COST: $275.00 per participant. Cost includes all learning environment materials, food, housing, staffing, and BridgeTown t-shirt.
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*Please note the following schedule/activities are subject to change at the discretion of BridgeTown Inc. staff.
Students arrive Tuesday evening.
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
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.
Scavenger Hunts: Students become familiar with Portland’s history and culture through this activity of discovery. It is through thorough understanding and knowledge of our environment that we can better love the people who live within it.
Urban Plunge Details of this event are revealed upon the day.
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.
Night Strike: Students participate in BridgeTown Inc.’s NightStrike where participants have the opportunity to cultivate understanding, passion, and love for people through service and engagement with Portland’s homeless. Taking place under the Burnside Bridge, students serve dinner, wash feet, hand out basic necessities, cut hair, and participate in conversation with guests.
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 apply 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.). Youth learn that compassionate actions aren’t necessarily grandiose in size, but that even small acts can have a huge impact.
Love Feast: To cultivate and encourage love for others, students invite honored guests (the homeless and hungry) to an elaborate “invitation only” dinner. Students create and hand out invitations to whomever they choose to invite; they dine and engage with their guests over the meal while leaders serve.
BTown Kids Students participate in BridgeTown Inc.’s BTown Kids program helping Portland’s diverse group of inner city kids feel loved and encouraged.
Week Recap Students are engaged in an open discussion going back over the week’s experiences and applying them where they live. Groups are reminded they have a choice to come and learn; upon returning home, how they choose to live will illustrate how they’ve chosen to respond to what they’ve learned. Students are encouraged to understand that they have within them the power to change their own environments.