That's A Wrap!
by Cecily McIlwain on June 21, 2019 in bounce
Seeing the value of helping people get back into their homes brings the everyday work of the Gospel into a new realm of understanding...
Jesus Has Thrown the Whole World Off Balance
by Cecily McIlwain on June 20, 2019 in bounce
After a long, eventful day I often think about Flannery O’Connor’s famous villain, The Misfit, from “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” At the end of the story he has a famous line, “Jesus thrown everything off balance.” The Misfit is a nihilist who couldn’t believe in a God he couldn’t see but acknowledged that whether He was who he said he was or not…the world has been thrown into something new and bewildering because of Him.
Bouncers encapsulate the heart of the dismantling of the world as we know it. Hurricane Harvey has brought so much destruction. Life never slows down after...
Taste and See
by Cecily McIlwain on June 19, 2019 in bounce
Though it has been two years since Harvey touched landfall there is still so much devastation. Students from FBC Kingwood and Parkside Baptist in Denison continued work at Bobby Beach Park today. The flooding to the area has rotted the wood in the sheds and damaged the baseball field. Lack of resources made it difficult for the community to repair the park. As a result, it was left to be overgrown with weeds and filled with trash. I was able to talk to Ethan, an incoming 8th-grade student at FBC Kingwood, while we worked on removing vines from the fences. Ethan was excited about the opportunities he has to...
It's GO TIME
by Cecily McIlwain on June 18, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers wrapped up a long and hard first day of work! Students came back from their worksites with transformational testimonies. Allen Heights Baptist Church (pictured above) was able to move an elderly couple back into their home for the first time since Harvey. The resident admitted that this would be his first time sleeping in his bed in two years. What a wonderful gift! Each and every student stepped outside of their comfort zone to do something great for the Kingdom.
The challenge this week is to step out into boldness. Tonight students gave sacrificially for the...
Bouncers Dock in Galveston, TX
by Cecily McIlwain on June 17, 2019 in bounce
This week 260 students from 10 Texas churches will serve communities all over Galveston in an effort to help families on this island town recover from hurricane Harvey. Participating churches include Acton Baptist Church, Allen Heights Baptist Church, FBC Fairfield, FBC Porter, Kingwood FBC, North Park FBC, Parkside Baptist Church, Southeast Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church, FBC La Vernia. We are so excited to serve with them this week.
Leadership this week includes Mission Coordinator Shawn Edwards, Construction Coordinator Mark Haveman, Worship Speaker Brian Pearce, and our wonderful...
Do it Again
by Cecily McIlwain on June 15, 2019 in bounce
We have concluded a wonderful week of disaster recovery in Houston! Nearly 100 students from six churches finished over 13 projects. Students were challenged to Bounce back home. If we really believe that the work we did this week was and is God inspired then it is impossible to just walk away. Bouncers displayed an amazing love for God and God’s people this week. The Bounce team has enjoyed working with and learning from the student’s love and work ethic.
Worship speaker, Nick Cooper, gave students necessary tools to continue growing closer to God through the study of Scripture. The table of contents...
A Glimpse of Heaven
by Cecily McIlwain on June 14, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers had the privilege of experiencing a glimpse of heaven this week as the Church came together to be the fullest expression of God’s boundless love and grace...
by Cecily McIlwain on June 12, 2019 in bounce
Breakfast at Bounce is much like breakfast at home. It is a great time to catch up with the family and plan out the day together. This morning I got to hang out with some ladies from First Baptist Kilgore. Eleventh-grade student, Maci Hatcher, was excited to get back to her work site at the trailer park this morning – after her morning cup of tea of course. She was able to spend time with a little girl in the community named Genesis. Maci explained she is grateful for her previous mission experience last summer in Honduras. There she was able to practice her Spanish language skills with children in Honduran communities. The...
Bouncers to the Rescue!
by Cecily McIlwain on June 11, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers gave a total of $326.36 toward hurricane Harvey rehabilitation. Each dollar was a sacrificial gift and affirmation of their servant-leader hearts. They really are heroes! ...
by Cecily McIlwain on June 10, 2019 in bounce
Our Bouncers have arrived and we couldn’t be happier. They survived long bus rides and scorching temperatures but they have made it nonetheless. Bouncers are revved up and excited to get to work tomorrow morning. Bouncers will be split into nine different teams covering the entire Houston area from North Houston to Baytown.
The entire Gulf Coast region of Texas experienced severe flooding and damage from wind. This week’s teams will spend their time removing and repairing fences, repainting the outside of buildings, and clearing debris. They have a long, hard week ahead of them but they are filled with purpose...