At the end of June, our middle school students took a mission trip to Arlington, TX to partner with Mission Arlington in helping meet the needs and share the love of Jesus with the people of Arlington!
It was an awesome trip and our students worked hard and served well. We participated in a variety of service opportunities: from relationship building to heavy lifting. One of our students’ favorite experiences was getting to lead, essentially, a mini-VBS for kids at apartment complexes. Our students took ownership in coming up with games including variations of tag and “red light, green light”; they taught the kids songs with hand motions; and we had a few students volunteer to teach the lesson for the day. It was so cool and inspiring seeing our middle school students really take an interest in these kids, that they had never met, and show them love and share Jesus with them.
One of the more challenging service opportunities was clearing out a room in one of the warehouses that was filled with bottled drinks and canned foods to make room for backpacks and school supplies that will be donated in the next month. Mission Arlington will give out school supplies to over 10,000 students in the Arlington area. That is a lot of school supplies! Which also means that they needed a lot of room cleared in this warehouse. It involved some muscle and took some time, but we were able to clear out the room so that school supplies could start being moved in. It was so rewarding at the end to see what all we had accomplished as a team and to get to be a part of an awesome project to benefit students in need.
On the last day of the mission trip, we put on a free yard sale at an apartment complex. Many of our students talked about how impactful this day was for them. We unloaded a bus full of donated items on the lawn by the playground of the complex and families would come and pick out items they needed for their homes. Then, we would help them carry their items back to their apartments.
It was an eye-opening experience for our middle schoolers. Items that some people don’t want, to others, is treasure. Some of our students expressed what they learned from the experience. They learned that we should be thankful for what we have and if we have things that we do not use, they could be items that could really bless others. It was a great day getting to spend time with these families and share the love and joy of Jesus.
Overall, it was an incredible week. I’m so proud of our students. It was hot outside and some of the work we did was tough, but they did not complain and were excited to serve and make a difference in the lives of others. Hopefully, the people we encountered experienced love and got a glimpse of Jesus through our group of middle school students.
Check out the Vista Students page to see more ways to get involved!