Middle School Missions Trip Update 7

On July 31, 2011, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

We have been working hard here on the middle school missions trip and it’s paying off well. We split the team for several hours as we served to other local churches connect to Corvallis Church then joined back together to server Dallas Church, Corvallis Church’s mother church.
As we split one group went to help Suburban Church with several projects around their campus. Suburban has provided Corvallis Church with office space and other aid and it was wonderful to bless those who are blessing others.
The second group went to help another new church plant here in Corvallis. They are only in the planning stages and are yet to come up with a name but they have been given an old church building. As we arrived it was easy to see that the grounds had been really let go of by the church that had once used the facilities. Weeds that stood over five feet high surrounded the building and filled the parking lot planters. The Pastor explain a long “dream list” of their goals for the grounds being cleaned by the end of the year. So far the work was being done by he and his wife and a handful of other helpers. They were shocked to come back 7 hours later to find their year end plans complete. I was thrilled with how hard the team worked and amazed by all we accomplished in one day. (see pics below)
As I mentioned we were also able to help Dallas Church with a project. Quite honestly their request is by far the strangest I have ever had on a trip of this nature and I have seen and heard a lot. I was very tired from a long day of work in the sun as Mike Miller, one of the Pastors at Corvallis Church, was explaining this new opportunity to serve. He was talking along about how helpful it would be and about handing out flyers and connecting to the community. All of these things seemed normal and I has just half awake agreeing my way through the conversation when the word “Parade” sparked my brain. When I asked,”Did you say parade?”, he looked at me and said, “oh are you not interested?”. To this I quickly explained that I was more the just interested, I was very excited. So with that yesterday morning our group marched in the Dallas Or annual city parade. As the Dallas Church float passed by our students handed out candy and flyers inviting all along the parade route to join Dallas Church for service today. The joy on the faces of our students was huge as they waved to the crowds lining the mile and a half parade route. Throwing candy to children and cooling people of with blasts from water guns, riding in old time trucks and waving to the crowds. I know that this memory will last a life time for the students. Our energy added much excitement to the Dallas float and they were grateful for our service.
It’s quickly beginning to feel like this won’t be our last trip to serve the people of Corvallis.

We have been working hard here on the middle school missions trip and it’s paying off well. We split the team for several hours as we served to other local churches connect to Corvallis Church then joined back together to server Dallas Church, Corvallis Church’s mother church.
As we split one group went to help Suburban Church with several projects around their campus. Suburban has provided Corvallis Church with office space and other aid and it was wonderful to bless those who are blessing others.
The second group went to help another new church plant here in Corvallis. They are only in the planning stages and are yet to come up with a name but they have been given an old church building. As we arrived it was easy to see that the grounds had been really let go of by the church that had once used the facilities. Weeds that stood over five feet high surrounded the building and filled the parking lot planters. The Pastor explain a long “dream list” of their goals for the grounds being cleaned by the end of the year. So far the work was being done by he and his wife and a handful of other helpers. They were shocked to come back 7 hours later to find their year end plans complete. I was thrilled with how hard the team worked and amazed by all we accomplished in one day. (see pics below)
As I mentioned we were also able to help Dallas Church with a project. Quite honestly their request is by far the strangest I have ever had on a trip of this nature and I have seen and heard a lot. I was very tired from a long day of work in the sun as Mike Miller, one of the Pastors at Corvallis Church, was explaining this new opportunity to serve. He was talking along about how helpful it would be and about handing out flyers and connecting to the community. All of these things seemed normal and I has just half awake agreeing my way through the conversation when the word “Parade” sparked my brain. When I asked,”Did you say parade?”, he looked at me and said, “oh are you not interested?”. To this I quickly explained that I was more the just interested, I was very excited. So with that yesterday morning our group marched in the Dallas Or annual city parade. As the Dallas Church float passed by our students handed out candy and flyers inviting all along the parade route to join Dallas Church for service today. The joy on the faces of our students was huge as they waved to the crowds lining the mile and a half parade route. Throwing candy to children and cooling people of with blasts from water guns, riding in old time trucks and waving to the crowds. I know that this memory will last a life time for the students. Our energy added much excitement to the Dallas float and they were grateful for our service.
It’s quickly beginning to feel like this won’t be our last trip to serve the people of Corvallis.

Middle School Missions Trip Update 6

On July 29, 2011, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

Last night we spent time in down town Portland working with Bridge Town ministries. Bridge Town serves the homeless of Portland through providing for their physical needs and connecting them to local churches. During our time with Bridge Town the students helped cut hair, serve food, distribute clothes, wash feet, fix shopping carts, and spent time in prayer walks around the area. It was a late night with us getting home at close to 1am but the kids did great and were still up and ready for a day of work in the sun today. The students are working hard and impressing those we serve.
Check back soon for more updates.

