Over 150 students and leaders spend Spring Break restoring communities in Waco
by Meredith Rose on March 24, 2020 in news
During the second week of March, 168 middle school and high school students and group leaders from eight churches across Texas served in Waco, TX, through BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery...
Final Day of Church Planting in Dallas
by Cecily McIlwain on July 27, 2019 in bounce
Today wraps up our last day of church planting in Dallas. We were honored to partner with amazing local church planters in Dallas and students from FBC El Paso. This week has been so meaningful to Bouncers as they have had the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones and press into God’s faithfulness.
Sermons this summer have focused on heroes of the Bible. Pastor Tom Howe has encouraged students this week to be courageous because we are all heroes. Young people are not lesser for their youth. Many worship speakers this summer have highlighted the power of young people in the...
Church and Doughnuts
by Cecily McIlwain on July 26, 2019 in bounce
One of our largest groups this week is partnered with West End Church led by David Miranda. They have participated in a variety of different church planting projects this week. Their projects have included eating with the homeless, planting flowers in the city, playing with children at the local school gym, and painting at the school. They were able to have gospel conversations in both Spanish and English.
Students Colbie Cornell, Alex Kelly, and Dominic Lara shared about their experience during worship today. Dominic was especially moved by the location of the church. West End Church meets outside a doughnut shop (a popular spot...
The Kingdom of Heaven Meets the Animal Kingdom
by Cecily McIlwain on July 25, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers descended upon Dallas today for another great day of church planting. Interestingly, one group of students with Kingdom Church spent the better part of their day at the Dallas Zoo! I could never imagine doing ministry at a zoo but that is what this group did and they certainly made a day of it.
Students began their day at the zoo by talking with people they encountered. They then passed out flyers about the church to families they encountered. The day at the zoo finished with Bouncers walking around the zoo and ministering to a group of children from a local recreation center. They are continuing...
Church Planting Day One in Dallas
by Cecily McIlwain on July 24, 2019 in bounce
Alyssa, an incoming high school student, said that she is looking forward to sharing the gospel with kids and helping them further their faith this week during back-yard Bible clubs. We are so thankful for these student’s positive attitudes and willingness to serve in any capacity that furthers Christ’s Kingdom...
First Bounce Church Planting Mission in Dallas, TX!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 23, 2019 in bounce
The Bounce team is happy to welcome First Baptist Church El Paso to Duncanville, TX for our first ever Bounce Church Planting missions experience! We are thankful for our lodging facility, Duncanville’s First Baptist Church, and the accommodations they have made for us.
Our church planters this week include Ernest Yancy at Blueprint International Sanctuary in Arlington, TX, Chris Walker at Kingdom Church in Mesquite, TX, Salvador Rivas at Healing Hands Community Church in Dallas, TX, and David Miranda at West End Church in Dallas, TX. Students will be able to participate in a wide variety...
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 team...
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 calm...
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...