That's A Wrap!
by Cecily McIlwain on June 21, 2019 in bounce
Seeing the value of helping people get back into their homes brings the everyday work of the Gospel into a new realm of understanding...
Jesus Has Thrown the Whole World Off Balance
by Cecily McIlwain on June 20, 2019 in bounce
After a long, eventful day I often think about Flannery O’Connor’s famous villain, The Misfit, from “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” At the end of the story he has a famous line, “Jesus thrown everything off balance.” The Misfit is a nihilist who couldn’t believe in a God he couldn’t see but acknowledged that whether He was who he said he was or not…the world has been thrown into something new and bewildering because of Him.
Bouncers encapsulate the heart of the dismantling of the world as we know it. Hurricane Harvey has brought so much destruction. Life never slows down after...
Taste and See
by Cecily McIlwain on June 19, 2019 in bounce
Though it has been two years since Harvey touched landfall there is still so much devastation. Students from FBC Kingwood and Parkside Baptist in Denison continued work at Bobby Beach Park today. The flooding to the area has rotted the wood in the sheds and damaged the baseball field. Lack of resources made it difficult for the community to repair the park. As a result, it was left to be overgrown with weeds and filled with trash. I was able to talk to Ethan, an incoming 8th-grade student at FBC Kingwood, while we worked on removing vines from the fences. Ethan was excited about the opportunities he has to...
It's GO TIME
by Cecily McIlwain on June 18, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers wrapped up a long and hard first day of work! Students came back from their worksites with transformational testimonies. Allen Heights Baptist Church (pictured above) was able to move an elderly couple back into their home for the first time since Harvey. The resident admitted that this would be his first time sleeping in his bed in two years. What a wonderful gift! Each and every student stepped outside of their comfort zone to do something great for the Kingdom.
The challenge this week is to step out into boldness. Tonight students gave sacrificially for the...
Bouncers Dock in Galveston, TX
by Cecily McIlwain on June 17, 2019 in bounce
This week 260 students from 10 Texas churches will serve communities all over Galveston in an effort to help families on this island town recover from hurricane Harvey. Participating churches include Acton Baptist Church, Allen Heights Baptist Church, FBC Fairfield, FBC Porter, Kingwood FBC, North Park FBC, Parkside Baptist Church, Southeast Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church, FBC La Vernia. We are so excited to serve with them this week.
Leadership this week includes Mission Coordinator Shawn Edwards, Construction Coordinator Mark Haveman, Worship Speaker Brian Pearce, and our wonderful...
Do it Again
by Cecily McIlwain on June 15, 2019 in bounce
We have concluded a wonderful week of disaster recovery in Houston! Nearly 100 students from six churches finished over 13 projects. Students were challenged to Bounce back home. If we really believe that the work we did this week was and is God inspired then it is impossible to just walk away. Bouncers displayed an amazing love for God and God’s people this week. The Bounce team has enjoyed working with and learning from the student’s love and work ethic.
Worship speaker, Nick Cooper, gave students necessary tools to continue growing closer to God through the study of Scripture. The table of contents...
A Glimpse of Heaven
by Cecily McIlwain on June 14, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers had the privilege of experiencing a glimpse of heaven this week as the Church came together to be the fullest expression of God’s boundless love and grace...
by Cecily McIlwain on June 12, 2019 in bounce
Breakfast at Bounce is much like breakfast at home. It is a great time to catch up with the family and plan out the day together. This morning I got to hang out with some ladies from First Baptist Kilgore. Eleventh-grade student, Maci Hatcher, was excited to get back to her work site at the trailer park this morning – after her morning cup of tea of course. She was able to spend time with a little girl in the community named Genesis. Maci explained she is grateful for her previous mission experience last summer in Honduras. There she was able to practice her Spanish language skills with children in Honduran communities. The...
Bouncers to the Rescue!
by Cecily McIlwain on June 11, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers gave a total of $326.36 toward hurricane Harvey rehabilitation. Each dollar was a sacrificial gift and affirmation of their servant-leader hearts. They really are heroes! ...
by Cecily McIlwain on June 10, 2019 in bounce
Our Bouncers have arrived and we couldn’t be happier. They survived long bus rides and scorching temperatures but they have made it nonetheless. Bouncers are revved up and excited to get to work tomorrow morning. Bouncers will be split into nine different teams covering the entire Houston area from North Houston to Baytown.
The entire Gulf Coast region of Texas experienced severe flooding and damage from wind. This week’s teams will spend their time removing and repairing fences, repainting the outside of buildings, and clearing debris. They have a long, hard week ahead of them but they are filled with purpose...
Bouncing Into Summer 2019
by Cecily McIlwain on June 9, 2019 in bounce
Tomorrow, six Texas-based churches will arrive at South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena, TX to begin the first week of the summer 2019 disaster recovery projects with Bounce. They will focus their work on areas devasted by hurricane Harvey. We are excited to welcome a cumulative of 96 students and volunteers from Brazos Meadows Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Fort Worth, First Baptist Church Kilgore, First Baptist Church Seguin, South Main Baptist Church Pasadena, and Westside Baptist Church.
