In just over 2 weeks our team – along with mission teams from 2 of our partnering churches – will be hosting a Back to School Block Party that will be held on the campus of Crossroads Baptist Church here in Leesburg, VA. This block party will be similar to the 2 previous events we have hosted for our communities in that there will be moon bounces, face painting, balloon animals, music, and food. However, the twist and new excitement at this block party is that we are planning to provide at least 100 children with backpacks and school supplies for this upcoming school year.
We have the opportunity to reach 3 communities in Leesburg that are probably the 3 communities of greatest need here. To provide backpacks and school supplies for 100 children will be a significant to help to these families and will allow them to focus their resources on needs like groceries, utilities, and rent. Anything and everything we do – even offering a free meal at these block parties – is an opportunity to bless these communities.
In addition to meeting physical needs we also make it a priority to meet the spiritual needs as well. We have had the opportunity at our previous block parties to pray for people’s needs, encourage them, invite them to our church plant, and most importantly we have shared the Gospel and seen 7 people make first time decisions to trust in Jesus Christ. We have also seen the depth of the relationships we are building with these communities as we have had one family already attend and join our church plant with the promise of multiple other families planning to come and visit us in the coming weeks. God is moving and making an impact here in Leesburg, VA and it is a blessing to be a part!
We want to give you the opportunity to join with us in what God is doing! We are still in need of several school supplies and backpacks. Would you consider making a donation to our Back to School Block Party? We have set up an Amazon Wish List that has the remaining school supply items that we still need. Simply CLICK ON THIS LINK, place an order, and it will be shipped to our church plant (please place your order so that we can receive your donation by Wednesday, August 19).
In addition to your partnership and the support of our sponsoring churches we are seeking a few local businesses to come on board and help with this event. The UPS Store in Leesburg, VA has committed to being an event sponsor and we have requests into Chick-fil-A of Leesburg and our local Office Depot/OfficeMax. We will be sending a request to the Walmart here in Leesburg as well. Please pray for God’s favor in these requests and that these business will come on board with support and donations for this event.
Thanks for your prayers and partnership! The Back to School Block Party will have a greater impact on our community with the support and help from people like you.