“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.” -Mark 12:30-31
All summer we challenged ourselves to love God and love our neighbors. This week, our Middle School Young Believers are loving God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. And loving their neighbors in Wapato at Campbell Farm for our summer mission trip. Please pray for Stephen Jansons, our Youth Director, Camille and Becca, our summer Interns, and all the kids as they service God on our behalf.
I love the Campbell Farm. I was born just down the road at the hospital in Toppenish. My father spent a good deal of his early years in Wapato and served at the First Presbyterian Church there when I was a tiny baby. My mother was the third generation of her family living and farming on the Yakama Indian Reservation. It is a second home to me. There is great beauty and great struggle in that place. Young people are at incredible risk to fall into addiction and gang violence. Native and immigrant families face poverty and despair caring for their children. The Campbell Farm provides needed guidance to those children. They feed them physically, mentally and emotionally at the Farm. Our Mission Team will spend the week serving on the Farm in the community. They will feed people at the Union Gospel Mission, share with North West Harvest Food Bank, serve at a local family home, and provide a VBS day for the local children in the Campbell Farm Program. They will see God’s hand and know God’s presence. They will love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength as they love their neighbors.
The picture above is from a Campbell Farm Mission trip I led in 2010 with my congregation in Kelso. I’m carrying a 50 pound bag of potatoes: loving God with all my strength! Please join me in praying for our kids this week. Please also pray for the children and families in that community.
Holy God, you call us to love you with all we are, and we bless our youth mission team as they do that this week. Keep them safe and healthy. Give us eyes to see the needs around us, hearts of compassion to meet those needs, and hands of mercy to reach out in love. Help us to be your hands and feet in the world, extending love and grace to others. Thank you for the gift it is to serve you, near to home and far away. Bless the ministry of the Campbell Farm. May that place be one where transformation and restoration occurs. Amen.
For more information on The Campbell Farm, please visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/The-Campbell-Farm-166841460707/