Last night we spent time in down town Portland working with Bridge Town ministries. Bridge Town serves the homeless of Portland through providing for their physical needs and connecting them to local churches. During our time with Bridge Town the students helped cut hair, serve food, distribute clothes, wash feet, fix shopping carts, and spent time in prayer walks around the area. It was a late night with us getting home at close to 1am but the kids did great and were still up and ready for a day of work in the sun today. The students are working hard and impressing those we serve.
Check back soon for more updates.

Middle School Missions Update 4

On July 28, 2011, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

It was a long Wednesday for the middle school missions team. We were up and out early for our bible study followed by a time of walking the country side to reflect on our passage from 1 Tim. After that a quick breakfast gave us energy to start our work with the City of Corvallis parks department. The project started in a crash course in landscaping and horticulture followed by hours of work in the hot sun. Corvallis has a park along one bank of the rive that runs for miles. Portions are wild vegetation but a large section is landscaped with indigenes plants. Well before we started work today it was hard to tell the landscaping from the wild growth. Many hours of hard work were invested and we left the river side park looking great. In addition to helping establish a working relationship with the parks department our time also allowed us to connect with many people traveling the path. People were amazed that a church would help clean up their parks. Corvallis is a very bike friendly city and these trails feel like a bicycle super highway but even the bike commuters to time to stop and share thanks as they traveled past. The thanks from the parks team was heart felt and they are very excited to know Corvallis Church is here and ready to serve.
Tomorrow we will be serving along side our friends from Corvallis Church with Bridge Town Ministries. Bridge Town focuses on loving the homeless through meeting physical needs. Pray for our students as they wake up to another day of adventure here on the middle school missions trip.

It was a long Wednesday for the middle school missions team. We were up and out early for our bible study followed by a time of walking the country side to reflect on our passage from 1 Tim. After that a quick breakfast gave us energy to start our work with the City of Corvallis parks department. The project started in a crash course in landscaping and horticulture followed by hours of work in the hot sun. Corvallis has a park along one bank of the rive that runs for miles. Portions are wild vegetation but a large section is landscaped with indigenes plants. Well before we started work today it was hard to tell the landscaping from the wild growth. Many hours of hard work were invested and we left the river side park looking great. In addition to helping establish a working relationship with the parks department our time also allowed us to connect with many people traveling the path. People were amazed that a church would help clean up their parks. Corvallis is a very bike friendly city and these trails feel like a bicycle super highway but even the bike commuters to time to stop and share thanks as they traveled past. The thanks from the parks team was heart felt and they are very excited to know Corvallis Church is here and ready to serve.
Tomorrow we will be serving along side our friends from Corvallis Church with Bridge Town Ministries. Bridge Town focuses on loving the homeless through meeting physical needs. Pray for our students as they wake up to another day of adventure here on the middle school missions trip.

Middle School Missions Trip Update 3

On July 26, 2011, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

Day two and the work has begun. Today we got up early and after our bible study we got right to work at Habitat for Humanity. Corvallis Church is looking to establish a working relationship with Habitat for Humanity and we spent time beginning this relationship today. We ripped out the remains of an old community garden, painted signs for and upcoming fundraiser 10k, and post promotion posters in business. The Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator was impressed with the speed and quality of our work as we finished well before expect and quickly moved onto future projects at their home center. As we move forward in our week please pray that we continue to work hard and take joy in all we do.

Day two and the work has begun. Today we got up early and after our bible study we got right to work at Habitat for Humanity. Corvallis Church is looking to establish a working relationship with Habitat for Humanity and we spent time beginning this relationship today. We ripped out the remains of an old community garden, painted signs for and upcoming fundraiser 10k, and post promotion posters in business. The Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator was impressed with the speed and quality of our work as we finished well before expect and quickly moved onto future projects at their home center. As we move forward in our week please pray that we continue to work hard and take joy in all we do.

Middle School Missions Trip Update 2

On July 25, 2011, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

Well the sun is going down and were just rolling into Corvallis. It’s been a great drive through the beautiful mountains of northern Ca and Or. The students are doing great and have had a wonderful day of touring the restrooms of generous I5 McDonalds, Chevrons, and 7 11′s. If ever heading this was I would highly recommend the Shell Station of Weed, Ca. It might not smell great, but the owner will greet you with a smile from his wheel chair and offer you prayer for your travels. It’s such a blessing to be reminded that where ever we go we have family in Christ.
Please pray that tonight can bring well needed rest so that we can hit the ground running in the morning.

Side note..
Why is this suddenly safe once you’re in Oregon?

Well the sun is going down and were just rolling into Corvallis. It’s been a great drive through the beautiful mountains of northern Ca and Or. The students are doing great and have had a wonderful day of touring the restrooms of generous I5 McDonalds, Chevrons, and 7 11′s. If ever heading this was I would highly recommend the Shell Station of Weed, Ca. It might not smell great, but the owner will greet you with a smile from his wheel chair and offer you prayer for your travels. It’s such a blessing to be reminded that where ever we go we have family in Christ.
Please pray that tonight can bring well needed rest so that we can hit the ground running in the morning.

Side note..
Why is this suddenly safe once you’re in Oregon?

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