See You Next Year!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 19, 2019 in bounce
We concluded a great week of work in Victoria, TX! Everyone finished their projects and some even had the opportunity to build great relationships with their homeowners. We are so grateful for the ministry of our Worship Leader, Eric Martinez. He delivered the Word to us boldly with truth and grace. We praise God for his ministry and the gifts God has given him to engage with students. It has been a rewarding week ministering alongside Eric and these students.
While there was heartbreak with the loss of three of our student’s grandfather this week, we were overjoyed to have them stay...
Raise the Roof!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 18, 2019 in bounce
Bounce collegiate staff had the opportunity to visit and work at all four worksites this morning. It was so great to work alongside these awesome students. Some of our staffers used their first electric saw and nail gun, climbed atop their first roof, and helped with their first fence. Our junior high and high school students were great instructors today. They encouraged us through the heat of the day.
We got a lot of roofing and shingling completed for a shed and one of our resident’s houses. Putting on shingles is a humbling task. It takes a lot of patience and can go rather quickly but only if your...
Peace and Reflection
by Cecily McIlwain on July 17, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers made serious headway on their projects today. Fences are going up, walls are being painted, and roofs are being repaired. Some of our students will even be moving on to other work sites tomorrow. We are so proud of their work.
Tonight they concluded a wonderful night of worship themed around the Psalms of David. Students traveled through the highs and lows of David’s life and ministry. They had the opportunity to reflect on unity, rewrite Psalm 23, think about God’s mercy and restoration, and proclaim thanksgiving. Moments of reflection like this are so important. Silence and...
Great First Day in Victoria
by Cecily McIlwain on July 16, 2019 in bounce
Students got their day going with enthusiastic tunes and a delicious breakfast. It is always such a joy to spend the morning with students. Hearing their stories and affirming their dreams is one of the greatest joys for the Bounce team!
Bouncers came back to our lodging facility today a little stinky and full of great stories from an amazing first day. One group that spent most of the day working on a roof was also able to meet their homeowner. They were met by a man in a wheelchair (the homeowner) at their worksite who immediately expressed gratitude and asked to be prayed over by the team. We are so happy...
Student Disaster Recovery in Victoria!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 15, 2019 in bounce
We are excited for a new week of disaster recovery in Victoria, TX! Three churches (Faith Family Fellowship, Burton Hill Baptist Church, FBC Copperas Cove) will be joining us to repair homes and encourage communities with their acts of service this week.
Mission Coordinator, Carlos Montoya, and Construction Coordinator, Mark Haveman, and the Bounce collegiate staff have put in a lot of work to get everything in order for students to serve this week. We are appreciative of Northside Baptist Church in Victoria for hosting us this week and for Pastor Eric Martinez who is serving as our...
Goodbye Coastal Bend!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 13, 2019 in disaster recovery
Tonight wraps up an awesome week in the Coastal Bend! We had a great group of students who never gave up. They worked so hard this whole week and the community took note of their service. What great examples of Christ and His Kingdom. Love comes in many forms and this week students showed love through their sweat and positive attitudes.
We pray that these students (after some much needed rest) will start thinking about how they can “bounce back home” in their own communities. Their work this week will make a lasting impact in this community but how can their impact be replicated? Churches, challenge...
River Ministry Partnership
by Cecily McIlwain on July 11, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers assembled sixty-six hygiene kits for Texas Baptist’s River Ministry. These kits contain essentials like toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, and soap. The River Ministry gives these kits to families that participate in free health conferences and health clinics. They are also used in prison ministries along the border.
These gifts recognize the humanity in those who may be in need of resources and encouragement. It is hard to be away from home without resources, friends, community, and perhaps even a language barrier. Praise God that all are welcome to draw near to Him. Bouncer’s simple act of...
by Cecily McIlwain on July 10, 2019 in bounce
Tonight marks the end of a rewarding second day in Coastal Bend. Bouncers never wavered for a moment today. Some of our teams have been able to move onto new sites and/ start new projects at their locations. The tenacity of these students to do their jobs well has is unbelievable.
We have seen students face many challenges pushing through hot days, serving at locations with no water or electricity, wading through mounds of trash and dirt to clean up a home, getting on top of roofs, etc. Through it all, they are determined to get the job done. We seldom (if ever) hear a complaint from...
Go Time in Coastal Bend
by Cecily McIlwain on July 9, 2019 in bounce
We are proud of all our teams and the relationships they are building with the Lord, each other, and the homeowners they are serving. ...
Bouncers Assemble in Portland Texas!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 8, 2019 in bounce
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 ...