Of course every team, no matter how big or small, is important. Yet, there are also groups who act as a kind of “special team” in that they have a unique skill set, and/or they plug-in to help us “make a difference” at just the right time. Here are a few examples from this week.
Mission 58 began in the heart of Ron Evans, the pastor of the “Church Under the Tree” in North Dallas. They sent eight different youth groups adding up to hundreds of students who served at Mission Arlington® this week. Most of the students led “Rainbow Express, and 1 of their teams served on our campus, helping with work projects here at the Mission.
Dallas Baptist University provides a camp for high school students which they call “Servant University.” This camp mixes morning collegiate experiences with afternoon hands-on ministry projects, and fun activities in the evenings. 120 international students from this camp served with us on Tuesday afternoon. Their energy and enthusiasm of these high school students from several South American countries not only helped us get a lot of work done, but blessed many people along the way.
Ten adults from a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) team came to serve for an afternoon with us. Their group was in town for a training conference in Grapevine, and we had the privilege of being their outreach partnership for the week. This team was especially helpful, and Darren, the team Mascot, endured the hot weather dressed in his suit while so many people had their pictures taken with him.
We are so grateful to live and work in the middle of a community of people who give their time and their abilities to help others who are less fortunate. Specialty teams like the ones mentioned here are a lot of fun, as is every group that comes to help. Thanks to each of you who give, volunteer, and pray in order to make a difference here. We are honored to walk this journey with you.