Jenna Price provided the following update on Temple college students’ activities in Grand Isle, La. See SEND North America for an overview of similar efforts that are going on nationwide.
July 10, 2015
Seven weeks ago, Andrew, Riley, and I left the city of Ruston with its rustic features, agricultural influence, and prominent Christian atmosphere for Grand Isle, known for being settled by pirates, overrun by drugs and alcohol, and funded by its prime fishing spots. Throughout the summer on almost any given weekend, the population of Grand Isle could expand up to 10 times its residential size (which is around 1,000).
First Baptist Church of Grand Isle, pastored by John Boss, was placed strategically on the island to reach the residents that come to the southernmost region of Louisiana to isolate themselves and give into abusing sins and to reach those who only come to the island for a weekend at a time. This is the ministry that we have been blessed with this summer.
The children of Grand Isle love love love to dress up and preform skits to Bible stories. Andrew was a part of this particular production. I bet you would never guess that it was the story of when Jesus walked on water. Complete with a princess, witch, lamb, and puppets.
The first six weeks of the summer, we ran a children’s day camp where 30 to 40 of island locals participated in day after day. Very much like an extended VBS, the three of us Temple students were able to build strong relationships with the children and youth helpers through bible study, games, Scripture memorization, and songs. In addition to each week, we, as the summer missionaries, put to work mission teams that come from all over the country to serve in Grand Isle.
Elizabeth (the other girl missionary to my left) and I lead a Girls’ Night each Tuesday night where we participate in a Bible study, bake cookies, and play board games, volleyball, or Just Dance. The youth may be few on some nights, but they are very eager to learn God’s Word.
We also lead youth on Wednesday nights (and Thursday nights at the church plant up the bayou in Galliano), teach children’s church on Sunday mornings in both locations, put on a Girls’ Night for the youth girls on the island, pass out Bible tracts to fishermen on the piers, and plan outreach events on the island and up the bayou. The rest of the summer will include directing a youth camp for over 30 youth, helping with a sports camp at an Indian reservation in Mississippi with a partnering church, and preparing for Tarpon Rodeo (the largest fishing event for the island and outreach event for the church).
Andrew Thompson, Jenna Price and Riley Thompson
Although I cannot speak personally for the Thompson boys, we all can attest to the vast amount of spiritual warfare that is taking place on the island. The enemy is throwing his hottest fiery arrows at this church and church plant to bring down one of the last evangelical ministries in this region. A number of incidents have occurred at the beginning of the summer which caused repercussions that are still beating down on us today. But our God is mightier than any puny, pathetic arrow Satan fires at First Baptist Church of Grand Isle.
Making Grand Isle #BulldogCountry, of course!
We have celebrated over 10 known salvations the past couple of weeks and continue to reap what God has sown here. The harvest is ready in South Louisiana and Satan is having a hard time stopping what God is doing and plans to do.
I thank God every day for Temple Baptist Church, Temple Tech, its members, staff, and students who have been consistent, constant, and relentless in their prayers for Andrew, Riley, and I and this ministry. I could not have asked for a better summer mission opportunity, a better team, or better church. I now know how Paul felt when he said he longed to see the church because I long to see Temple so that I recount the victories God has had in Grand Isle. But this summer is not over yet, and we have much work still to be done.
I love you all. Please continue to pray without ceasing. Love, Jenna Price
During our Fourth of July outreach, Riley made balloon swords. It was serious business as depicted here.