2019 Outreach: The Extreme Tour – Council Bluffs, IA
“Rebels In His Hand” was the host church for our Council Bluffs stop. Pastor Mark is the shepherd for this group of #SocialOutcast who’s love for Jesus is infectious!
Our coordinator in Council Bluffs was Chris. Chris was a member at Rebels and he took care of us from the moment we got there right up until we left (he even came to hang out with us in Omaha; but, that’s another story for another post). Chris was the type of biker dude that if you saw him standing on the street, you might go out of your way to avoid him. But underneath the hardcore exterior was this kind and gentle teddy bear of man who really had a heart to serve Christ through serving his community! He certainly made sure that our team was comfortable and did not want for anything . . . He took real good care of us!
What stood out about Chris during our visit to Council Bluffs was how his since of belonging and purpose just seemed to grow out of control! The more that he poured into the team, the more he seemed to connect in his own relationship with Christ. As we built bridges between the kids at the event and Rebels (through Chris), you could see that he genuinely intended to follow up with each and every one of them. Even after the event was over, Chris invited one of the kids from the park back to the church to get a bite to eat and just hang out. It was really amazing to see Chris embrace the community the way that he did!
I didn’t get to find out about Chris’ story; but, I am looking forward to the opportunity to fellowship with him some more. Council Bluffs was a prime example of where the outreach was more geared towards the coordinator (and there was some pretty cool fruit at the event too :-)).