Last week, the teenagers from Alsbury invaded the DFW area to be involved in mission and service activities. Each day, Alsbury youth partnered with a local ministry and served in a variety of capacities.
Tarrant County Food Bank
This organization that distributes food to children, senior adults, homeless, and needy families. Our group helped to process over 11,000 pounds of food which in turn would help feed over 700 families.
Rachel’s Hope is a resale store here in Burleson. The proceeds support the Burleson Pregnancy Aid Center which is now called Next Step. We processed through an entire storage area of donations, sorting, cleaning, and pricing items. The regular workers of Rachel’s Hope were so grateful at the amount of work we were able to complete for them.
We also partnered with Mission Arlington, an organization whose mission is taking church to where the people are. We passed out bread to a very poor mobile home park in the morning and then held a back yard Bible club in an apartment complex in the afternoon. We had the opportunity to play with children and share with them a Bible story of God’s love.
Serving the Alsbury Family
Friday, the goal for our teenagers was to serve the members within our own Alsbury family. Partnering with our deacons, teams of students went to multiple locations to do a variety of tasks like yard work, house cleaning, construction projects, and even help a family to move to a new house. It was such a blessing to see our teenagers working along side our wonderful deacons to minister and serve other members within Alsbury.
It was a great week for our students to serve and love on people in practical ways right here in our own back yard.
I have been asked by many, “why didn’t you take a mission trip this summer?” Let me answer that important question.
I want to be careful to not limit our understanding of missions to an event or a trip. Being involved in missions is having a mindset to be intentional to meet the needs of others in order to share the love of God. Having a missional mindset should be a character quality that we all work on developing to be a part of who we are on a daily basis, and it does not require a trip.
I think mission trips are great things, as I am about to head out with our college students on a mission trip to serve the needy children in Amarillo. But, this week was a good reminder for us all that missions is more than a trip to take, it is a mindset to develop which we can do right here in our own area.