This week is made possible by hardworking staff who have been preparing weeks in advance to get everything ready when the buses roll...
Bouncers Leave a Lasting Impact in Rockport, TX
by Cherish Mason on July 20, 2018 in bounce
Today marks the end of the final Bounce Summer 2018 Mission! It’s been a good week in the Rockport area as Bouncers finish up their projects. This week 250 students from eleven churches helped to rebuild the Rockport community...
Bouncers are Challenged to be Witnesses for Christ
by Cherish Mason on July 19, 2018 in bounce
Randy Beggs, the Worship Speaker, has been leading students through Acts. Beggs has been focusing challenging Bouncers to rethink what it means to be a witness for Christ. On Tuesday evening, Beggs explained to Bouncers that being a witness for Christ can be awkward, because the world’s purposes are different than Christ’s purposes. On Thursday evening Beggs challenged students to be a witness for Christ anytime, anywhere and to anyone...
Bounce Student Volunteers Count the Cost
by Cherish Mason on July 19, 2018 in bounce
On a hot and humid July day, a group of Bounce Student Volunteers arrived at Ms. Longoria’s home willing to repair her roof for free. The students were not merely offering Ms. Longoria their labor at no cost to her, but they had actually raised $279 to participate in Bounce for the week! A week of their summer and $279 per student seemed like a small price to pay when the students realized that Ms. Longoria would not have been able to receive help any other way...
Bouncers Help Rebuild the Rockport Community
by Cherish Mason on July 17, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers were sent out to their work sites in Rockport, TX this morning! Aaron Austin, one of the Mission Coordinators, led the students in a commissioning prayer before the students began their first day of work...
Bouncers Bring Relief to Rockport, TX
by Cherish Mason on July 17, 2018 in bounce
The eye of Hurricane Harvey passed over Rockport, TX in August 2017 leaving behind a trail of destruction. The Lord is faithful to gather these students and volunteers through Bounce to be his hands and feet, to help rebuild the Rockport community. While the students will be offering the Rockport community relief by rebuilding homes, students will also be going to their work sites with the word, that is the hope of salvation through Christ...
Homeowners Accept Christ in Victoria, TX
by Cherish Mason on July 13, 2018 in bounce
Homeowner Lee Garcia accepted Christ on Tuesday morning after hearing the gospel from one of the students who was repairing his roof. He said that he experienced the love of Christ through the students who were working on his home. Lee explained that he wanted to know more about living by faith so that he could teach his family the same...
So all may hear along the Amazon
by Kalie Lowrie on July 13, 2018 in great commission
Twenty-eight Texans partnered with MAP missionaries along the Amazon River to share the Gospel and strengthen the ongoing work in Brazil...
Bouncers Worship in Victoria, TX
by Cherish Mason on July 12, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers have been hard at work in Victoria, TX repairing homes that have been damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Bouncers stay at their worksites from 7am to 4pm and then return back to Northside Baptist Church for dinner and worship. Worship Speaker Casey Cockrell has been teaching the students about the power of the Holy Spirit. During worship Casey has explained how the gospel has gone viral through the power of the Holy Spirit. Videos go viral because people see them and identify them. In the same way, the gospel can go viral when others see the church in action and resonate with what they are doing; the work that students are doing in Victoria, TX this week is a great example of that!...
Homeowner's Hope in Christ Encourages Bouncers
by Cherish Mason on July 11, 2018 in bounce
The Green Wiffle Team comprised of students from Stoneburg Baptist Church, Acton Baptist Church, and McGehee First Baptist Church, is repairing the roof on Ms. Lula Carroll’s home. Due to high velocity winds and rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Lula Carroll’s roof is severely damaged. When the Team arrived at Ms. Lula Carroll’s home earlier this week they discovered that the beams in her kitchen ceiling had begun to rot, and the roof was held up by the kitchen cabinets. Ms. Lula Carroll said that every time it rained she would set several buckets in her kitchen and then later, empty out at least ten gallons of water from the buckets...
Bouncers Restore Hope by Rebuilding Roofs
by Cherish Mason on July 10, 2018 in bounce
Bouncer’s headed out to their work sites for the first time today after a commissioning prayer led by Shawn Edwards, the Mission Coordinator. Bouncers were sent out to their roofing projects in Victoria just minutes away from Northside Baptist Church, where students are being housed this week...
