#SoElgin2015

With 31 teenagers and 7 leaders, our Youth Group OnMission team served the South Elgin community. 

Highlights:

  • We rebuilt and landscaped a whole new playground area and weeded all the gardens.
  • We painted the church entry way and repainted the church sign.
  • We led neighborhood kids through a Day Camp in a local park with five new families. (Surprisingly, for our first day, no kids showed up. We took this opportunity to stop and pray asking God what He wanted us to do next. It was clear from the teens responses that God was leading us to still bring Day Camp to this community. So we split up to run more fliers, prayed, and set up at a local park where kids saw us and joined in.)
  • Our students learned what it means to trust God in real time, and how easy it is to do great things this close to home.

Students: Jake B., Stephanie B., Noah B., Andrew B., Jennifer B., Kayla C., Eric D., Paul D., Bella D., Trinity F., Matthew F., Mark F., Jeremy H., Michelle H., Luke J., Lacey J., Claire L., Heather M., Madeline O., Sebastian O., Grace P., Graham P., Jeremy P., Anthony R., Joshua R., Taylor S., Clarissa S., Joshua S., Emily T., Joshua V., Tim W. Leaders: Nate & Anna Kugel, Danny Muñoz, Ed & Mary O., Sara G., Jocelyn F

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  1. Found them! (First one is from Monday and the next was from Wednesday.
    Hello OnMission Team!
    Been praying for each and every one of you!:) Although things may be going differently than planned, know that God is in control. HE is not surprised. He has brought you together. Trust in Him. May His Holy Spirit fill you with His love and hope so that as His team, you are willing to do whatever He presents! Hold onto His promise: And we know that in all things God works for good for those who love Him, those who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 The Lord your God is with you! (Hugs to all).

    Posted by Kim Bagley 2 days, 22 hours ago.
    Hello all!
    As I was praying for you and reflecting on your OnMission trip last night, these thoughts came to mind…The world looks at “success” outwardly (how big and spectacular something is or how much attention the world gives it). God looks at your heart. Psalm 147:11 says, “The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their trust in His unfailing love.” “His” success is your heart and mind turned to Him…seeking Him, praising Him, loving Him, trusting Him. Of course, His plan is to draw all to Himself, but perhaps His agenda this week is to reach YOU. To draw each and every one of you closer to Him as you learn to continually seek His face–trusting in His plans for each of your days. Something to reflect on…
    Posted by Kim Bagley 19 hours, 34 minutes ago.

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    • Thank you so much Kim!!!

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  2. How wonderful to read about how God has moved in your experience this week! Been praying for you all! 🙂 I left 2 blogs earlier this week for you all (did you see them?). I will try to find them to resubmit in this site!
    Love to all. Looking forward to your return today!

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  3. If I have one thing to say about this trip is it was humbling. On the first day of day camp no one came. I thought there were going to be so many people, but there were not. Even though the mesquetos were super annoying all of the work we did was good work. It wasn’t for our glory it was to expand the kingdom of god. This trip was amazing.

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  4. This trip has taught so many things in such a short amount of time, and these people have left such a strong impact on me in just a matter of days. Coming out of this trip I’ve made some friends that I know will last a lifetime. Seeing the support, and the love that runs through this group of people is so encouraging to me, and the fellowship within this youth group alone makes me feel closer to God. Here, I have felt a love and a closeness that I don’t think I could find the words to explain. As the week has gone by, I’ve also learned some major things about God, such as how vital it is to wait for his answers when things don’t go as planned, and just stopping and listening once in a while. That’s just one example of the many ways I have been impacted by this trip. I can’t wait for the next one! Even through all the hard work and sweat we put into these mission trips, It is 100% worth it.

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  5. Theres a lot of things that happened on this trip, like not having kids for day camp and at the end of the week having 4 kids come. Digging in the dirt and getting full of it, weeding around the church, the bonfires, but there’s one thing that I will always remember and that the bond that was created this week between all the girls. All the inside jokes we made, all the laughter we had, and just getting to know each other even better than we did before. I feel God pulled us closer to each other. I really going to miss this trip.

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  6. This trip has been good because he were able to help the communtity by helping them build a new park for them as well as we can. I would want to do a trip like this again sometime because I want to be able to help the community again. And I thought it was good that everyone was working as a team. And I thought it was cool how people skipped lunch and worked later than they had to just to get more work done. This would be a type of trip that I would do again.

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  7. This trip was such a great expirence. I loved when we had worship time the most because we just got to sit down and relax and praise God. Im really happy that I came on this trip because I learned alot about how great the power of God is.

