The Mission team is comprised of many members who are busy throughout the year working with the congregation on several local mission projects. One of our main missions is the Backpack Buddies Program which Jim and Louise Anderson coordinate throughout the year. People help pack and deliver the food to the schools a couple of times per month. The end of last year we were serving about 80 children per week, and this year we are serving 100 children per week. The schools we support are Lot Whitcomb, View Acres, and Oak Hills’ Head Start Program. The food that we pack for these children help give them the extra food and nutrition they need for each weekend of the school year. A fifth grade teacher told us, “Thank you for bringing Backpack Buddies to our school. It makes a difference. It really makes a difference for the children.”
Jay Knauss coordinates the quarterly Red Cross Blood Drive at Oak Hills. Jim Anderson leads the monthly Prayer Walk where Jim and others walk and pray for neighbors in the Oak Hills’ neighborhood. Last spring Sylvia Totzke worked with North Clackamas School District to have an evening ESL class in the summer. Barbara Spisla coordinated Oak Hills’ volunteers who were teacher’s assistants, daycare helpers and food donators.
As a result of fire last summer at the Clackamas Service Center, we could not serve our traditional Christmas dinner. Norm Smith, Cathy Searles, Pastor Jeremy Sanderson and Abby Sanderson served the community a hot meal from a food cart, and they ate their meal in a tent on a cold, windy night. The people were so gracious and thankful for the hot meal!
The church received an anonymous donation last year, and $4,000 was dedicated to Missions to donate to organizations outside of our church. After praying and discerning, we decided to share $1,000 to each of these: Thiessen Roadhouse Ministries, Iglesia Shalom Youth programs, MALICO—an Ethiopian solar project, and LaHash Servant Team Ministry.
Through Missions, the church also contributes to Portland Rescue Mission, King’s Cupboard, Love INC, Shepherd’s Door, and Medical Teams International. The church continues to support Wycliffe Bible Translators’ missionaries, John and Jody Wilson and Ken and Kim Rasmussen.