Summer 2018 Missions Trips Recap
If you missed the Adult Sunday School class this past Sunday, then you missed a lot! We heard about our international mission trip to Malaga, Spain and our domestic trip to St. Louis, MO.
Here’s a quick recap on the Malaga, Spain trip: Brad & Margarita Wallace, from Sycamore, coordinated the trip and everyone (from 3 different states) met in Spain. Their primary goal was to help host an English camp. They arrived a few days before the camp and together put the finishing touches on the camp program over the weekend, worshipped at the church hosting the camp and the fun began on Monday! In Margarita’s own words, everything just came together and it was like it was “put together in heaven.”
Most people in Malaga are suspicious of evangelicals, but value learning English. Hence, their camp was filled to capacity with a waiting list. At the end of the week, they held “American Fair”—complete with a corn-hole set built by Brad. Past attendance to the American Fair was spotty, but this year, half the kids came with their parents. What an answer to prayer!
Brad & Margarita are so grateful for Sycamore’s support of this mission trip and hope to bring a team back again next year. They asked for prayer for the missionaries living there and their relationships with the locals—specifically in building relationships with those that go to school with their kids.
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And here’s the recap for the St. Louis, MO trip: This trip was coordinated by our Assistant Pastor, Marty Cates who took high school students and youth. In working with Restore St. Louis, the Sycamore crew was involved in their “Workday” ministry: doing simple acts of mercy and justice. This aspect of ministry is very down-to-earth, requiring minimal skill and willing hands and a servant’s heart. And in Marty’s own words, they were surprised to realize they “can’t fix the things they thought they’d fix” and were called to minister to those in need just by being there and doing simple acts of service, like cleaning and phone calls.
The Sycamore crew spent their mornings tutoring with Restore St. Louis’ “Firm Foundation” tutoring program. This program is designed to combat summer learning loss and served an immediate need for the city’s poor. Their evenings were filled with Bible clubs: including a devotion or lesson and usually included hoola hoops, sidewalk chalk and bubbles.
Marty closed by mentioning the Director, Andrew Stern, was incredible grateful for the many churches that supported Restore St. Louis—over 25 churches and 600 helpers. Interested in learning more about Restore St. Louis? Visit their website here.