PARKSIDE CHURCH MINISTRIES
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Parkside Church Team
February 22 through March 1, 2019, fourteen (14) short-term missionaries from the Auburn Parkside Church, Sacramento Southport Church, Life Pointe Church, and the Redwood City Crossroads church lived and worked in Dangriga, Belize. Taking a break from the freezing Northern California weather, they encountered temperatures in the high 80’s and 90% humidity.
The purpose was two fold: WORK and WITNESS. They worked to build the foundation layer of what will become the Bright Start Christian Preschool in Dangriga Belize— a part of the Church of the Nazarene’s educational outreach. Steel was tied, blocks were laid, forms were made, concrete was poured, and bridges were built, both literally and figuratively.
The team ministered in the Sunday service, with Pastor Dan Elliott bringing a message—The Greatest Love Story of All Time. At the local pastor’s request, team members from four different churches pulled together a worship team and lead in traditional worship songs. The service included a Baby Dedication lead by Pastor Kannan (the local pastor) and Parkside’s Pastor Michele Dickerson. The service ended with a prayer time with many making a commitment for renewed devotion to being Disciples of Christ and showing Christ’s love to others wherever they went.
Pastor Mike Finley, from the Sacramento Southport church lead a service of marriage enrichment but calling it ‘relationship enrichment’ for none of the participants were actually married. Parkside’s Pastor Michele Dickerson lead a Bible study, sharing her testimony and teaching from the Gospel of John, Chapter 10. Pastor Michele, Sky and Mac Lujan, Hannah Vaughan and others did sports and fun outreach in the park for children’s and teens. Sacramento Southport’s EiDee Finley, and Parkside’s Ora Gregory worked in a sewing ministry outreach to the community, teaching people to sew as a means to making a living.
The gospel was taught along with sewing. Parkside’s Betty Elliott, and others prepared team lunches every day. The week was exhausting, productive, and an experience of relationship building that all team members plan to sustain through future trips to complete the project.