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flood’s next wave of leaders are on the rise

flood's next wave of leaders are on the rise

High schools across north Fulton and Forsyth counties are setting their sight on the end of this school year. With the end of year approaching, this also means it is time for flood Leadership teams and Chapter Coordinators to process through student applications and establish their Leadership team for the 2014-15 school year! It is a very exciting time for both current leaders and leaders in the making that feel the call to take the next step.

The leadership structure for next year will look different than in years past. The structure will give leaders the opportunity to serve in an area that matches their passion, gifting, and skill set. Moving forward, leadership teams will be comprised of 7 students (2 Co-Presidents and 5 Team Leaders) that will be able to better engage the students that participate in their monthly chapter meetings. Our format will include a Co-President system, where one student will focus on Encouragement, while the other focuses on Organization. This two-person system will better allow our student leaders to thrive in the areas where they are most gifted without feeling overwhelmed. Our Encouragement President will focus on encouraging and motivating their team to stay engaged while ensuring they feel loved and appreciated. Our Organization President will manage team organization and hold all leaders and participating students accountable for their respective responsibilities.
The 5 Team Leaders will have designated teams that focus on Encouragement, Focus Projects, Prayer, Publicity, and Special Events/Fundraising. The selected Team Leaders will work directly with student volunteers within their school chapter to serve their school and community with excellence. flood’s vision for the new structure is to equip and support our student leaders as they grow in the behavioral and spiritual values of flood.


GET ON BOARD WITH OUR 1ST GOLF OUTING

GET ON BOARD WITH OUR 1ST GOLF OUTING

Want to be a part of developing high school students into SERVANT LEADERS and play golf at the same time?

Our vision is to empower generations of students to experience Jesus by loving, leading, and serving others. We do this by equipping, encouraging, and supporting a team of over 130 student leaders representing 14 high schools in the North Fulton and Forsyth County area. These student leader teams are empowered to lead chapters in their school to engage their peers in serving their communities. To date close to 2,000 students have come out to serve and make an IMPACT on their schools and communities. We are a growing ministry as more and more students are answering the call to give back to others in their community.

You can help us live out our vision and come out to our 1st annual golf tournament on October 21st. We are looking forward to a great Fall day and a wonderful time of fellowship and golf. Play golf, enjoy fabulous food, have the chance to win GREAT prizes, and hear from those in flood that you will be helping. Proceeds from this event go to Flood and our vision of developing Servant Leaders among middle and high school students.


AN AMAZING GROUP OF STUDENT LEADERS!

AN AMAZING GROUP OF STUDENT LEADERS!

The first weekend of August is always a favorite around flood as we head off to Berry College to EQUIP- SUPPORT- and ENCOURAGE our School Chapter leaders for the upcoming school year. This year we took 70 students representing 14 school chapters in Forsyth and North Fulton counties. The annual retreat at Winshape Wilderness allows students leaders to bond as a group, learn more about their roles, start their chapter planning, and much more.The most important component of the weekend is spending some intentional time with Jesus and getting minds and hearts set on Him. Prayer, worship, devotionals, and reading the word of God are central to the retreat. This year, leaders are camping out onthe book of Nehemiah as they prepare to lead their chapters. At the retreat, students looked at how they are “rebuilding” their schools through serving, what role God has called them to through flood, the weapons they will use as they fight the enemy, and their commitment to staying the course and “not coming down” from the “great work” they are doing (Nehemiah 6:3). The entire weekend was pretty powerful! The video below gives you a great idea of the heart of students and why they serve-lead with flood! You will love their hearts!


HELP STUDENTS “LEAD WITH THEIR HEARTS”

HELP STUDENTS "LEAD WITH THEIR HEARTS"

Below is a testimony of how flood has changed the life of a student through serving. Her story is one of many on how flood has impacted her life and those around her. If it wasn’t for the many individuals, businesses, and families that have invested financially in flood over years, I don’t think you would be reading her story. We really couldn’t do it without the financial support of so many!

It is really quite simple, if 100 people blessed this ministry at $50 a month, that would provide 1/2 our our yearly budget- $60,000! By becoming invested financially in this ministry, you are INVESTING in the leadership development and spiritual growth of our student leaders- just like the one below. When we are able to equip, encourage, and support them as servant leaders, they in turn can pour into the lives of students in their schools and those they serve in the community.

Please consider becoming a monthly partner with us at $50 a month! We will send you one of our “LEAD WITH YOUR HEART” t shirts! Just click on the donate button or mail your first gift to 11110 Pinehigh Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30022 and we will get monthly envelopes to you!

