This Holiday Season, we at Journey Theater think that it’s important to remember those who are less fortunate. Whether ministering to families abroad or right in our backyard, the TREK students have really committed themselves to the phrase “it is better to give than to receive.”
There were three different service and outreach projects that they tackled this Fall Session.
For the third year in a row, our Portland TREK team partnered with Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Students initiated the collection of over 30 boxes at their Tuesday night class location.
Journey students were asked to either bring in full boxes of their own, or bring in items to contribute to group boxes. Boxes were filled with goods; toiletries like toothbrushes and soap, toys for the designated ages, etc. The class that brought in or composed the most boxes won a candy prize.
VANCOUVER & VANEAST
During Fall session, the TREK students in Vancouver & VanEast faithfully handed out donation jars, collected coins, gathered the jars and kept a weekly tally of monies collected. In addition, they hosted a bake sale at each of the showcases, much to the delight of the parents, teachers and students! In total, East Vancouver collected $330 and Vancouver collected $590. As a group, TREK decided to give the money to Open House Ministries, a local homeless shelter, hoping that they can use it for the necessities of life and possibly to take the teen kids out for a fun night! Everyone enjoyed the weekly class competition and is delighted with the outcome.
As our newest chapter of TREK, the Beaverton students wasted no time diving right in to the mission of the group. For their first project, they set to collecting socks, diapers, undergarments and the like to donate to Northwest Children’s Outreach.
Once the drive was completed, Beaverton TREK went to NWCO and filled bags of clothes for the foster families and homeless children in the Portland area. How rewarding it was for them to be able to contribute to almost 145 bags of good to be sent out! There’s great enthusiasm to get started on a second service project!