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  8. GOD IS SO GOOD. This trip has been so amazing. It is obvious that the turn out was not great on the first day, but surprisingly none of us got discouraged by that. Instead, we all came together to pray and Ask the Lord (ATL) what to do next. We decided to go set up a party in the park type thing. We have done that this whole week, Tuesday 1 kid, yesterday 4 kids. Our work projects went so well. All of us worked so hard to accomplish things everyday and because of that we almost have finished the park, finished the church sign, and painted upstairs. Everything that seemed to go wrong this week was a blessing in disguise because in my mind things could have not gone any better. We were able to build strong friendships with each other, have fun and much laughter, but most importantly help this church and the community.

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  9. This trip was nothing like how I expected it to be. But that’s the beauty of it, life isn’t always going to be this pre-packaged deal, this expected experience. I learned a lot about myself and others and God this week and really felt our group mature despite any setbacks, discouragement, or sickness. When you live life day to day, you learn not to take things for granted and to enter each day completely trusting that whatever happens, it’s all in the intracate plan of God. We celebrated every little victory—each kid that came, each day of work…and what was so uplifting was that everyone was also there for each other through the difficult times too, when we were exhausted or hurting or just needing a hug. I loved intensely worshiping, truly serving, and simply living amongst this group of teens and leaders and I will miss everyone so much as my time in the youth group comes to a close. Love y’all. 🙂 xoxo

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  10. As you know, this trip did not go as planned. I am really happy that it went the way it did, though. I feel that without the struggles experienced on this trip, we wouldn’t have trusted an relied on God in the same way. I have loved getting to know each and every person a little bit better, and I am glad to be able to call them my friend. While I am sad that this is truly my last hoorah with the Bloomingdale Church youth group, I know that I was able to learn and grow and help others do the same in my time here. This whole year as a Senior leader in the group has helped me grow as a person in so many ways, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity.

    In summary: The trip rocked, thanks.

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  11. This trip was amazing. I learned so much! We got to work on a playground, had a ton of fun, and I got to have a glow stick fight. #Chineseflag.

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  12. It happened… Soo Good
    #MotherRussia

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  13. During this trip I learned alot about God and about his love. I grew in my relationship with so much. Everyone that came on the trip worked really hard and we got most of the stuff done.

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  14. So here we are, at the end of the week. There were ups and downs, times when I doubted God. But now, after I reflected, God showed Himself through all of the struggles. No kids at Day Camp on the first day, one kid the next day. The day after that, four kids came. How great is our God that He would bring children to our humble Day Camp. Even though four is a small number, we were still able to put on a small version of Party in the Park. The kids loved it! So, altogether, God showed us His love and mercy through this week.

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  15. During this trip I learned a lot about Jesus and my fellow peers. We all worked as hard as we could and learned a few things along the way. Even though at the end of the day everyone was tired and in pain, we still managed to still have a good time. These are memories that will be with me forever.

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  16. This week was great???? Ilearned to full trust God in important dections???? thank????????

    Sincerely,
    Jake Bagley

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    • The question marks were suppose to be emoji s.

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  17. I think that this missions trip was one of the most productive and the missions trip that i got the most out of…yet. 🙂 I learned much; learning how to have many friends and how to rely on god better (Flexibility). With these i know that these skills will help me in future mission trips to come. 🙂

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  18. So I didn’t exactly know what i was going to get from this, but naturally expected it to be as close to Bdale Church’s as possible. Wow was that blown, and i expected everyone’s high spirits to deflate, but they didn’t. they got higher, and that encouraged me. I love it and learned that as soon as something bad happens, God is the first being to be there with you, and you need to ask him to help you because we KNOW he can.

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  19. I have enjoied this trip so much because of all i have learned. Whether it was getting better friendships, or listening to the ,leader preaching in the evening on 2 corinthians, this trip has been a blast. Although i did not do to much in the day camp, i think will make a lasting diffrence for the people that will come into the church and think that this place looks safe and welcoming.
    That will conclude my message.

    Graham Paisley

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  20. This week was very exciting for what seemed to be every body. I was able to talk to different people that I normally would not. I was eating real food unlike at school or camp, and after breakfast lunch or dinner there was abundance of free time to talk and relax.

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  21. I had fun on this mission trip, and it helped the community a lot. All the people here that saw us on the first day were probably skeptical about what we were doing. But some weren’t shy and just came right on up to us. We didnt get as many people to come as I thought we would, but thats what some of us expected. This is the last day and I only wish we could spend another day here.

