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Nicaragua 2017 – Update #5

(Tuesday morning) Good morning! Today you have a very special recap from Halle and Parker. Watch the video below to see all about our day yesterday. Our final push is today. Keep praying and we can’t wait to share all about what God has been doing here in Nicaragua!

For the team and the Kingdom,


Nicaragua 2017 – Update #4

(Sunday night) Good evening folks! Sorry for the delay, we’ve been without internet for some time here. We celebrated two new births into Christ this morning (pics below). Below is a recap from two students, Jonathan Pendergrast and David Walker. We’ll let their words be it for today. They say it so well.

“Today started out with an early breakfast before heading out to Valentin’s church in el viejo. We were immediately greeted by members of the church. They were very welcoming and were very pleased to have us. We experienced church in a new way which was really cool (they really enjoyed holding hands). It was very interesting to experience worship in a different language. They sang with such passion. We had the pleasure of singing a couple songs for them too. Later in the day we played with the kids. We set aside time to pour directly into the kids and be able to grow our relationships. A lot of soccer was enjoyed as well as kickball and frisbee. It’s such an amazing thing to build meaningful relationships with children who don’t even speak the same language as you. We returned to the hotel and had a time of worship and discussion and then headed to our rooms to hang out and get some sleep to prepare for the full day of work we have tomorrow.

Alright, so I [David] like to share a deep thought with the group every night, so I figured I would share one that I found especially powerful with you. God calls us to be like the moon. If you look into the night sky you will most likely be able to see the massive object of light that is the moon, but the moon produces no light of its own. All of the light you see is a reflection of the brilliance that is the sun’s light. Without the moon everything would be dark. As Christians, we are called to be a reflection of God’s abundant grace, mercy, and love to the world around us. God calls us to be like the moon and to reflect his light in order to light the dark world around us.
I also have a song recommendation. If you haven’t heard it you should check out ‘So Will I’ off of Hillsong’s new album ‘Wonder.'”


Nicaragua 2017 – Update #3

(Saturday night) Good evening after another long and full day! Jenna Galloway has your recap:

“Today we went to a bunch of different churches to distribute food bags. It was cool to be able to see different parts of the country and see how differently the people lived. One thing that stuck out to me while passing out the bags was that the people of the church waited their turn to get their bags and didn’t try to get them all at once. This is different from what I personally do because I only ever think about myself and normally forget to think about others first (whoops). Also, once we got to Valentin’s church it was super humbling to see Gloria (the woman we are building the house for) and Jonathan (a little boy there) super eager to help us. It is amazing to see just how helpful everyone there is and how much love they have for one another. I can’t wait until tomorrow! Woohoo!!”

We drove a lot and saw some amazing people and places. God was so present in each person we met, and the excitement just to have us in the room was humbling. We gave out 110ish bags each of rice, beans, sugar, oil, and some other things. The students and adults are busting it to get the work done so they can spend more time with the people. It’s been an incredible experience and we’re not done yet. Tomorrow we’ll worship with the church in El Viejo, and I cannot wait to see our two cultures come together in the presence of the Lord! Keep praying for us!

For the group and the Kingdom,



Nicaragua 2017 – Update #2

(Friday night) Good evening again! As I write this, some VERY tired students (and adults!) are slipping into some good sleep. We busted it today and got a ton of work done! Tonight you’ll hear from Anderson Liddle about his experience from today:

“Today in Nicaragua, we had both an eventful and fun-filled day. We managed to finish flattening the floor of our house, and we even got all of the concrete onto it. Due to a lack of a certain cement mixing machine, we channeled our inner mixers and became one with the concrete. Along with making concrete, we continued cementing our relationships with the local kids. They are all just so sweet, and it is such a joy playing even the most simple games with them. At the end of the day, we got to have an excellent discussion on how we are affecting people’s lives. It’s amazing to see how we can have an effect on someone’s life in everything we do, whether it be mixing concrete or giving giggling kids piggy back rides (montar a caballo in Spanish). I think both I and my teammates all are enjoying ourselves here, and I can’t wait to continue helping throughout this week.”

He’s not kidding. We mixed 20 wheel barrels of sand, 16 of gravel, and 10 bags of concrete to finish out the floor of the house…BY HAND. I have also guesstimated that no less than 9,452 piggy back rides were given. We are wiped and ready for rest but also for tomorrow! I’ve included some pictures so you can see the progress over the last two days. Keep praying for God’s glory to shine through us all!

For the team and the Kingdom,



Nicaragua 2017 – Update #1

IMG_5700(Thursday evening) Hi everyone! Wanted to pass along a small update on our first day here in Nicaragua. After a LONG travel day yesterday, everyone was eager to get to work, and what a blessing it was to serve this sweet lady named Gloria in helping to build her a new home.