Bouncers Join the Ongoing Disaster Recovery Effort in Victoria, TX
by Cherish Mason on July 9, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers arrived in Victoria, TX today for the 4th Bounce Mission this summer! So far, Bounce has mobilized hundreds of students who have engaged in disaster recovery work all across Texas. The community of Victoria is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and several houses have suffered from wind damage. Because of this, all of the students this week will be repairing roofs. Bouncers will be staying at Northside Baptist Church, they same church that housed the Texas Baptist Men last August. Among the first responders, the Texas Baptist Men engaged in disaster relief work in Victoria, TX immediately after Hurricane Harvey. This week, Bouncers have the opportunity to continue in the ongoing disaster recovery effort and to follow in the footsteps of the Texas Baptist Men who went before them. ...
Bouncers are Sent Out to Serve Back Home
by Cherish Mason on June 29, 2018 in bounce
It has been a productive week here at Bounce as students finish up at their work sites. Bouncers have had wonderful opportunities to engage the homeowners at their work sites, and two homeowners even came to Bounce worship this week! Bouncers have repaired roofs, installed sheet rock, and lay dry wall all to show these homeowners how much they love and care for them. Several Bounce Teams even went out into Dickinson neighborhoods to prayer walk in response to Eric Martinez, the Worship Speaker, encouraging students to be available for the Holy Spirit to use. ...
Bouncers Worship by Rebuilding Homes in Houston
by Cherish Mason on June 28, 2018 in bounce
Evening worship has been a fruitful time for Bouncers this week. It has been a time for them to connect with God and to connect with other students. On Wednesday, Bouncers were able to participate in Concert of Prayer where they prayed individually and in groups. Students praised the Lord through songs and prayers of adoration and thanksgiving. Youth group leaders also had the opportunity to pray over each on of their students. While many youth group leaders have been praying to God for their students for some time, for many students, this may be the first time they’ve heard someone pray over them; this was a powerful moment! One student even gave her life to Christ!...
This Is What Families Do
by Cherish Mason on June 27, 2018 in bounce
Florence Green sat on the porch of her home content despite the sounds of hammers, saws and drills. Several students wearing Bounce nail aprons and bandannas flooded her yard and were busy building a wheelchair ramp. They carefully measured, sawed and nailed pieces of wood as Ms. Florence’s two small dogs scampered around the students’ feet...
Bouncers Lend a Helping Hand in Houston
by Cherish Mason on June 26, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers were sent off for their first day of disaster recovery work in the Dickinson area of Houston, TX. After a Commissioning prayer led by Scott Stevens, the Missions Coordinator, students headed off to their work sites. Bouncers will be working on roof repairs, installing sheet rock and dry wall among many other things. Bouncers were filled with joy and enthusiasm at their work sites today. Groups were able to meet with their homeowners and hear their stories and how Hurricane Harvey has affected them. Bouncers were shocked to see some of the homeowners living conditions and were honored to know that they were an answer to prayer. One homeowner was so thankful for the work that Bouncers were doing on her roof that she made home made tacos for all of the students working on her home. Another neighbor to one of the work sites came over to a Bounce Team and let them know that she was receiving a liver transplant today. Bouncers were able to pray for her and she was able to pray for them; over all it was an encouraging time. ...
Students in Pasadena, TX helping Houston BOUNCE back from Hurricane Harvey
by Cherish Mason on June 25, 2018 in bounce
Students have arrived in Pasadena ready for a weeks worth of disaster recovery work in the Houston area. Bouncer's will be rebuilding communities with the hope of restoring hope to homeowners who have lost so much in the after math of Harvey. Above all, Bouncers will seek to reflect the love of Christ this week as they install sheet rock and repair roofs. Bouncers will be the hands and feet of Christ as they seek to meet the needs of those in the Houston area. ...
Bouncers Leave Kingwood, TX as Conquerors in Christ
by Cherish Mason on June 22, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers have had a great week here in Kingwood, TX! Students have been hard at work helping homeowners bounce back from Hurricane Harvey. While it is almost a year later, homeowners are still trying to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. The work that students have been doing this week will have a lasting impact in this community. A majority of the Bouncers are from the Houston area, and so the work they have done this week has been deeply personal for them. Our hope is that students would continue to live pour into their communities and love their neighbor even after this week ends. ...
Bouncers Challenged to Share the Gospel Anytime, Anywhere, and with Anyone
by Cherish Mason on June 21, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers have had a busy week helping homeowners who are still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. A group of students in New Caney, TX have been installing sheet rock and repairing the ceiling of Ms. Mary's home. Mary's home was submerged in over eight feet of water due to flooding from the San Jacinto River. She and her husband tried to salvage any furniture they could, but the flood destroyed nearly everything that they owned. Mary and her husband waded out in waist high water to a rescue boat which took them to a local shelter. Mary is still trying to rebuild her home almost a year later and she is thankful for the work that Bouncers are doing on her home this week. ...
Bouncers Find Hope in God's Word
by Cherish Mason on June 20, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers continue at their work sites in Kingwood, TX. A group of Bouncers is working at Camp Holy Wild installing sheet rock. The work that these Bouncers are doing this week will have a lasting impact on those who use Camp Holy Wild's facilities for youth camps and retreats.
