by Matthew Bryant
MILTON STATELINE, Wash., September 24, 2014 - During the first week of September, students from Milton Stateline Adventist School had the opportunity to learn about leadership through following Christ’s example. The trip was made possible through the generosity of Hood View Junior Academy who graciously allowed use of their facilities for the mission project.
Twenty-six seventh- and eighth-grade students worked as volunteers at Portland Rescue Mission doing a variety of tasks which included weeding, mowing and other maintenance tasks. The real highlight of the trip was meal service to over 270 homeless men and women at the downtown Portland location and the chapel service that followed. Students were responsible for welcoming diners into the dining room, serving each table restaurant style and keeping up conversation with the diverse individuals that were seated at their table. Following a lively dinner service, an enthusiastic student praise team led out a chapel with songs of praise, a brief message provided by Jim Boyd, a parent chaperone, and a time of prayer with several homeless men who had special requests.
As students were leaving the chapel, many of the men present clapped and added encouraging words which clearly left the students humbled and excited to see the results of the service. Seventh grade student Sevin Birdwell stated, “Helping the homeless was an amazing experience!” It was a time that the students will not soon forget in their journey toward a life of service in Christ.~ Matthew Bryant is the 7th and 8th grade teacher at the Milton Stateline School.