During the week of March 22-26, T2C2 partnered with the University of Texas–Arlington Lutheran Student Center to host a mission team of college students from the University of Wisconsin.
They were led by their campus pastor, Rev. Dan Anderson, a seminary classmate of T2C2 Director Rev. Chris Holder. Here is summary of their week of service in the DFW area.
Greetings from Calvary Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. During spring break we took a trip to Dallas to serve side by side with Pastor Chris Holder and T2C2 ministries. We were blessed to serve with some amazing people and enjoyed some delicious food along the way.
Wednesday we arrived in Dallas, had our first encounter with Whataburger and headed to Marsh Middle School to assist Holy Cross–Dallas with an after-school program. We were warmly welcomed by children who had no idea where Wisconsin is and were so thankful that we had made the trip to be with them. This was easily the high for some of us during the week. Following the after-school program we helped with ESL groups at Holy Cross and Bethel-Dallas, teaching a lesson from Matt. 11:28 – “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
Thursday we went site seeing in Dallas and enjoyed some delicious Texas barbecue. The rest of our day was spent serving in the community by handing out flyers for some events at Faith–Grand Prairie, setting up for a garage sale at Bethel, and helping with an ESL event at Our Redeemer–Irving.
Friday we ventured over to volunteer at North Dallas Shared Ministries. If you haven’t heard about them, I would highly recommend going over there and talking to Judy Rorrie. She is one of the nicest ladies (she’s from Wisconsin) and they are doing some truly amazing things over there. From a food bank to a full-blown dentist office, they are doing so much to help low-income families in North Dallas. In the evening we helped prepare a Biryani dinner at the UTA Lutheran Student Center and taught them some Christian songs.
Saturday we served Faith with their community outreach by helping them run a soccer camp and spent the evening site-seeing at the Stockyards in Fort Worth.
Sunday was our last day in the Dallas area. We worshiped in English at Faith and Spanish at Our Redeemer, had some Texas chili and then headed back to Wisconsin, exhausted from our incredible week of service with T2C2.
We would like to thank the members of Holy Cross, Bethel, Our Redeemer and Faith for being so welcoming and working alongside us to serve the Lord. We would also like to send out a huge thank you to Pastor Naveen Nischal and the Lutheran Student Center at UTA for housing us for the week.