Each day you’ll hear from a different student and their perspective on what happened. Tonight it’s Jennifer Stone! Here’s what she had to say:

“Hey everyone! We had an amazing first day in Nicaragua! We arrived at the work site and started claiming jobs to do for the day. However, because there are a lot of us there were more people than available jobs for some of the day. But that didn’t matter, we played kick ball, other games, and introduced fidget spinners to the kids. They continued to jump and climb on us as we gave piggy back rides. We had such a fun-filled day creating relationships with the people in the surrounding neighborhood and even more excited to get to know them better for the rest of the week, making ourselves even more confused with the little amount of Spanish known within the group. However, the most important lesson we learned today was that if we can be Howard then always be Howard!”

We’re working on finishing the house with James and Eddie, looks like we’ll be putting up the roof and finishing the floor. The neighborhood we’re working in is very welcoming and the weather was very good to us today. Please continue to pray for the work God is doing through us and that the weather allows us to finish strong. Thanks for your support and prayers!

On behalf of the team, and for the Kingdom,


IMPACT tomorrow night!


NO TEEN CLASSES AT WOODMONT TOMORROW NIGHT (Wed. 6/21)! Instead, we will all be joining these cool cats and all the fun happening at Impact! Entertainment is from 6:30-7:45, worship from 8:15-9:45; come for part or all! We will be meeting in front of the fountain in the square at Lipscomb at 6:15. Text Ginger (615-559-7404) with any questions!

No class tomorrow night!


Listen up teens – no class at Woodmont tomorrow night! All 6th-12th graders are invited to Acuff Chapel at Lipscomb Academy at 7pm for the nightly Workcamp service. Join your friends who have been busting their butts serving Nashville this week and come join us for some worship and fun!

Camp Telos Deadline THIS SUNDAY!

These are the faces that represent those of you wanting to go to camp who haven’t signed up yet – because the deadline is THIS SUNDAY, MAY 28! Be sure to get your envelope and payment turned in this week or we’ll be making faces a lot sadder than these.

Text or email me ASAP if you want to sign up and won’t be at church on Sunday. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

April 30th Deadlines


Hey you! Yeah, the procrastinate-y looking teenager over there – listen up! The following events have a sign-up deadline of THIS SUNDAY, April 30th:
Impact – high school only, June 19-24, envelope sign up
Nicaragua – high school only, July 13-19, application sign up
Albany – middle school only, July 23-28, application sign up
Envelopes and applications can be found next to either of our two black Student Ministry mailboxes, where everything gets turned in. Don’t miss out on these awesome opportunities!

Meet our new MS Minister!

Chase and Olivia

Great news, WoodmontYG middle schoolers – this Sunday is Meet Our New Middle School Minister Day! Chase Whiting and his fiance Olivia will be joining us at church Sunday morning AND at the MS hangout “Chill Y’all” Sunday night. Middle school families and lifeguards are invited to a Meet & Greet with Chase and Olivia in the Bridge during 2nd service, and all 6th-8th graders are invited to Chill Y’all from 5-7pm at Marc and Lorie Brawner’s house.
Can’t wait for a day of fun with Chase, Olivia, and our awesome middle schoolers!

All things summer!

are you ready

Here it is, folks – all things summer with WoodmontYG!
Middle and High School
– Nashville Workcamp – June 4-9 (sign-up deadline already passed)
– Camp Telos – June 11-16 at Hy-Lake Christian Camp; sign-up deadline is Sunday, June 4; cost is $210 per student
High School Only
– Impact – June 19-24 at Lipscomb University; sign-up deadline is Sunday, April 30; cost is $225 per student
– Nicaragua Mission Trip – July 13-19; sign-up deadline is Sunday, April 30 – missions application must be filled out and turned in with registration envelope; cost TBD
^^Space is limited, so sign up quickly!
Middle School Only
– Albany Mission Trip – late July (all information for this trip will be finalized and sent out in the next few weeks)
If you have any questions, please email me at gconnor@woodmont.org. Super excited for another awesome summer with my favorite teens!



3 IMPORTANT THINGS about tomorrow:

1. Tomorrow is the last day of our 144 Envelopes fundraiser. Our goal is to have all 144 envelopes taken/contributed, so encourage everyone at church to donate and let’s crush our goal of raising over $10,000 for our youth mission trips!

2. Tomorrow is the deadline to sign up for Nashville Workcamp. This deadline is based on when we have to have everything turned in to Harpeth Hills, so this is not a loose cut off. EVERYONE who wants to be a part of NWC must have their application and payment turned in tomorrow!

3. 9th Grade Lifeguard Extraordinaires Hailey Howd and Mason Lee are getting married this summer, and we are celebrating them tomorrow from 12-2pm in room 205E! Hailey and Mason are registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Target, and also they are officially the COOLEST.

Yay for all things summer and marriage! See y’all tomorrow.

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