This week we are on mission in Austin, Texas. In partnership with LeaderTreks, we are serving various ministries each day and stretching our Middle Schoolers even more than before.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
When I think about living a life on mission, I am reminded of one of my lifelong verses. Psalm 91:2 speaks of protection and security, no matter what is heading our way. It seems that this past year sent curve balls our way with a pandemic, a shut down, questioning how to come back and gather in a healthy way, and even questions whether life itself would get “back to normal.” It is interesting how subtracting certain things from your life can reveal what really are true additions to you personally. Many of us gathered in our homes as safe places with friends and family that we trusted. It became our “fortress” or “refuge” away from the outside fears. Much like our physical homes and places of safety, the Lord is a strong tower of refuge as well. His ways and His mighty hand protect us as we navigate unknown waters and fight whatever comes our way. The very fact that we must find a heart to Trust God reminds us that in Him, we cannot be shaken. Pray for our Middle Schooler to learn to TRUST GOD in the same way. Whatever the task, He calls us to Him as a protection and a refuge.
THE FOOD TRUCK IS COMING!!!
We know you love it. We know you are looking for a reason… THIS IS THE REASON!!!
The Chick-fil-A Food Trailer is headed to Oakwood Church, Wednesday, April 21! Pre-order at the link below and join us at the Oakwood parking lot anytime between 6-8 pm. Drive-thru and grab dinner for your family and proceeds from your purchase will go to Oakwood Youth Ministry!
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Swing by the Chick-Fil-A Food Truck 6-8pm on Wednesday, April 21 and grab your food in the Oakwood Parking Lot.
Keep Austin Weird. The City of Austin’s motto is lived out through its artistic culture and love of food trucks. But with any rapidly growing big city, there are also underserved neighborhoods. Through our local partnerships, students will learn how the church is responding to these needs in very real ways. Your team will serve in a variety of local ministries, ranging from a food pantry to a rescue mission. Students will also get the opportunity to explore Austin during our Mission Race and they’ll hike local outdoor adventure spots.
Why so close to home?
We understand that the location is not too far away. Given the current circumstances and the freedom to plan a trip, Austin seems to be a great match. Our heart at the Oakwood Student Ministry is to discover new ministry opportunities that might arise from this trip.
Through our various partnerships, students will gain insight into what ministry in an urban environment really looks like. Opportunities include: soup kitchen, working at a neighborhood outreach center, and more.
Students will have the opportunity to explore downtown Austin during the Mission Race, explore local parks and conservatories, and go hiking.
Weather: Summers are hot and temperatures frequently average 90°F.
Transportation: Rental Vans
First Aid: Most LeaderTreks staff are First Aid and CPR certified. Please bring your own team first aid kit.
Day 1: (Sunday) Arrive at site by 4pm- Settle in
Day 2: (Monday) Serve with local community ministry
Day 3: (Tuesday) Serve with local community ministry
Day 4: (Wednesday) Mission Race
Day 5: (Thursday) Serve with local community ministry
Day 6: (Friday) Outdoor Adventure Day
Day 7: (Saturday) Departure (by 8am)