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Our Water Drive was a huge success!

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that contributed water during our Water Drive this month. We set ourselves a goal of 100 cases of water, in just 2 weeks, to bless two of our mission partners that support the homeless population in Arizona. We are so blessed and grateful for everyone during this endeavor. You helped us reached our goal!   Genesis Project gives out over 250 bottles of water a day! The 50 cases of water they received will last them just under a week. They offer so much to the homeless community and we are honored to partner with them. Genesis Project is located in Apache Junction, and they offer education and resources, clothing, as well as full bellies and a few cold bottles of refreshing water. If you are interested in serving for an afternoon at Genesis Project, contact us, or watch for the upcoming mission’s announcements.   UMOM is located in downtown Phoenix and assists homeless youth, ages range from 14-21.  We partnered with them before COVID-19 hit our area. They have the same needs at Genesis Project so we felt it would benefit them to take the other half of our donated cases of water. UMOM has become a safe haven for so many in the Phoenix area and there is no doubt they go through a ton of water, food, and clothing.   Again, we want to thank each and every one of you that took the time to bless our partners....

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Train up a child in the way he should go

Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This past Sunday five LifePoint families dedicated their children to the Lord. Watching the smiles on everyone’s faces was joy enough for all of us as we welcomed these children into our LifePoint family. A gift from God, children are to be cared for and treated as such. And these families have taken the initiative to love, instruct, discipline, and care for their children in a way that honors and glorifies God. It is our job as the church to come alongside these families and be another voice of truth for these kids as they grow up. May we rejoice in the coming days knowing all of these children will receive the love and support needed to follow Christ....

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LifePoint Outdoors Tents ‘N Trailers Big Lake Edition 2020 is in the books! Wildfires shut down roads but that didn’t stop families from rerouting through New Mexico to get to the campsite. Once everyone arrived the weekend began, and God showed up in a big way allowing for such tremendous and impactful fellowship and connection. Worship that set our hearts and minds at peace, devotions that sparked open conversation and transparency, and finishing with campfire questions that brought tons of laughter and joy.Kids were running, playing, bike riding, fishing, and hiking nonstop, almost running us parents directly into the ground with exhaustion. Perfect weather allowed for days to be perfect and nights to be the exact right cooler temperatures to sleep. Well, who really gets good sleep when camping? All and all it was refreshing to escape the Phoenix heat, get away from the busyness of everyday life, put aside the chaos of what 2020 has been, and just relax in the presence of God with LifePoint friends and family. We hope you join us next year on our 5th annual LifePoint camping trip. Pastor Blake...

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Belize Van Testimony

While the world is devastated by COVID-19, Pastor Kenny Welch, in Belize, was hosting a small event in his home. It is not uncommon for Pastor Kenny and his wife, Una, to host events at their home. Una’s mission and heart rest with the youth in their community. She has been mentoring and working closely with several teenage girls. On June 24, 2020, while hosting 7 teenage girls from the community, Pastor Kenny’s church van was set ablaze.  Pastor Kenny said, “All we could do was to stand and watch the van burn as we waited for it to be extinguished. The flames from the van spread and destroyed all the lawn chairs and other seating that we had in front of the house. There were also minor electrical damages to power wires that ran outside the house. Because the house is concrete, thankfully it didn’t suffer much damage apart from the black debris that stuck to the walls and was carried inside the house by the wind.” This act of arson hurt the community deeply. It’s not a simple church van. The van was utilized by the entire community! The Gales Point Church is the only light shining in a very small, dark corner of their world.  The arson was a clear signal to Pastor Kenny that his hosting events, teaching the youth, and preaching the Gospel are not welcomed by some. Several of the community members tried to speak out about the event but Pastor Kenny insisted on continuing to show God’s love and mercy by staying and serving where God has called him.  First things first, how can Pastor Kenny afford to replace the van? David and Angela Noel, our resident Belize traveling missionaries began a Go-Fund-Me account to help gain some traction on the $13,000 price tag. LifePoint and Living Streams, both financially support Pastor Kenny, had already begun talks about how to best support the purchase of the van. Within 4 days the van fund was...

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V.B.S. To-Go

We had 140 kids participate in our first-ever V.B.S. To-Go! With the current conditions, we are faced with in our country we had to improvise and come up with a plan for children to refocus their thinking towards God without the possibility of physical interaction. It was a fun week of creative characters that kept young people’s attention while participating in the typical lessons, crafts, snacks, and fun you would expect from a traditional V.B.S. event. All displayed on LifePoint Church’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Parents picked up their bags to-go at the beginning of the week, full of all the items needed to complete their kids an exciting week. There was interaction/participation through the internet involving the crafts and memory verses. We were able to see pictures and videos of the kids and their creative pieces. We had our typical Missions Drive which brought in over 200 items for Hope Women’s Center. Not bad for being in the middle of social distancing. We would have much rather been with the kids directly, interacting, hearing the ear-piercing screams at game time, and putting band-aids on boo-boos, but despite the issues at hand we were all able to have a fun time and grow in our relationship with God…even that weird mustached Mission Guy! If your family missed out, you can still go to our pages and watch all the videos. You won’t have the craft or snack, but every video reflects on the Bible and is fun to watch…and you’ll understand the weird mustache guy comment. So on behalf of Toucan Tom, Betsy Belle, Crafty Cathy & Jackie, Look-Out Larry & the weird mustache guy, God bless until next year! Mike Shamburg...