Bouncers work out in the community from 7am to 4pm, and then return to Kingwood First Baptist Church for a hot shower, dinner, and worship. Bouncers participated in a Concert of Prayer tonight, where the sought the Lord through individual and group prayer. Brian Pearce, the Missions Coordinator, encouraged Bouncers to live a life marked by intimate prayer even after their week at Bounce. ...
Bouncers Fulfilling the Great Commission in Kingwood, TX
by Cherish Mason on June 19, 2018 in bounce
Today students were sent out into Kingwood, TX to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the gospel while rebuilding homes. Brian Pearce, the Mission Coordinator, prayed over the students before he sent them out to their work sites for the week. Brian encouraged the students to consider making disaster recovery work a habit in their life so that the Church may be known for the way that it is quick to help those in need. The Collegiate Staff waved students good-bye as they left Kingwood First Baptist Church. The majority of the Teams served in trailer parks either doing heavy demolition work or installing metal roofs. Bouncers maintained positive attitudes even amidst the heavy rain. ...
Bouncers Arrive in Kingwood, TX
by Cherish Mason on June 18, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers arrived today in Kingwood, TX! Kingwood First Baptist Church, where students will be housed this week, has been participating in Bounce disaster recovery work for several years, but when Harvey hit, several of their church members' homes where affected. While members of Kingwood First Baptist Church experienced damaged and flooding to their own homes, they were quick to respond to the needs of those in their community. The youth from Kingwood First Baptist Church used the skills that they had learned from doing disaster recovery work through Bounce to respond to the needs of those in their community. Many of them know the immense personal loss that comes from the aftermath of a storm like Hurricane Harvey and so they are overjoyed that they can serve others in the Kingwood community in this way. The Kingwood students are filled with enthusiasm and are prepared to go out into this week and build up homeowners through the work that they will be doing. ...
Bouncers Leave Nederland Empowered
by Cherish Mason on June 15, 2018 in bounce
Students completed their final day of disaster recovery work in Nederland, TX! Students completed two roofs in the rain, and installed sheet rock and cabinets. Today teams presented their homeowners with a team picture and a Bible. Homeowners have felt immensely loved by these students'service. This week Bounce students had over 54 spiritual conversations, 16 gospel presentation, and 164 acts of kindness. Teams have built one another up, challenged each other and encouraged each other. Those teams who finished their projects early went to assist other teams at their work sites. ...
Worship Empowers Bouncers for a Purpose
by Cherish Mason on June 14, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers have made tremendous progress at their work sites this week! Today students and Bounce volunteers worked through rain to complete the roofs at their work sites. Students and Bounce volunteers have experienced humidity, heat, and rain, and through it all they have maintained a great attitude and are now close to completion at their work sites!...
Bouncers Work Together to Rebuild Communities
Bouncers have made progress at their work sites this week in Nederland, Port Arthur and Orange Texas. The "Blue Dodge" Team has been hard at work at a location in Groves, TX where they have been doing inside demolition work. The Team has spent most of their time installing cabinets, which has proved challenging. Though there have been set backs in the group with the cabinet installation, the group has maintained a positive attitude...
Bouncers are Commissioned in Nederland, TX
by Cherish Mason on June 12, 2018 in bounce
Bouncers were commissioned this morning in Nederland, TX by Aaron Austin the Mission Coordinator. Bouncers woke up early this morning for breakfast at 6 am, and then were sent off to their work sites for the week. Aaron led the Bouncers in prayer and reminded them that they will serve as a light to those in Nederland and and Port Arthur, TX this week...
BOUNCing Out of Waco and Summer 2017
by Jordan Pitman on July 21, 2017 in bounce
And that’s a wrap in Waco and for Summer 2017. We are impressed by the work that was completed by our BOUNCERS and proud of the mark they have left on this community and its residents. We want to thank Cristoval Baptist Church, Crossroads Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church Lampasas for participating and serving with us this week. Our BOUNCE staff hopes you all have safe travels back home, and that you would continue serving even after this week.
This week would not be possible without the work of our coordinators and partners in the community. We would like to thank Aaron Austin for his work as Mission Coordinator, as...
Looking Forward to Seeing BOUNCERS Continue at Home
by Jordan Pitman on July 21, 2017 in bounce
BOUNCERS are moving right along at their worksite. We continue to have media coverage, which helps spread the word, not only of the gospel, but of the need for service in this community. Our participants have been noticed by neighbors and others in the community, and our hope is that this work would continue even after BOUNCE is gone.
Worship this week has also been exceptional. Our BOUNCE staff enjoys joining in worship with our participants, listening to them sing, read scripture and pray during the service. It has been a great way to wrap up each day of work.
As we wrap up this week and the summer, we look forward to...
BOUNCERS Worship in Waco
by Jordan Pitman on July 19, 2017 in bounce
Wednesday in Waco saw some help from our BOUNCE staff today! Some of us went out to worksites to help teams with some roofing projects. It is awesome to see our staff working side by side with our BOUNCERS.