“I have served with flood from the very beginning and I have seen what God has done through this organization, the leaders, and every student that serves. I have served on leadership for about five years. I have seen some pretty amazing things through my other leadership members like how they are always willing to serve and go out of their way to do something for the students and organizations we are serving. The students and their hearts never cease to amaze me as well. Even though they are not on leadership, most of them want to help above and beyond. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have seen God move through the students and their work. Flood has impacted my life greatly. Every time I serve, I am humbled by the different circumstances people are in. I remember this one time back around four years ago where I was able to talk with a teen in youth detention. I didn’t and still don’t know his name, but I remember his story. He talked about how his family was broken and how he just wanted to make his mom proud. He never felt like he did, so he resorted to drugs at an early age. A few years later, he landed himself in juvie and his mom wanted nothing to do with him. I remember the hurt in his voice when he told me his story. Through this, I was able to tell him that Christ loved him no matter what and that nothing he did was going to make God love him less, and God was already proud of him. I remember his eyes lighting up with relief. I don’t know what happened to the boy or if he accepted Christ, but I think he did. This is why I serve…to show those who have given up all hope that God NEVER gives up on us. Flood has created a great place for me to do this. Now, I am graduating, but I have been inspired to continue service. I plan to become a medical missionary after receiving my nursing degree. I don’t know where God will lead me, but I know that where He leads, I will follow.” Lindsey Fetner, CHEER Chapter (pictured 2nd from right)


Starting the Christmas Season the flood Way!

Starting the Christmas Season the flood Way!

December got off to a great start as flood’s first project of the season was our all time favorite, Operation Christmas Child! Around 100 student and adults went to the warehouse and helped prepare shoeboxes that make their way around the world to children in many countries.

Chattahoochee High School wrapped socks with candy canes for their focus project this month on the streets with our homeless friends. Northview and Hooch will partner together to head downtown to a local park, pass out snacks, socks, and just hang out with all of the friends they have made.

Students from many schools served at The Garden with 7 Bridges to Recovery preparing a meal and helping the children who live there with a Christmas craft. flood continues to partner with 7 Bridges in many ways. We just can’t get enough of the love of Jesus that comes from all those who live and serve at the Garden. flood is blessed to be a partner of this AMAZING ministry!

The 2nd annual flood Christmas tree is sporting pictures of our AMAZING students serving in the community! The tree is located at flood’s new office space provided by the Lipscomb Family Foundation. Located at ROAM (corner of Windward and North Point Parkway).

We welcome anyone to drop by and check out the new office space. But don’t forget to bring your winter items! Scarves, blankets, coats, and gloves collected will be distributed to the homeless at our annual Christmas Eve STREET REACH project. All students and families are welcome to join us. Register on-line at www.floodstudentmissions.org.

Chattahoochee High School wrapped socks with candy canes for their focus project this month on the streets with our homeless friends. Northview and Hooch will partner together to head downtown to a local park, pass out snacks, socks, and just hang out with all of the friends they have made.

Students from many schools served at The Garden with 7 Bridges to Recovery preparing a meal and helping the children who live there with a Christmas craft. flood continues to partner with 7 Bridges in many ways. We just can’t get enough of the love of Jesus that comes from all those who live and serve at the Garden. flood is blessed to be a partner of this AMAZING ministry!

The 2nd annual flood Christmas tree is sporting pictures of our AMAZING students serving in the community! The tree is located at flood’s new office space provided by the Lipscomb Family Foundation. Located at ROAM (corner of Windward and North Point Parkway).

We welcome anyone to drop by and check out the new office space. But don’t forget to bring your winter items! Scarves, blankets, coats, and gloves collected will be distributed to the homeless at our annual Christmas Eve STREET REACH project. All students and families are welcome to join us. Register on-line at www.floodstudentmissions.org.


THERE IS A “flood” AT THE AIRPORT

THERE IS A "flood" AT THE AIRPORT

We all knew that flood was growing as more and more students are finding out how they can make a difference in their communities by “catching the wave.” However, we had no idea where flood would end up out on the streets. Just this week a former flood student at UGA texted me to say that someone saw her car with the flood sticker on it and asked, “Did you do flood in high school?” She thought it was so cool that even off at college, flood would still be a topic of conversation for her.

Today, one of our parent volunteers was in a parking lot at Hartsfield International Airport and emailed me the picture here. “WOW, the airport. That’s pretty cool,” and after trying to figure out whose car it was (which I couldn’t figure out) the reality set in that flood is really making an impact all over the place.

Want to spread the word about how flood has worked in your life or the life of your child? Contact us at info@floodstudentmissions.org and get one of our 2 or 3 inch decals just like the one on this car. Check them out at the flood store. Remember “ONE DROP CAN CAUSE A FLOOD.”


NEW PROJECTS AND NEW CHAPTERS!!

NEW PROJECTS AND NEW CHAPTERS!!

