South Africa. Norwegian Settlers Church ministers to its community by putting on camps for the children in the winter months. Similar to a VBS, volunteers teach Bible stories, play games and feed the kids who come.

When the team arrived in South Africa, Meggie got to witness the diversity of the body of Christ in action. Every person who came on the trip was uniquely gifted and each person filled a specific role. God placed everyone there for a reason. Some team members played with toddlers, others taught the Bible lessons, and others—like Meggie—spent time with the older students. God used the trip to grow Meggie and her Life Group members in their gifts and bond their group.

Since coming back, Meggie and her Life Group are still involved in Norwegian Settlers Church. They keep in contact with the people they met. They pray for them. They meet specific needs. And they look forward to going back again.