Tonight at worship, BOUNCERS participated in a Concert of Prayer. This is a time when students and student leaders have the opportunity to worship through guided prayer for their neighbors and friends. This is one of our favorite nights, and we love to hear the testimonies of both students and student leaders alike about how they have gone back home to minister to the “least” in their schools, churches, and communities...
Go Time! in Waco
by Jordan Pitman on July 19, 2017 in bounce
Participants had an early start as they met at 7am after breakfast for GO TIME. This is an opportunity for our BOUNCE staff to commission these participants as they go out and serve with the love of Christ. BOUNCERS circled up and Aaron Austin, our Mission Coordinator, prayed over the teams as they begin work this week. BOUNCE staff joined in prayer and waved bye as teams left for their worksites.
Tonight at worship, our BOUNCE offering was collected. The offering this year is supporting the Missionary Adoption Program, and will be used to buy a small river boat for indigenous Brazilian Amazon missionaries!
Local media has...
BOUNCERS With a Servant's Intent
by Jordan Pitman on July 17, 2017 in bounce
Our last mission of the summer has started off well! All churches arrived safely and without incident to Waco, Texas this afternoon. BOUNCERS are checked-in and ready to serve the community through rehabilitation projects this week.
BOUNCERS participated in BOUNCE Bash this afternoon, which included meeting the staff and spending time learning the BOUNCE guidelines through a game of Kerplunk! Later, we gathered for worship and heard from our Worship Speaker, Aaron Austin. He challenged the participants enter the week with the intent to serve, just as Jesus did on earth.
Be in prayer for a good night’s rest as BOUNCERS begin...
BOUNCing Into Waco
by Jordan Pitman on July 17, 2017 in bounce
BOUNCE is in Waco for the last week of summer missions. Our BOUNCE staff is excited to welcome participants this Monday. We are ready to see Christoval Baptist Church of Christoval, First Baptist Church of Lampasas, and Crossroads Baptist Church of The Woodlands! Columbus Avenue Baptist Church is hosting 60 students and student leaders this week.
Our coordinators this week include Aaron Austin as Mission Coordinator and Worship Speaker, Charles Carroll as Construction Coordinator, and Scott Rhodes as our Local Logistics Coordinator. BOUNCE collegiate staff includes Dan Hassell, Jordan Pitman, Amy Prentice, and Isaac Childs. ...
BOUNCing Out of Jennings
by Jordan Pitman on July 17, 2017 in bounce
That’s a wrap here in Jennings, Louisiana! Our teams finished all of their projects, receiving more than just sunburns and sore hands. Through their service this week they have received blessings from the residents and communities here.
One resident was moved to tears today as she returned home from work to see her finished house. Lake Arthur resident Victoria and her seven month old received a new roof and paint job to their damaged house. She was very grateful for the work of our BOUNCERS and will continue to share her store of restored hope to her coworkers and neighbors.
This week could have gone as smoothly without our...
BOUNCERS Don't Neglect Their Neighbors
by Jordan Pitman on July 13, 2017 in bounce
BOUNCERS continue to tell us their “Wow Moments” and share their stories of love and encouragement to the residents of Jennings. Today, one team helped a family push their car out of traffic in order to fix it. Other teams have stories of decisions being made by residents and participants alike.
Tonight at worship, Eric Martinez our Worship Speaker, had students and adults volunteer to act out the passage. As we talked about not neglecting our neighbors, BOUNCERS saw a live action skit of the parable of the good Samaritan. While it was fun and entertaining, we were challenged to live out scripture and not neglect those around...
BOUNCERS With Some "Wow Moments"
by Jordan Pitman on July 12, 2017 in bounce
Recovery efforts continue to move along at worksite today. BOUNCE has twelve teams in Jennings and surrounding communities. Houses were chosen based on word of mouth, through members in FBC Jennings, Carey Baptist Association, and other organizations that are continuing to help resident recover from last year’s flood.
Due to some storms in the area, some teams had to briefly work in the rain. However, BOUNCERS are still working hard all day. Some teams are close to finishing and may have a chance to begin work on other houses tomorrow. All teams hope to have as many projects completed by the end of the week!
Go Time in Jennings
by Jordan Pitman on July 11, 2017 in bounce
Today started well with Go Time! This morning Eric Martinez, our worship speaker for the week, prayed over and commissioned our BOUNCERS as they headed out to their worksites. As vans and buses lined up to leave, the BOUNCE staff waved goodbye to participants as they left.
This week there are twelve worksites in the Jennings area, including an elementary school in Elton. BOUNCERS will be working on roofs, installing flooring, painting and doing any other projects needed at their worksite.
This evening at worship we had our BOUNCE mission offering. The offering this summer is going to help buy a boat for indigenous...
