I love the first signs of spring after a long, sometimes dreary, winter season. Most people associate spring with the sign of crocuses popping up and buds forming on trees. I associate spring with the incredibly fragrant smell of the Daphne plant. They usually bloom between February and March. I can detect it from blocks away. I love it! It reminds me that spring is coming and all of our serve trip teams are in the midst of preparing, planning and fundraising for their various trips. There is fervor in the air … anticipation for things to come.
Most of the students apply for these trips with minimal information about what they will be doing over the course of spring break or the month of May or June. They choose to engage in what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus. They sacrifice time to be a learner of those they go to serve and hopefully leave a “sweet fragrance” of Christ in some places where sorrow and joy abound.
I would encourage you this spring as you see the flowers blooming or have the privilege of smelling a Daphne plant that you would take a moment to pray for our students serving. Pray for their preparation and fundraising. Pray that they would bring hope and also return with hope. Pray that whatever they are called to “do” or “be” in their location of service that they would be and leave the aroma of Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:15)
We have 77 students and leaders heading out to five locations over spring break:
A team of 12 will serve at The Flying H Ranch. The Flying H youth ranch is located 30 miles west of Yakima, Wash. The ranch ministers to at-risk youth aged 8 to 16.
A team of 12 will serve with Center for Student Missions (CSM) in Los Angeles. CSM’s focus is partnering with local churches and organizations to help meet the needs of urban communities.
A team of 24 will serve at several different ministries in Seattle including Urban Impact and New Horizons Ministries. These ministries have a focus of building relationships and serving in community through the local church.
A team of 17 will travel to Neah Bay in Washington to learn about the Makah people and help serve in the community.
A team of 12 will travel to Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp near Rimrock Lake in Washington to tackle various work projects.
This May we have a team of 17 going back to Swaziland to work with AIM Ministries. Through their 14 bases around the world, AIM conducts year-round ministry to places where “the least of these” are found. They believe that by giving people the opportunity to hold orphans, bring hope to the hopeless, and pray for the sick, lives are transformed.
Swaziland nationals and missionaries are ministering through their medical clinic, soccer ministry and educational resources, helping to meet basic needs. We will work in conjunction with AIM to find the best fit for our team and ways that we can be a support and encouragement to those daily ministering and living in Swaziland.
In June we have a team of 15 going to Romania and Moldova to work with Word Made Flesh. The team will volunteer alongside WMF missionaries with at-risk Romanian and Moldovan children in various after-school/summer camp opportunities. They will participate in the life of the WMF missionaries in daily worship and routine work tasks. They will develop an awareness and compassionate heart for the children of Romania and Moldova that face severe threats of trafficking, abandonment, drug abuse and exploitation.
The teams are currently meeting weekly for prayer, planning and implementing of fundraising activities, and preparing for the ministry. If you would like more information about the trips or to find out ways that you can support the teams, please contact Andrea MacLeod at 503-554-2323 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.