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The Girl in the Purple Shirt

I was standing there manning the castle moon bounce when all of a sudden she broke into my world. In the eyes of the world she is insignificant. She is tiny, she is innocent of the ways of the world, she is impolite, but at that moment, the precise moment that she came into my life, the Creator allowed me to see her God label (her value in God’s eyes). All she wanted was for someone to say she was beautiful. Too often little girls in purple shirts, and little boys in green shirts, are looked over…they are invisible but hurting nonetheless. We have all felt like this little girl and isn’t it great when someone takes the time see you for who you really are. That means that no matter who you are God has called you to go on a great adventure. If you are new at New Life you will have a chance to take a first step in a low risk environment and make some new friends.

Everywhere Jesus went he shared good news! So the staff here at New Life wanted to come up with a way for you to share this good news. That’s the whole point of the Block Party…it’s to find the girl in the purple shirt and say “Hey, we love you just for being you!” It’s to bring the community into our space and show them firsthand ALL that we have to offer. And let’s be honest, we have a TON to offer. I want to encourage, no implore you, to take a major part in this Block Party. Jesus sets a great example for all of us to follow, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matt 9:35-38, NIV) We are praying that the Lord of the harvest will send His workers. Not for our benefit, or because we don’t want to work (trust us we will be working, too) but because the harvest is so plentiful.

So, maybe you’re saying, “I don’t have anything to offer,” or “I don’t feel comfortable talking to people I don’t know.” This is the perfect opportunity to learn how. We have tons of games, food, music, and more to help you connect with the people who walk in the door. We will also have seasoned veterans (don’t lick them though, Tim Jones tried and some people got really offended plus he said they didn’t taste good) who will be there to help get you started.

Come on, sign up to work a game, or make sno-balls, or even help people find a place to park. You never know, you might be the one that begins to change their view of eternity.

Anne Evans

Outreach Resident


2 Responses to “The Girl in the Purple Shirt”

  1. Great note of encouragement Anne! I can’t wait for the Blockparty. I can’t seem to stop talking about it and about New Life. So many people at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday were interested. I think this is going to be HUGE! Praise God!

  2. Great Post and thanks for the hugely encouraging note Anna. I agree with Don and am looking forward to the Block Party. It’s going to be super. <

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