(Elements vary but include some of the following)
REAL. LIFE. Exhibit: Students travel to Medical Teams International to view the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit to learn what it means to be aware and compassionate on both the local and global levels. The exhibit focuses on concepts such as poverty, disaster and conflict, and groups learn the importance of attaching action to compassion.
Service Project: Students explore compassion through action by engaging in service projects around town. Projects include activities like graffiti removal or basic maintenance at BTown Kids apartment complexes (sweeping doorways, painting red curbs, etc.). We may also partner with other non profits doing amazing things in the community. Youth learn that compassionate actions aren’t necessarily grandiose in size, but that even small acts can have a huge impact.
Walk Abouts: Students travel to outlying areas within the city core to seek understanding and renewed perception through relationship. Groups take basic items such as food, coffee, and socks to those living on the streets and are encouraged to learn the names and stories of the people they meet.
Prayer walks (Optional for non-faith groups): Students begin to build passion for the city and its people by learning to see through the eyes of Faith. Groups participate in focused, active prayer through the streets of Portland and praying over the city and those who live here.
Love Feast. Our Love Feasts are designed to tell a new story to a few very honored guests. Students will set the table and the culture that tells our guests that they matter. Once the room is set, students will go out to invite only a very select few to join them for a full meal. This is when stories are exchanged and where the richest of conversations mark the student’s experience.
Adult & Teen Challenge peek-in. Students participating in the 12 month discipleship program at Teen Challenge are scheduled to tell their stories and answer questions relating to this culture and addiction, the power of a changed life, and how forgiveness and healing is possible. It is a wonderful two-way street of encouragement for both the TTrip participants and the Teen Challenge students.