Wednesday, August 24, 2016

From the Mecca of the Airbrushed T-shirt

Praises and Prayer Requests…


> Praises for the UNCG students and alumni on mission with us in the Smoky Mountains.  L à R: Moriah (alumni on staff in Charlotte), Harrison, Pete, Micah (3), Carra, Zade (5), Jennifer, Stephanie, Faith (9) and Grace (12).

> Praises for the ability to invest in their lives!  Though exhausting, living in the same building as the other ~60 people on this mission gave us access no normal semester allows (often late into the night!).

> Pray for the students as they apply the ministry skills they developed over the summer – back to campus!

> Pray for a full staff team for the Triad.  God continues to work mightily here and we need more laborers!  
Pete and Carra Selent
with Grace, Faith, Zade & Micah

                                                        July 2016
From the Mecca of the Airbrushed T-shirt
The smell of fudge, moonshine, kettlecorn.  Sidewalks
filled with tourists, sleepy babies with ice cream mustaches.
A sea of faces moving from eating to entertainment and
around again. The smell of fudge, moonshine, kettlecorn.  Sidewalks filled with tourists, sleepy babies with ice cream mustaches. A sea of faces moving from eating to
entertainment and around again.  What about the faces
behind the counters?  Does anyone notice the server’s accent?

This overflowing mountain town has captured our hearts!  Gatlinburg, TN would not be able to handle the influx of
tourists without the J1’s.  The J1 visa allows students
 from all over the world to come serve food, run amuse-
ment rides, clean hotel rooms and offer samples of fudge
to the American (mostly) tourists.  Over 1000 international students come work in Gatlinburg every summer.  Here
they live in cheap hotel rooms with no kitchens, work two
jobs and rarely experience much culturally “American”
besides what they see and hear on the streets.

Anastasia, one of the 100+
J1 students we met, lives near
St. Petersburg, Russia and
loves American movies.  She knows a ton about the Bible
but the idea of a relationship
with God who loves her is a foreign concept.  In the background of this photo
with Anastasia, Cru students
are interacting with international friends from Jamaica, Thailand, China, Moldova, Ukraine, and more. 

On this outreach night Harrison (from UNC Greensboro) organized a series of short films to spark spiritual
conversations. So far, Anastasia is intrigued but not
certain about pursuing a relationship with Christ.
Please pray that Anastasia from Russia, Hermonie from
China and many others would choose life in Christ before
 they return to their home countries.

For the Nations,
Pete & Carra Signature
Smokey Mountain Summer Mission 2016
(Pete and Carra back row left, kids front row)

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