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Student Testimonies: 2016 Spring Break GO Trips

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016

Just a few weeks ago, around 40 Northview high school students headed out to serve on Spring Break GO Trips to Nicaragua, South Africa, or Haiti!

In Nicaragua, the students worked with Northview’s partner of almost 30 years, Nicaragua Resource Network, to put on a vacation Bible school and sports camp and to help with construction projects.

Students on the South Africa trip worked with Horizon International Inc., an organization that serves HIV/AIDS orphans and their families in sub-Saharan Africa. The students had the opportunity to facilitate a retreat for South African peers, visit people in their homes in several villages and pray for them, and help run kids’ programs at Horizon’s drop-in centers.

Students in Haiti served in the Port-au-Prince area, helping Nehemiah Vision Ministries clean and prepare a house for a missionary family from Northview, Adam and Kristin Robinson, who will soon be moving to Haiti to serve full time. They also had the opportunity to help with administrative tasks and to work in the malnutrition clinic, checking in and welcoming guests.

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Student Testimonies: Spring 2016 GO Trips

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016

Just a few weeks ago, around 40 Northview high school students headed out to serve on Spring Break GO Trips to Nicaragua, South Africa, or Haiti!

In Nicaragua, the students worked with Northview’s partner of almost 30 years, Nicaragua Resource Network, to put on a vacation Bible school and sports camp and to help with construction projects.

Students on the South Africa trip worked with Horizon International Inc., an organization that serves HIV/AIDS orphans and their families in sub-Saharan Africa. The students had the opportunity to facilitate a retreat for South African peers, visit people in their homes in several villages and pray for them, and help run kids’ programs at Horizon’s drop-in centers.

Students in Haiti served in the Port-au-Prince area, helping Nehemiah Vision Ministries clean and prepare a house for a missionary family from Northview, Adam and Kristin Robinson, who will soon be moving to Haiti to serve full time. They also had the opportunity to help with administrative tasks and to work in the malnutrition clinic, checking in and welcoming guests.

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A Reflection on Revelation: 180 Degrees

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

BY ALEC TOD

This past Sunday, we continued our series on Revelation as we dove into the second and third letters to the seven churches. Persecution played a big part in the lives of the first Christians, and John continues to encourage the believers of the church of Smyrna to stay strong. Smyrna was described as so faithful through the entire letter, and is one of only two churches to receive only praise from the Lord. Last week we saw that the church of Ephesus was rebuked by Christ, and this week we see only praise for the second church. It is important to understand about the persecution experienced by the churches in Revelation that, like modern day believers today, our journey with Christ does not end with death. Many of the believers of the church of Smyrna were martyred for their faith, and yet this was only the beginning of a much longer spiritual journey that they embarked on. Their faith and relationship with Christ has lead them into eternal life with Christ. This is the same experience that we, as modern-day believers, can expect to share in with Christ. Our relationship with Him does not have to end with death, but through the saving grace of Christ and our commitment to accept this grace, we too can share in this eternal life. 

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