by Mary Ellen Slefinger

In Acts 1:8 Jesus, just about to ascend into Heaven prophesizes to His disciples:  ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ ESV

I believe this call helps explain why nearly 100 volunteers from Wellspring, Wheaton Chinese Alliance and Vietnamese Alliance were in this building last week, jumping for Jesus and being His witnesses as they used their gifts of creativity, administration, hospitality, teaching, leadership, encouragement, prayer and worship. It also explains why several teachers dedicated 50 hours preparing lessons for the campers, and why our logistics guy spent hours on bus routes, and why our kitchen staff planned on serving 175 meals twice a day.  It’s why several took a week’s vacation and served.  It’s why our youth attended major training sessions prior to the camp, faithfully showed up each morning by 8:00 AM, and served for 8 solid hours every day.  And it’s why our prayer team covered the camp in prayer throughout the week. As a result, 116 campers and their leaders heard the Good News each day from gifted story tellers.  And our worship was incredible!  Most of us are still humming truths like “not gonna worry about a thing” or “I’m holding on to Your promises….You’ll never let go of me! Hey!”  Now, we are starting to dream about Kids’ Camp 2020.

God has given us a great opportunity to be His witnesses in our Jerusalem…even to those who have come from Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth! Our neighbors at Lincoln School speak over 20 languages.  The students we serve are from countries like Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Burma, Russia, Germany and Mexico—to name a few.  Beyond Kids’ Camp, we’ll serve students through the Lincoln School Tutor Club, which begins in October.  Recently, the Wellspring staff met with the Lincoln Elementary School Social Worker, Jenny, and asked if there were any other opportunities for Wellspring to show Christ’s love to Lincoln School families.  Jenny spoke of an English Learners Parents’ Night where non-English-speaking parents of Lincoln students are invited to find out about local resources for their children and families through the help of interpreters. On that night, the Lincoln staff also organize a cold-weather clothing store of donated items (sweatshirts, jeans, coats, and boots). She asked, “Could Wellspring help with this?” Sure we can!

You may not be able to go to the ends of the earth for God, but God is giving us opportunities to tangibly express His love IN our community to people from all over the world. Would you consider joining with us in this effort? Please watch for information in the coming months!