Service Squad 2019 – Monday

by Allison Kunz

Categories: Mission, Youth Ministry

Today we kicked off Service Squad 2019 with 34 fifth and sixth grade campers and 7 leaders! We’re in for a great week of service and learning within our local community. We started by introducing our Service Squad theme verse, “We love because God first loved us.” (1 John 4:11). This verse sets the foundation for why we are spending a week of our summer to serve and to learn!

For our love action today, the entire Service Squad visited Las Trampas, an organization which provides daily enrichment programs for close to 70 adults with disabilities. While there, our campers paired up with Las Trampas clients and participated in activities together including a game of BINGO, art, and making blankets for the Children’s Hospital. We had planned to rotate between these activities, but it turned out to be best for the clients to stay at the same activity for the whole time, so that’s what we did. Due to the excessive heat, we decided with LT staff to forego our weeding project and instead we learned about the history of the organization. We learned that Las Trampas was founded in 1958 at a time when children and adults with special needs were often sent far away from their families to live at special hospitals. Las Trampas provided an alternative day program so that adults with special needs could stay at home with their families or live together in smaller homes nearby their families. Many of the clients today participate in daily local field trips and some work at local businesses or work right for the Las Trampas paper shredding business.

We returned to our home base to get refreshed with some snacks and talk about what we experienced with a visit from Lauren Gully, LOPC’s Pastor of Missions. Our experience today was definitely hard; it was uncomfortable to be in a new situation and to not know how to interact with some of the clients, particularly those who are non-verbal. We were so proud of our campers persistence and creativity as they worked to discover new ways to communicate, interact, and show love. Great work, campers! We can’t wait to see what’s in store the rest of the week.