June 24-July 5
PLEASE PRAY FOR US
Dear Church Family,
THANK YOU for the financial support you’ve given us over these past four weeks! Because of your generosity, we’ve raised well over $8,500 for this trip so far. Your support is a huge blessing!
Our new hope is that you’ll continue to support us through prayer!
Here are some ways you can pray for us:
First, please pray that God would use our team in powerful ways. We hope that God would use us to make a genuine difference in the lives of the people we meet and serve!
Second, pray for each team member. Specifically that their personal walk with Christ would change. Our prayer is that each one would be sparked to re-examine life priorities in light of what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a hurting world.
Third, join us in praying that life back home would change for us. Our prayer is that we’d return to the Bellingham community with new eyes — sensitized to see the ethnic diversity and pockets of poverty that may have escaped us previously. We also pray that our team would return home with a new vision for how their faith might impact their home life and their community at large.
Finally, we’d appreciate prayer for team unity and safety as we travel.
ANNOUNCING OUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TRIP
PHILOSOPHY OF SERVICE TRIPS
Here at Bellingham Covenant Church, we believe strongly in giving our people hands-on experiences with their faith. This can look like weekly community gatherings, service projects, retreats, small group gatherings and summer trips. Our summer trips are intended to get us out of the building and into a new environment—one where we can experience our relationship with Christ in new and unexpected ways. The overall purpose of each summer trip is to explore with people how Christ is working throughout our entire world—and to invite them to join this redemptive work. This summer (2019) is our International/Multicultural Service Trip!
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
This year, we will be traveling to the city of Norrköping, Sweden, which is about an hour outside of Stockholm.
HERE’S WHAT OUR GROUP WILL DO
While we don’t have all the details for this trip, we can tell you this:
We will be partnering with pastor Mario Marquez and his church (Hagebykyrkan) as they love and minister to their city, Norrköping
We will be working directly with refugees/immigrants…teaching them English
We will be doing upkeep and maintenance at a local Christian camp
We will be traveling with a church-owned Café Bus…sharing in the beloved Swedish tradition of Fika with new friends from the church as they bless and build relationships with their neighbors
THIS TRIP IS INTERGENERATIONAL
Our high school students are actually the ones who inspired this trip! That’s because one of the values we have as a church is mixing the generations all together! One of the major benefits of being intergenerational for our students is that they are really known by our adults. Studies show that being known like this is a major contributing factor towards having a faith that “sticks” after high school. Additionally, in order to make sure a trip like this happens, we need more people! Sooo…church, anyone wanna come with us??!! Because you can! Just speak with Jeff G or Steven about your involvement!