Chicago Mission Trip Day 2

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Saturday was a long hard day of getting things ready for the VBS program.  The day began before 6:00am.  We ate breakfast at Shilas Restaurant in the Portage Park neighborhood where the church is located.  The food was great as was the service.  But more importantly than how they treated us was how our team is learning to live intensely local (meaning, learning to be intentional about connecting with people in our relational sphere of influence for the intent of building a relationship, having spiritual conversations, sharing the good news about Christ and spending time together).  Our hope is to eat most mornings at Shilas and build a relationship with the owner and employees and start to see opportunities for having spiritual conversations.

Following breakfast we began unloading and setting up.  Some of our group walked around the neighborhood handing out fliers letting families know about the VBS.  Going door to door to talk to strangers was a stretch for some in our group, but they did it with a positive attitude.  The church was cooking food for the neighborhood and had rented a bounce house.  Several of us had the opportunity to greet and visit new people from the neighborhood and hclp COSC build local relationships.

After a long day of setting up and prepping, the church building is getting closer to being ready for the arrival of the children.

We had some great time together as a team and connecting with the youth and adults at Christ Our Savior Church (COSC) today.  It is a joy for me to see the youth connecting with others in our group and others from COSC.

We ended the day with a great Middle Eastern meal at Naf Naf Grill in Skokie and ice cream from a Filipino ice cream shop called Village Creamery.  It was a sweet ending to a sweet day.  Tired, but filled with joy at the opportunity to spend time with these amazing young men and women and see them serving the Lord together as a team.  Praise God!

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Chicago Mission Trip Day 1

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We made it!  It was a long day, but day one of the 2015 Chicago Mission Trip was a success.  We all made it safely down to Chicago as did our equipment.  We enjoyed a day together laughing and visiting and getting to know each other better as we work to become a unified team.

This morning we left Rice Lake around 8:45am and had lunch at Panera in the Madison area.  We arrived at our host homes and unloaded our luggage and then took a bus and then a train downtown Chicago for supper at the Taste of Chicago event.  It was a long day and a late night, but it seems the team had a fun day bonding today.  This is important work to help us be most effective in putting on the VBS program because being unified and growing to love one another is essential to a ministry like VBS.

Tomorrow (Saturday), we will have breakfast at a restaurant in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago where we will be doing the VBS.  We plan to eat breakfast each morning at Shilas in order to connect with the owners/employees as we work to intentionally build more bridges between our partner church (Christ Our Savior Church) and their local community.  After breakfast, we will canvas the neighborhood inviting children to the VBS program and help with an outreach event COSC is putting on.  In addition, we will be decorating and setting up for the VBS program.  Thanks for your prayers!

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