Friday was... interesting. We had about 5 girls who just seemed to come in "ticked off" at the world with a desire to bring all of the rest of us down with them. We definitely battled some spiritual warfare but I'm encouraged that Satan sees what God is doing through The Pathway as something he needs to battle! After a time of praise and worship with the group we split into 2 smaller groups of guys and girls. After just one week I can already tell that God is going to use these smaller groups as an opportunity to dig deeper into the Word in a much more practical and relevant way for these students.
Sunday nights is our new adult gathering and it blew my expectations out of the water! We had old and new faces and the atmosphere was exactly what we prayed it would be... low key, comfortable and more mature than Friday nights. We prayed this would be a time where adults felt welcomed instead of overwhelmed by teenagers. We just sat and chatted for about 15 minutes over a game of "Jenga" and then we opened God's word and studied from John 4 (Jesus and the Samaritan Woman) for 45 minutes or more. We went deep, it hit home, we were able to get some misconceptions out in the open and see what the Bible had to say about them, and the gospel was preached.
Pray that God continues to grow both of these groups. As a side note, God has been doing some other amazing things that has been fun to watch. One of our guys just became homeless and he is staying at one of the local shelters. I have been working with him to find a job and he comes over for lunch every day. This weekend he asked me for some Bibles because he talked to the director of the shelter and got permission to start a Bible study in their conference room... he's going to be leading a few guys through the book of NUMBERS!!! Also-- we're continuing the random group that started last Monday at Antwon's apartment so that we can dig deeper and reach more people. Finally, Tommy has been leading a men's group on Tuesday nights that continues to grow.
Praise Jesus for all he has done and is doing!