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  22. DJ I Can’t Feel My Face here. My knee is mostly healed up, and luckily it hasn’t hindered me from doing my work here. We had some good times, but then Matt, Bella, and I got stuck painting is a very small room together for 3 hours. We kinda went insane. We started singing in Russian Accents and talking in the same Russian Accents for the three hours. Now we can’t stop speaking in Russian Accents. So for the Motherland I guess. Anyway I believe we have done well here and I think we have formed bonds stronger than steel. It’s funny how working together as a Youth Group makes us better friends, and forms bonds that never would have in regular Coffee House. Anyway, this has been DJ I Can’t Feel My Face signing off.

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  23. Thinking of you all as your trip is winding down. Love to read all of your posts. Sounds like it’s been a challenging but rewarding week. Looking forward to you coming home tomorrow. 🙂

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  24. Hey Team. I am excited to hear about how things are playing out for y’all. Yes it’s a total bummer that there were no kids for Day Camp on Monday. And yet, I am so proud of you in how you are learning a critically important lesson: Asking God what He wants you to do.

    Back in the day, I was a part of an onMission trip to Denver in which God “helped” me learn this lesson in a big way. As you may now, I like to have a plan. But that week, there was no plan except to keep asking the Lord what we were supposed to do next. (Here’s a little lingo for you: ATL – “Ask The Lord”). It was really difficult for me.

    A Bible story in our devo book that week has stuck with my memory. It’s the story of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:1-24)…
    “Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.”

    My challenge: Learn to be like Jehoshaphat: When things seem to be against you, stop and seek the Lord!

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  25. So today I was abruptly woken up by this very rude train at about 6:15 am. But I played in mud and with bugs all day. Great right? Ya its a little out of my character but it was kinnda awesome. Sadly no kids came to day camp 🙁 but we had a mad prayer sesh that ended in a spontaneous song and it rocked! So ya today rocked.

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  26. Did anyone mention the grease fire? Anyway-wait Bella just hit a chair and it was really funny-anyway last night was great until the trains passed by and woke me up. This morning we had a lack of dairy product but then it turned out okay cause there was coffee. I went on trip looking for kids and became DJ I Can’t Feel My Face. Then I sat in a Kindergarten chair during lunch. I mopped the floor after a mysterious mud culprit dragged mud through a window and over the floor we had just mopped. I then fell and hit my knee on the stairs and then got eaten alive by mosquitoes. All in all it was a great day. My knee still kinda hurts though. Oh and Tim and Payton went HAM on some windows. They so clean I didn’t even know there were windows. DJ I Can’t Feel My Face out, peace.

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  27. Today was supposed to be our first day of Day Camp. But, nobody showed up. At first some people were a little sad, but then we all started to recognize that God must have a reason. We all prayed for kids to show up the next day. Since nobody showed up, instead of doing Day Camp activities, we went to work on our projects. One group went and dug up/moved the play ground, and so far we are about a third of the way done. Another group pulled the weeds, and the last group cleaned up the inside of the church. The plants look great now, and the inside is all cleaned up. We are all hoping that we can accomplish what God has sent us hear to do, have a fun time, and spread the word about Christ.

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  28. Hey everybody its Matt/Mattster/Baconlovar whatever you like to call me… today was my first day of day camp ever and it included marketing, and digging dirt, doesnt seem very exciting when u put it like that but i feel like thats what God has called me to do and im excited for the tasks i have to do next

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  29. So today we didn’t have any kids for Day Camp, but we grouped up together and prayed about what we were going to do for the rest of the day. After praying for about 10 minutes we finally decided that we would set up a party in the park sorta thing, as a way to get into the community more and also try and invite people that might walk by. Funny enough, we didn’t actually find a park until we didn’t have very much time left, but during our long search for a park, we asked this lady with her child if she could give us directions to the park that we were looking for. Danny actually asked her to bring her daughter tomorrow to day camp. From this time, I really learned that when i don’t know what to do, I just need to pray to God, and ask him what to do. After lunch, we split up into our different work groups across the church, and really worked our heart out cleaning the church, digging out grass, and cutting the weeds on the side of the church. Well today I think we all made strides in our personal journey, and all have learned something from today’s troubles.

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  30. The sun will come out tomorrow…. This song comes to mind when I have thought about you all today. Hope it was an awesome day today and that a lot of kids showed up.
    Thinking of you all (kids and leaders)
    Denise Tate

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  31. I am praying as you pour out your hearts to the Lord for spiritual fruit. It is such a reminder that without Christ we can accomplish nothing of spiritual value. Lifting you up!

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  32. Welcome to the South Elgin 2015 blog. A space for students to share their experience and other’s to encourage them along the way. Blog on!

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