Ten years, ten more...

We can’t believe that we just wrapped up our tenth year of Change The World: Mission Madisonville!  As I sit and reflect over this year’s trip, I am amazed at God’s faithfulness through CTW.  It’s crazy to think about how deep our roots are growing each year.  We are seeing relationships being built like never before, families coming together, and kids coming to know and accept Jesus into their hearts. 

The most significant impact that the Madisonville community has on our leaders is the relationships that develop and grow during each trip.  This year, some of our leaders met the kids for the first time, others have seen babies grow up into fourth graders, and some are somewhere in between.  What makes CTW so special is that we return to the same place each year which gives our leaders the opportunity to be a recurring presence in the lives of the kids.  The ability to come back to the same place spurs leaders to apply multiple years in a row because of the impact the community has made on them and the relationships they’ve built with the kids. 

We have compiled a list of stories that just scratch the surface of the amazing life change that happens to the leaders and children of Madisonville.  We are already anticipating next year’s Madisonville trip and can’t wait to continue the work of building relationships with the community.  This is only the beginning…  Here’s to ten more years in Madisonville!

 

“Train children to live the right way, and when they are old, they will not stray from it.”

–Proverbs 22:6

“CTW Missions provides the unique opportunity to be able to serve the young children of Madisonville, Texas along with the older community.  Each year, I am reminded of the privilege it is to go into the nursing homes and spread the love of Jesus to people who may not feel very loved.  Some of the residents in the nursing home do not get visitors anymore and the joy that fills that place when we come visit is incredible.  It continually reminds me that everyone needs Jesus, young or old.” – Patricia Fant (6th year leader)

“CTW Missions provides the unique opportunity to be able to serve the young children of Madisonville, Texas along with the older community.  Each year, I am reminded of the privilege it is to go into the nursing homes and spread the love of Jesus to people who may not feel very loved.  Some of the residents in the nursing home do not get visitors anymore and the joy that fills that place when we come visit is incredible.  It continually reminds me that everyone needs Jesus, young or old.” – Patricia Fant (6th year leader)

“Change The World Missions gives me the rewarding opportunity to love on kids who may not hear from anyone in their lives that they have potential, that they are leaders, or that they are deeply loved.  The most significant impact that CTW has on me is the opportunity for me to go to the same place every year and continue the process of deepening relationships with the same kids as the year before.  Each year, CTW solidifies the special calling God has placed on my life to share the love of Jesus to children.” – Casey Tate (3rd year leader)

“Change The World Missions gives me the rewarding opportunity to love on kids who may not hear from anyone in their lives that they have potential, that they are leaders, or that they are deeply loved.  The most significant impact that CTW has on me is the opportunity for me to go to the same place every year and continue the process of deepening relationships with the same kids as the year before.  Each year, CTW solidifies the special calling God has placed on my life to share the love of Jesus to children.” – Casey Tate (3rd year leader)

“Teaching the Bible story pushed me outside of my comfort zone but the kids made it so easy with their encouragement and love.  I leave Madisonville every year feeling amazed by God’s work and inspired by these special kids.” – Rebecca White (3rd year leader)

“Teaching the Bible story pushed me outside of my comfort zone but the kids made it so easy with their encouragement and love.  I leave Madisonville every year feeling amazed by God’s work and inspired by these special kids.” – Rebecca White (3rd year leader)

“This year at CTW, I watched one of the kids in my group go from wanting to fight every day to praying over the group by the end of the week.  God changed this kid’s life and gave him strength to know he is a leader and he is loved.” – Jacob Frisbie (5th year leader)

“This year at CTW, I watched one of the kids in my group go from wanting to fight every day to praying over the group by the end of the week.  God changed this kid’s life and gave him strength to know he is a leader and he is loved.” – Jacob Frisbie (5th year leader)