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A Ministry Update from Lisa Smith...
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JULY 2021
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Working with God is the best! And He is definitely at work in and through the lives of students on Ocean City Summer Mission this summer. I believe God is at work in each person—there is a God-story happening in everyone.

When we are available and obedient to Him, we get to come alongside and be a part of the work He is already doing. Often, when you least expect it, He uses you. I  was reminded of this time and time again this summer.
 
Kyrah, a student from Central State, came to Ocean City without knowing anyone else! She said, Summer mission gave me the chance to grow closer in my faith and even helped me find my identity and who I am. God has been working so hard in my life and I’m so grateful that He loves me and has blessed me with the opportunity to grow closer to Him.”
 
Isabelle, a student at University of Illinois, told me, These 7 weeks have fostered a crazy amount of growth. Experiencing this incredible Christ-focused community has been such a sweet, encouraging experience. Having a summer of intentional time to focus on my walk with the Lord has taught me so much about evangelism, my calling, and how to follow Christ for a lifetime. I am so grateful for this summer and how the Lord’s working through everyone here.
 
Skye approached me as we were saying goodbye to students following our final dinner together, “Lisa, I want you to know that your vulnerability and your teaching really impacted me this summer.” Wow. I’m so grateful He used me in her life!
 
While God was working in the lives and hearts of our staff and students, He was also working through us in the lives of others, from students’ co-workers and customers at work to people we met in coffee shops or on the boardwalk or the beach. We challenged one another to take steps of faith to initiate spiritual conversations with individuals around us.

In just 6 weeks together, we initiated spiritual conversations with a total of 2,865 people. Of those, we had the opportunity to share the Gospel with 809. And 94 individuals indicated decisions to trust Jesus! 94 new brothers and sisters in Christ!!
 
In addition, many students are taking bold steps of faith to initiate spiritual conversations with friends and family members back home. We pray that Ocean City Summer Mission will not be the height of their relationship with the Lord, but will serve as a launching pad—launching them out for a lifetime of walking with Jesus and making Him known wherever they go and whatever they do!
 
THANK YOU for your faithful partnership and eternal investment in the staff and students of Ocean City Summer Mission. One day, together, we will get to see all the eternal fruit from this summer! I can’t wait!!

> Pray for the 65 students still in Ocean City continuing the Summer Mission until August 5th. Pray that God would work in and through them!

> Pray for those we have talked with this summer, whether it was a brief spiritual conversation, a longer conversation about how we can know God personally through Jesus Christ, or for those who indicated decisions to trust Christ. Pray that God would continue His work and story in each one, wherever they are today. He knows each of them by name!
Thank you for standing with me in prayer!
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Lisa Smith · 19459 Middletown Rd. · Beloit, OH 44609 · USA

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