BOUNCE Flood Recovery Continues
by Jordan Pitman on July 10, 2017 in bounce
This week we are in Jennings, Louisiana serving flood victims. It has been a rainy start, but all churches arrived safely to First Baptist Jennings this afternoon. We want to welcome Faith Family Fellowship from Brownfield, Texas, First Baptist Church of Beeville, First Baptist Church of El Paso, Parkway Hills Baptist Church of Plano, Texas, Texoma Cowboy Church of Wichita Falls, Texas, and WestWind Church of Keller, Texas.
Earlier this evening, BOUNCE students participated in BOUNCE Bash, while student leaders went out for a group leader meeting with Michelle Merriott, our Mission Coordinator! Students had fun learning...
BOUNCing into Jennings
by Jordan Pitman on July 10, 2017 in bounce
BOUNCE is back after a week break! We are ready to welcome churches from all over the state of Texas to come and serve residents of Jennings. These residents experienced the flood from August 2016 and are still seeking help on repairs for their homes.
BOUNCE is always excited to partner with local community members, and this week we are serving with First Baptist Church Jennings, who are our hosts for the week! We are also partnering with Carey Baptist Association and area churches, and the Louisiana Baptist Convention. We are eager to see the love of Christ being shown this week through these participants.
BOUNCing Out of Baton Rouge
by Jordan Pitman on June 30, 2017 in bounce
That’s a wrap in Baton Rouge. All 12 teams helped flood victims and families gain ground with renovations all while serving with the love of Christ. BOUNCERS worked hard each day and have been a huge blessing to this community. There were many conversations with locals that involved sharing the gospel and passing out bibles. We cannot wait to see what these churches do when they get back home and continue serving their own community.
This week would not have been possible without the preparation and work from our coordinators. We want to thank Brian Pearce for leading this week as our Mission Coordinator, Charles Carroll for...
BOUNCERS in Worship
by Jordan Pitman on June 29, 2017 in bounce
Today was another wet day as BOUNCERS continued working on projects at their worksites. Each team is closer to finishing tomorrow, despite the heavy rains all day. Some projects had to take a break between storms, but every team has been working hard all week.
Worship this week has been full of the Holy Spirit. Dan has done a great job leading BOUNCERS in songs and prayer each night. Wednesday night was Concert of Prayer, a service of worship through song, silence, scripture reading, and various forms of prayer. BOUNCERS responded well to the service, and students and adults alike admitted that God was present during the...
BOUNCERS Have a Wet Wednesday
by Jordan Pitman on June 28, 2017 in bounce
Recovery efforts continue to move along at worksite today. BOUNCE has twelve teams in Baton Rouge and surrounding communities. Houses were chosen by our Construction Coordinator, Charles Carroll, by groups such as Rebuilding Baton Rouge Together, Greater Mount Olive Church and Broadmoor Baptist Church.
Due to some storms in the area, some teams had to briefly work in the rain. However, because most of the work is being done on the inside of houses, BOUNCERS were still able to continue work. All teams hope to have each house completed by the end of the week!
Ministry teams consist of students and student leaders from their...
Go Time in Baton Rouge
by Jordan Pitman on June 27, 2017 in bounce
It’s Tuesday and that means ministry teams completed their first day at their work sites! BOUNCERS started off the day with Go Time, where our Mission Coordinator Brian Pearce prayed over and commissioned participants as they headed out to their work sites. Baton Rouge BOUNCE has twelve ministry teams throughout the city, each doing a variety of tasks such as interior sheetrock, painting, and exterior siding, along with any other repairs homeowners need from flood damage.
Local media has been very interested in BOUNCE’s presence in Baton Rouge, as participants are aiding in ongoing recovery efforts from last year’s flooding. ...
BOUNCERS Charged to Be the Hands and Feet
by Jordan Pitman on June 26, 2017 in bounce
BOUNCE at Baton Rouge is off to a great start. All teams have arrived safely and checked into the lodging facility. Students met BOUNCE staff in the parking lot for a game of Spikeball while group leaders registered participants. This afternoon, all participants met together for BOUNCE Bash and had fun worshipping, learning BOUNCE guidelines and getting to know one another.
Aaron Austin, this week’s worship speaker, charged the students to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He discussed the scripture of Mark 10:45 and Matthew 25. We were reminded that Jesus came to serve, and that “the served serve others”.
Please pray for...
BOUNCing into Baton Rouge
by Jordan Pitman on June 26, 2017 in bounce
BOUNCE has made its way from Oklahoma to Louisiana! BOUNCERS will be serving the community of Baton Rouge this week, helping with ongoing flood recovery efforts. We are excited to welcome Kingwood First Baptist Church in Kingwood, TX, First Baptist Church Plano, TX, Northeast Baptist Church of San Antonio, TX, Second Baptist Church Corpus Christi, TX and South Main Baptist Church of Pasedena, TX.
