Hey y’all!

It has been a wild summer.  It all started for Cornerstone Youth back in May.  We had an incredible trip to Nicaragua with a group of our graduated Seniors.  While we were there we spent time with Marvin and Grethell, the leaders of Christ our Rock Church in Tipitapa.  Our seniors were able to go with and experience what Marvin and Grethell do on a daily basis and how they minister to people in their community.  We spent time in the Word, spent time with children, spent time with youth, and created relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We had a great group of Seniors, and Cornerstone Youth will miss them all next year.

Next, we were off to M25 in Atlanta!  This mission camp was for our High School students.  We spent a week in Atlanta going under bridges, bringing food to homeless people, serving them, and most importantly talking with them.  Our students did an incredible job of having real conversations with the people they came into contact with.  Most importantly, we all learned how impactful praying for a stranger can be.  It was an experience we wont soon forget, and one I look forward to next year.

Finally, we crashed Opelika for Radius.  This camp was for our Middle School students and was focussed specifically on serving people in our community.  It’s always humbling to experience hardships in your own backyard, and our students met that experience with hard-work and compassion.  They worked their tail-ends off in hot and humid weather and rarely did we ever hear a grumble.  We also had an incredible time bonding and talking with one another.  This group of students encouraged us as much as they encouraged the people we were serving.

Acts 1:8 says “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  This summer we served right here in our county, we served in another state, and we served internationally.  Jesus told his disciples to wait and receive the Spirit before they go and witness to the world.  I can say with confidence that we had students witnessing in the Spirit through the conversations they had, work they did, and friendships they made.  It’s an incredible thing to see the way Jesus works in the lives of our students.  I felt blessed to be a part of these trips and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each one of these students.


God Bless

-Marcus Popenfoose