First & foremost, we want to say how excited we are for your Junior Higher to be able to go on
an amazing Missions trip to the Downtown Portland area. This is not only an opportunity to
serve like Jesus, but an opportunity to experience what full, sacrificial service to others can do
to a student’s faith.
Our heart and vision is that this would be a trip that would open the eyes of students to
what serving others like Jesus can do for their faith. In a world that is built around building
ourselves up, self-fulfillment, and consumption, it’s not a surprise that often times the same
thinking can be applied to a student’s faith in Jesus. More often than not, faith can only be
extended as far the thought “what can I get out of this?” or “what is this going to do for me and
When Jesus came to earth, he not only showed the full extent of his love for us, but he
also set an example of what it means to be a part of God’s kingdom; this was shown greatest in
the way he served and laid down his life for others. Jesus even said himself that he came not to
be served, but to serve others (Matthew 20:28). Not only that, but the Bible would even go as far
as to say if you want to value others above yourselves, the best way to do that is to have the
exact same attitude and mindset of Jesus (Philippians 2:3-5).
This leads us to our Mission trip at hand. Our heart is that being missional would become
a staple in developing student’s faith, which begins when we give students something to serve
and work for in their faith. We pray that the work that they see Jesus do through their service
would simply be the catalyst in their faith to serve and love others with all their heart in every
circumstance. We are so excited for it and are glad you get to be a part of it.