BOUNCE appreciates Broadmoor Baptist Church for hosting BOUNCE staff and 180 students and student leaders this week. Broadmoor is also providing meals, showers, and a place for worship.
This week’s coordinators include our Mission...
BOUNCing Out of Bartlesville
by Jordan Pitman on June 23, 2017 in bounce
Happy Friday from our BOUNCERS here in Bartlesville! All nine teams finished projects at their worksites today and returned to the church to clean up. We ended the night with worship and the BOUNCE wrap party. We are proud of our BOUNCERS for their hard work and determination all week. The residents of Bartlesville were very pleased and blessed this week.
Samuel Middleton, a seventh-grader from South Oaks Baptist Church, said that his experience has been amazing this week. This is his second trip with BOUNCE and “it is fortunate to see residents and do the work of God”. He also added that it is a blessing to see the residents...
BOUNCing with Our Neighbors
by Jordan Pitman on June 22, 2017 in bounce
Bartlesville BOUNCERS have been very responsive this week in worship. From giving to the BOUNCE offering, singing along in worship, and praying for their neighbors, students and student leaders have experienced a renewal in their relationship with God.
Carlos Montoya, our Worship Speaker this week in Bartlesville, taught out of Luke 10 tonight. He challenged students to think about who their neighbors are and how they are to welcome them in as Jesus did. In order for our relationships with others, believers and non-believers alike, do be effective, our relationships with the Father first need to be in order. Last night...
BOUNCE students renovate homes in Dallas community
by Guest Author on June 22, 2017 in great commandment
By: Courtney Reeves
Teenagers travelled to Dallas for the summer, not to shop or catch a baseball game, but to work on remodeling houses. The week of June 12-17 saw three youth groups come to the Metroplex as a part of BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery, a Texas Baptists Missions program.
BOUNCE students worked at three locations in Dallas, which were selected by the City of Dallas’ People Helping People. One of these three homes belongs to 81-year-old Wilma Curry. Curry lived in her house since 1965 and said this was the first time anything had been done for it.
She praised the BOUNCERS, calling the new paint and siding on her...
BOUNCERS Share Stories Locally
by Jordan Pitman on June 21, 2017 in bounce
All of our BOUNCERS continued with another hard day’s work. This week we have nine worksites located in the Bartlesville and the surrounding area. One of these worksites happens to be located in Chautauqua, Kansas, just north of Bartlesville. BOUNCE staff made their rounds today, having popsicles for participants during one of their breaks this afternoon. All of these projects were specifically chosen with the opportunity for ministry, whether that is to the homeowners or surrounding neighbors.
Some of our participants this week have BOUNCED with us before. They were excited at the chance to join BOUNCE for another summer of...
Bartlesville BOUNCERS Reach Quarter Offering Goal
by Jordan Pitman on June 20, 2017 in bounce
BOUNCERS were full of excitement and energy this morning at Go Time! Students and Student leaders circled up for a time of prayer and commissioning as they started their first day at the work sites. Our Construction Coordinator this week, Lonnie Hoelscher, prayed over them, and the BOUNCE staff waved goodbye as vans and trucks pulled out to serve this community.
Tonight during worship, our BOUNCE offering was collected. This offering will go to support the Missionary Adoption Program, which aids indigenous, Brazilian missionaries as they share the gospel with unreached communities in the Amazon. BOUNCE wants to raise money to...
A Life Worth Giving
by Jordan Pitman on June 19, 2017 in bounce
BOUNCERS have arrived in Bartlesville! Our BOUNCE staff welcomed all of our churches and helped them get settled in for the week. Participants played Spike Ball and hung out with our collegiate staff while student leaders went through registration.
Our BOUNCERS are ready to serve the community of Bartlesville BOUNCE back from sub-standard housing conditions through various projects. These projects include several roofs, wall repair, installing cabinets, and painting.
Earlier this evening, BOUNCE students participated in BOUNCE Bash, while student leaders went out for a group leader meeting with David Scott, our Mission...
BOUNCing into Bartlesville
by Jordan Pitman on June 18, 2017 in bounce
Hello Bartlesville! BOUNCE is here to have a great week of serving the community! We are ready to welcome Eastern Heights Baptist Church and New Harmony Baptist Church, both from Bartlesville. We are also ready to welcome First Baptist Church Navasota, TX, First Baptist Church Seguin, TX, Hulen Street Church of Fort Worth, TX, and South Oaks Baptist of Arlington, TX.
BOUNCE appreciates First Baptist Church Bartlesville for hosting BOUNCE staff and 72 students and student leaders this week. FBC Bartlesville is also providing meals, showers, and a place to worship for the week.
This week’s coordinators include our Mission...
BOUNCing out of Dallas
by Jordan Pitman on June 16, 2017 in bounce
That’s a wrap for our work in Dallas this week! All three BOUNCE teams finished at their worksites today. Students and student leaders worked hard and had fun too! From painting to installing siding, BOUNCERS have learned new skills and made new friends, all while serving Christ and the community of Dallas. These BOUNCERS are excited to get back to their hometowns to start serving their communities through the rest of the summer. Overall, this week was great and the BOUNCE staff was happy to serve alongside these participants.
