FINDING AND FOLLOWING JESUS ON THE BASKETBALL COURT
Jeff Belmondo

The Family Life Center has been rocking with exciting Upward basketball games and energizing cheers as coaches help 321 children and their families find and follow Jesus.
 
Momentum is building toward a key part of the season. Coaches will share with their teams at practices how to have a personal relationship with Jesus the week of February 13. For many children, this will be the first time they have heard that they can know God personally. We are eager to see how the Lord uses these opportunities to reach them!

Players, cheerleaders and coaches will wear their basketball and cheer uniforms at HCC campuses on Sunday, February 12, as a reminder for the Highlands family to be praying for the children and their coaches.
 
If you haven’t had a chance to see this exciting ministry in action, stop by the gym for a game any Friday night or Saturday through March 18 and cheer for the children. They’ll be encouraged by your support and you’ll be blessed by what you see!

Serving others is one of the best ways we can serve the Lord. In fact, Jesus said that whatever we do for “the least of these” we do for Him (Matthew 25:30). That is the reason Highlands is committed to serving the people in our community. We try to create several opportunities a year to help our students serve locally.

One of those recent opportunities was called “Serve the City.” On the last Monday of April, May and June, groups of about six students and leaders from Highlands in Kent went to downtown Kent to serve dinner to the homeless. We partnered with Kent Lutheran Church, which has been serving people experiencing homelessness for the last 30 years. They serve dinner to 100 to 150 people every Monday! A group of volunteers gets up early in the morning to begin preparing a hot meal for every person who will come through the door. Around 4:30 in the afternoon, our group arrived, washed up, and began serving the prepared meals. This was a great opportunity for our students to step outside of their comfort zone and grow their perspective.

After serving one evening, a student shared with the group that she was surprised at how thankful some of the people were, even though they were receiving so little. She said that it was a good reminder that she needs to be more thankful for the things God provides for her every day. Sometimes serving others transforms the life of the servant even more than the life of the people being served.

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