Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Beginning of a Beautiful Trip

Posted by: Erika

The second day of the Junior mission trip began with another early start (though later than the day before). We left the Dream Center around 6:15 PST for My Father’s House, a homeless outreach run by Church on the Street. We served many men and women breakfast while the worship team sang and Mr. Shiver preached a short message. We returned to the Dream Center for some free time, during which skits and music were practiced, some students and Mrs. Stemper made a trip to Costco, and we went on a short tour of the Dream Center. For meals, there are two shifts: men and women. The genders are separated to avoid any temptation the disciples may encounter. After lunch, we headed over to St. Mary’s Food Bank, internationally recognized as the first food bank in the world. There we sorted donated food for packages that the food bank gives to those in need. We sorted enough food for almost 4,000 meals! During our brief introduction to the food bank, we learned that one in four children in Arizona doesn’t know where their next meal is going to come from. We also learned that in Arizona, one in every five families and one in every seven senior citizens also is nutritionally unstable. These statistics only enforce our yearning to make a difference in this community. We returned to the Dream Center for some more free time before dinner, and some of us dashed to Walmart for a few things. After dinner, there was some more free time before “Friday Fun Night,” which consisted of the praise team leading the disciples in many worship songs, Mrs. Stemper sharing some things about BRCS, a couple of testimonies, and a skit put on by Jackie and Erika. We had devotions, then returned to our rooms, anxious for sleep. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mrs. Carp said...

Good morning Junior class. Seeing how so many people are in such need makes us so grateful for what we have, doesn't it? Have a wonderful day and may you be bold in your walk and compassionate and loving with your words. Oh ,and have a really great birthday Hopey, we love you and are so proud of you. Keep us posted .
Continue to be the blessing you are junior class <3

Mrs. Carp.

3/24/2012 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Ellen and Lou said...

We know you all are tired, but tirelessly, continuing to help others. Everyone is proud of you all and the work you are accomplishing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue to help others. Wishing you all many blessings!

Much Love,
Ellen and Lou Hadden

3/24/2012 9:45 AM  
Blogger Greg Motte said...

Hey Benji, Caleb, Dylan, Cole and RJ. It sounds like God is already using you guys to impact the people there in AZ. I am very proud of you guys! I am praying that God continues to use you all in many ways. Be Blessed!

3/24/2012 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Hood said...

Hey Juniors! :)
Thank you for all the updates! You are in our prayers and we are so excited to hear how God is using you all and how he is speaking to you through this trip. The Dream Center and Church on the Street are amazing places where God is at work. So glad you could join Him there!
Love to all,
Mrs. Hood

3/25/2012 6:34 PM  

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