Serving Washington County: Mission Washington Recap
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14
This past week I took eleven youth to Mission Washington, run by The Dreamer’s Company, to serve the community in various projects all over Washington, PA. Eighty students from 6th-12th grade worked to make improvements in the community and to help folks in need.
Crews spread 210 yards of mulch at three different parks. Trees were taken down and cut into planks to build a bike park at the Washington Park. Kids did interior paint work at Christian Outreach and in the homes of elderly folks. They also painted picnic tables and benches and flower planters in town. We picked up trash and pulled thousands of weeds along Main Street, at the Police Station, and many other locations. Kids had a blast knocking down walls at the Dreamer’s Company headquarters and an entire crew spent the week demolishing a property that was donated to The Dreamer’s Company. It’s still to be determined what the property will be used for.
This is just a little of what was accomplished throughout the week. Our tired bodies welcomed the dorm mattress each night and we were given new strength each day to press on. Over breakfast and morning devotions, we connected with each other. After a hard day’s work, we had dinner together at Church of the Covenant where we shared with each other about our day. Each evening, we worshiped together at Life Church. There were powerful speakers each night with a breakout session in our small groups afterward. The evenings ended with free time to play games, basketball, dodgeball and even swim at the W&J facilities.
We witnessed God moving in many ways, most importantly, bringing youth to Christ.
One of our participants, Payton, shared a few things about his experience. His crew leader and RA really made an impact in that they taught him about faith. One thing he felt the Lord was trying to teach him this week is that hard work is worth doing. He is ready to take the next step in his faith journey by continuing to grow his faith and put all of his trust in God.
It was a powerful week and I encourage anyone interested to join us next year. We will soon know the dates for 2020 Mission Washington. Check out the recap video below!
Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,
Director of Family Ministries
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13