We had the opportunity to go to Mississauga, Ontario in Canada with a group of young adults from Seabreeze to partner with Dave Strobel and The Journey Church. Elliot reached out to us and asked if we would be interested in going on the trip, and it seemed like a great next step for us. Dave made an impact in both of our lives as the youth pastor at Seabreeze, and we were excited to see the Strobel family and all they are doing to serve God’s kingdom. This was our first mission trip and the longest we had been away from our toddler, so we were both excited and a little bit nervous as the day got closer.
Our team was able to serve Dave and The Journey Church by helping with a movie night for the End It Movement and volunteering at a Princess and Hero Party for the local children. These events were a way for Dave and our team to serve the community while building relationships and spreading awareness about The Journey Church.
Throughout the trip, we were inspired by Dave and Gina and how intentional they are in building relationships. It was great to see so many of the connections Dave has made over the past few years.
Dave provided us with some background information on Mississauga and how The Journey Church is trying to reach the community.
He also taught us a form of outreach called 1-2-1 RISE. The 1-2-1 stands for going one place, two times a week, and trying to meet one person. The RISE stands for Remembering the person’s name, Involving yourself in his life, Sharing your story, and Evangelizing. This is a practical thing we can apply back home. Seeing their example gave us a new perspective of how to love and value others.
Some of the activities we did in Canada pushed us out of our comfort zone. For example, we spent some time going door-to-door conducting a brief survey, including questions about religious background, to give Dave and The Journey Church info that could help them better serve the community. The moments that stretched us expanded our vision for trusting God in circumstances that are new or uncomfortable.
Overall, the trip was a great experience and we had such a fun time with the rest of the team. One evening we had some free time and were able to see Niagara Falls, which was beautiful! We were also able to try poutine, which is a delicious Canadian dish of french fries, gravy and cheese curds.
We would definitely do a trip like this again, and we are thankful we got to be a part of it.
– Written by Geoff & Nicolette Feltman