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Coming Home

I have spent the better part of the last three years living in the Philippines at The Father’s House, a safe home for “street children and other children a risk.” My initial role was to be a house parent, or in my case, a house grandparent, to the children, helping to give them a sense of stability, a sense of family. Beyond that, I did not know any specifics or have any agenda; the Lord simply said to me, “Go. Meld. Just be there. I will show you what to do.” And so it went. To just say “yes” opened up the door to an adventure I could never imagine! The first surprise God had for me was that LifePoint took me on as its first fulltime missionary and has supported me throughout. And the people of LifePoint have supported me even beyond. I thank you! At the Father’s House, I became known as “Lola Trish” and at our local church, “Nanay Trish.” Grandmother and Mother. The loving, compassionate, and generous people of the Philippines took me in as part of their family! Being Grammy and Mama would have been enough of a blessing for me, but over time, God revealed other roles to fill. By the end of my term, I had been leader, teacher, counselor, chaplain, multi-cab bus driver, grocery shopper, sari-sari store operator, FHF handbook developer, assistant and confidant to Ludy (their live-in guardian), and “keeper of the rules.” And I learned to be a scooter driver, too, thanks to LP people and their generosity. So now I am home here in Arizona. It was difficult to leave the Philippines. My home is in both places! But I heard the Lord say that my time was finished for full-time; the local people will now step in and...

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What’s been Going on at LifePoint...

Over the course of the last 4 months, your church has been busy connecting with the community’s needs and trying to meet people where they are at in this crazy time. I know that as a group of pastors we are not the best at posting on social media and talking about all we are doing so I wanted to take a minute and show you. Thank you for the support and continued outpouring of love that so many of you have shown. Since March 12th: LifeCare Work Days, 3 full days (w/ teams) and smaller individual jobs as needed, some as many as 3 requests per week Medications (from the Haiti Trip) Delivered to San Carlos, HOPE Women’s, New Seasons Church, Genesis Project, STV Community members in need San Carlos Work Day Food Drive & Delivery – UMOM (new partnership) TV Donation Drive & Delivery – UMOM K&Q Community Garden – Amadeo Church Clothing, water bottles, etc., Donations Gathered and Delivered to HOPE Women’s Center and San Carlos Food Delivery – community outreach and food drive for STV only Food Delivery (Missions Sunday Funds) – San Carlos and UMOM Backpack Delivery – (1500 backpacks from GCU) to San Carlos Supported the local school system by providing a place and the volunteers to hand out lunches through the month of June Developed the infrastructure to go live stream, something LifePoint had never done in the past, nor were we set up for. Attempted to connect with over 300 households in our database and check-in with congregants, (if you did not receive a call I am sincerely sorry and would ask that you reach out to us and make sure we have your contact information correct and also give us a chance to talk). Started weekly videos for our youth of...

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LIFEPOINT BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!

202 Lives Saved Through Donation Efforts! That is a great number!! 159 products of blood were collected, and 19 people were registered for Be the Match to provide stem cell transfusions to those in need. We also had 3 people sign up for organ donation. What an impact!!! It was amazing to see the community come together to provide lifesaving opportunities to those in need. We appreciate each and every one of the people who donated and supported this effort. If you did not get a chance to participate, be on the lookout for our next event in the fall. Also, for those who donated, don’t forget to keep an eye out for your COVID-19 antibody screen results. You may have the chance to cure COVID-19 through convalescent plasma donation if your screen is positive. Contact Amy @623-205-0717 if you have any questions....

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School Lunch Program

For nearly three months LifePoint volunteers have been handing out meals provided by Florence Unified School District. Our neighborhood has responded in an amazing way as the school and church do something we’re not supposed to do: work together for the good of our community. We have prayed with strangers who come through. We have spent time just ministering to people by interacting with them and trying to get to know them. We have even invited a few families to LifePoint! We have served over 10,000 lunches in the last two months and we are looking to the end of the lunch program at the end of June. We still need your help though! If you can give an hour each day to help pass out lunches we need you. You can come to the church at around 10:45am to have some fun and fellowship with our community and hand out lunch or two as well. We only have a few more weeks in the program and you can sign-up to volunteer at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4CADA92FA7FD0-community God Bless You Pastor Chad...

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Coming together in this time of need

Dearest LifePoint Family, We put a call out to all of our congregants for any excessive stock you may have had in your home a couple of weeks ago and your response was incredible. We as Pastors and Staff would like to thank you for your generosity. Over the last two weeks, we have been able to provide much-needed items to our congregants and community. From the elderly to single moms with multiple children, we were and are continuously able to provide for them. Being able to see the gratefulness in these people’s eyes first hand has really touched my heart. You, my brothers and sisters, are a true blessing for these families. 1 Peter 4: 8-11 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. As we continue to maneuver through these next few weeks, we will continue to keep you up to date on any items that are needed. Please keep in mind two questions you could ask yourself today. Am I in need, or how can I help those who need it? If you are in need or know someone who is, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We have groceries, paper products, hygiene items, some medications, diapers, and wipes. If you are struggling with depression...

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