' This is Big BK and J Ruley man coming at you live (not really) from Reno, Nevada!! This morning we had a great challenge from Pastor Steven Weiss about the finance it takes to open up a church. After a great time getting absolutely roasted by pastor Weiss we got a wonderful opportunity to go out canvasing in the local neighborhoods. We met a man today from the midwest while canvasing and when we told him about the church starting up he seemed pretty interested and excited. We hope to see him Friday for the meet and greet at Idlewild park. We also encountered a guy working outside, cutting stuff up for his house. he was also interested in the church and going to Idlewild park on Friday. We then met an older couple bringing stuff in and were pretty excited about hearing there was a church opening!
Later on, we got to hear a great message from Pastor Andy (not southeast Andy) from Romans 6 about having a battle plan to fight sin in our lives. What a blessing it was. Next, he treated us to a little leisure time exploring downtown Reno. We went to Coffeebar Reno, we had some great coffee and Bekah had an opportunity to share why we were in Reno to the barista. When we went back in to talk to her more we realized she left, but she was interested in why we were there which is awesome in itself. After this, we got to walk around downtown and see some of the awesome sights. We took pictures in front of the famous arch and watched Pastor Andy (Southeast Andy) jump onto some rocks in the Truckee River, which runs through the downtown area. Luckily he didn't fall in and experienced only minor injuries in the form of a peanut sized scrape and a wet shoe tip. We saw a lot of awesome things but also some sad ones too. There were lots of homeless in the area we were in, and it was awful seeing the looks of defeat and hopelessness on their faces. But in the end we know the Lord is here in Reno to give these people hope and to turn their lives around. As we were walking back to the van, there was this guy performing on the other sidewalk, and he yelled across the street asking what type of music we liked. I (Brandon) said "country." He was like "I got a song for you." He played I'll Fly Away, without knowing we were on a mission trip. So he asked us if we were a Bible college because of Maria's shirt. So we all said we are on a mission trip, and he played another song (I don't remember the song) but it was amazing!!!! It hit us because it showed there truly is people searching and in need of true hope for Reno. We gave him a card and prayed with him.
To end the day we had a great message about realigning our self-interests with God's interests. He ended the message with a great saying "People say "you do you", the Bible says "you do Christ."" What a powerful message! We're tired so we're going to sign off for today and hopefully some of the other girls will write updates for you all tomorrow!! Thanks so much for all the prayers and love!!! Goodnight!
The Alpha twins, Josh and Brandon