The year 2012 is underway and flood is introducing some new projects on the calendar. Partnering with Meals by Grace , flood will offer students the chance to help cook, pack, and deliver meals to families in Forsyth County living in poverty. Also added to the calendar will be Bingo at the Roswell Nursing home (a sister home to Chestnut Ridge that flood currently serves). Lastly, when the weather warms, flood will offer more regular opportunities to serve at Homestretch by continuing to do yard work and home maintenance projects. Flood will also offer students the chance to outreach with the children living in the Homestretch community by taking a picnic lunch and games to play outside. Students can register for any projects on the website at www.floodstudentmissions.org/serve-now

Believe it or not, as we look at the back side of the school year, flood student leaders are looking ahead! They are currently assessing new leaders and who will step in for seniors that graduate. In addition to establishing leaders for next year in the current school chapters, any students wishing to start a NEW chapter should contact flood to receive a School Chapter Start-up Packet. flood would like to see new school chapters next year at West Forsyth, Forsyth Central, North Forsyth, Johns Creek, the new Cambridge HS, and Alpharetta. It is through the school chapters that student leaders have the opportunity to reach out to other students and engage them in serving and seeing first hand how God can transform their lives and the community! Anyone interested in starting a new chapter should contact flood at 770-289-1834 or email kscales@floodstudentmissions.org


AN AMAZING WEEKEND MAKES A HUGE IMPACT!

AN AMAZING WEEKEND MAKES A HUGE IMPACT!

This past weekend, over 70 students came out to serve all around Atlanta loving on those in the community in many ways. Students from South Forsyth, Chattahoochee, Lambert, Milton, and Legacy Academy were all representing their schools out serving.

On Saturday, 40 students from South Forysth were led out on the streets by former flood student Rebecca Sivak (now a freshman at UGA), current chapter leader at Lambert- Mattson Keator, and many wonderful parents who assisted with transportation.

Regan Dishon, Austin Tibbetts, Carly Cogland, Caleb Hoffman, and other members of the South Forsyth chapter leadership team coordinated the project as part of their first focus project specific for their school. Adult Project host, John Sivak posted this message of encouragement on their schools Facebook page, ” I need to relay a message from many of the homeless people I spoke with on Saturday. They said, “Thank-you for bringing these young adults to visit them”. They were so impressed that the students not only brought food, but that they sat with them, chatted with them, and prayed with them. You all are doing a GREAT work!”

Chloe Weigle, Adrian Salazar, and Marina Han led students from Hooch out serving with 7 Bridges passing out lunches and praying for the homeless living under bridges and in the streets. Milton and Legacy Academy students joined them in their outreach. On Sunday, students from Lambert and former student Emily Sarver (now attending Stanford), and a friend from college served dinner to the women and children living at the Garden – a home for homeless women and children.

We have been receiving stories and testimonies of how all these projects impacted the hearts of students this weekend. We know that lives were changed by their experiences and for that we are extremely grateful!


SOUTH FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL IS BACK!

SOUTH FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL IS BACK!

Over the last summer, Vikey Egan (chapter coordinator) and student leaders from last year at South Forsyth High School, have been praying! They have been praying big. The chapter at South had experienced some challanges last year in getting students to come to the meetings and participate. After hours of planning and reaching out to the school, things just couldn’t come together for the chapter. Yet, everyone kept praying and sensed that something was just not right and all the time trusting that God would come through.

Ms. Vicky started talking to individual students about flood and serving in a leader role. After an initial meeting this summer, she held a second meeting yesterday after school and TWELVE students showed up interested in serving. While all of this was going on, we learned of another student who had already gone to the teacher sponsor about keeping the chapter alive at South. Without any knowledge of what flood was about (except that we serve in the community), and how it is a much larger ministry that he thought, he offerred to help lead the chapter at South and had already pulled some student leaders together!. So, in one day, we had over 15 students interested in leading the chapter at South!! God is just crazy good like that!

So, right now, both groups of students will come together, get a better understanding of leading a chapter at their school, look at the different officer and leader roles for a chapter, define who will serve in those roles, have their first official leader meeting, and then plan for their kick-off meeting in September. Both groups came together for the Club Blitz today and had a swarm of students interested and signing up for flood. We will keep you posted on what happens with this chapter that God literally brought together at the very last minute. Both groups of students are the answer to months of prayer. I hope they realize that!


A Night Of Prayer- August 8th

A Night Of Prayer- August 8th

A new approach to flood’s prayer strategy is to quarterly sponsor a night of prayer for students who serve and those that we serve in the community. On August 8th from 7:00-8:00 pm, flood will host the first “A Night of Prayer.” Students are invited to come for an evening of group prayer as well as individual prayer. Adult prayer leaders who have a heart for today’s students will be available for any student to receive prayer. We will offer these prayer events once a quarter as part of our Prayer Strategy. “We are so excited about this event because we know the challenges students are facing today. There is so much against them in today’s world and through prayer, we can be a part of encouraging and lifting them up,” Kimberly Scales, Executive Director. The event will be held at 3760 Hebden Bridge Lane, Alpharetta, GA. No registration is needed but students can get details at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=173989709334462.


New t-shirt shares heart of flood

New t-shirt shares heart of flood

Ready to share the spirit of flood by sporting our new “SERVE HUMBLY” t-shirt? Let everyone know the heart of this ministry and how they can get invovled serving in the community. Our improved website now has a store that offers the new 2 inch sticker and our new t-shirt design. Look for additional products in the future that highlight flood and provide opportunities to give back to the community and the students who serve with flood.