This week would not be possible without our wonderful coordinators and the preparation they put into...
BOUNCERS Pray for the "Least of These"
by Jordan Pitman on June 15, 2017 in bounce
Worship this week in Dallas has been exceptional and the BOUNCERS have participated in every way, from learning new songs, giving to our BOUNCE offering, and praying for “least of these”. Wednesday night was a Concert of Prayer, which prompted students and student leaders to pray and consider various needs and people of their community. This concert included songs, silence, Scripture reading, and audible prayers. Our BOUNCE staff also participated by reading Scripture and prompts during the service. After the service, groups were dismissed to spend time with their youth groups to consider ways to BOUNCE back home and serve their...
BOUNCE Brings Blessings After 52 Years
by Jordan Pitman on June 14, 2017 in bounce
Dallas BOUNCERS have been hard at work each day, and are getting close to finishing at a few worksites. One homeowner, Wilma Curry, couldn’t be more thankful for the work that these BOUNCE participants are doing for her home. “It’s a blessing”, said Curry, who has been living in her home since 1965. This is the first time that her home has received renovations since she moved in. Curry’s home is one of three others receiving rehabilitation this week in the Dallas community.
At another worksite, BOUNCERS met homeowner, Eula Reece, who hugged each of the students as they came up to meet her yesterday. Homeowners are sincerely...
Commissioned With a Mission
by Jordan Pitman on June 13, 2017 in bounce
Today marks the first work day of BOUNCE 2017! Participants had an early start as they met at 7am after breakfast for GO TIME. This is an opportunity for our BOUNCE staff to commission these participants as they go out and serve with the love of Christ. BOUNCERS circled up and Scott Stevens, our Mission Coordinator, prayed over the teams as they begin work this week. BOUNCE staff joined in prayer and waved bye as teams left for their worksites.
Tonight at worship, our BOUNCE offering was collected. The offering this year is supporting the Missionary Adoption Program, and will be used to buy a small river boat for indigenous...
Duncanville BOUNCERS Reminded to Serve While Being Served
by Jordan Pitman on June 12, 2017 in bounce
Mission 1 at Duncanville has kicked off to a great start! All the churches have arrived safely and are settled in for a week of serving. BOUNCE staff met the churches as they arrived and played some Spike Ball as group leaders checked-in. BOUNCERS are ready to help the community of Dallas BOUNCE back from poor housing conditions through rehabilitation efforts.
Students participated in BOUNCE Bash this afternoon and had fun playing a few rounds of Kerplunk, while learning some of our BOUNCE guidelines! Dan, this week’s worship leader, led us in a great time of worship, and the Mission Moment highlighted our BOUNCE offering to...
BOUNCing Into Summer 2017
by Jordan Pitman on June 12, 2017 in bounce
Summer 2017 has arrived and your BOUNCE staff has been preparing for this summer for a while. Our first Mission is in Duncanville, Texas, and we are ready to welcome Carmel Baptist Church from Lindale, Texas, Crestview Baptist Church from San Antonio, Texas, and Wylie Baptist Church from Abilene, Texas.
BOUNCE staff for this week includes our Mission Coordinator, Scott Stevens, our Construction Coordinator, Russell Hill, our Local Logistics Coordinator, Ryan Jespersen, our First Aid Coordinator, Tanner Stevens, and our Worship Speaker, Randy Beggs. The BOUNCE collegiate staff includes Amy Prentice, Isaac Childs, Dan Hassell...
Wrapping up Waco-- and Summer 2016!
by Kasey Chinn on July 22, 2016 in bounce
BOUNCE Mission Waco is drawing to a close. Our twelve teams have worked hard on ten different houses and accomplished a lot this week. From painting, to siding, to construction, to lots of roofing, our students have learned many new skills and served Christ in a tangible way. Some students have even talked about being baptized when they go back home! Overall, it’s been a great week. Despite some challenges, our BOUNCERS have persevered and had fun as well. We have heard stories of mission teams that have worked really well together, finishing tasks while building relationships. Students have also been able to have conversations...
by Kasey Chinn on July 21, 2016 in bounce
All twelve of our BOUNCE Teams are still hard at work. With the understanding that they will be finished with their houses tomorrow, they have continued finishing their roofs and painting their houses. Some of our staff members had the opportunity to work alongside the students and get to know them better. Some teams have even finished their smaller houses and are continuing work at another site.
Worship services have consisted of singing praises, hearing about resources, and listening to the word of God taught by Aaron. The Beatitudes come from Jesus’ most well-known sermon, the Sermon on the Mount. Tonight he spoke about those...
by Kasey Chinn on July 20, 2016 in bounce
BOUNCERS’ work continued today on their sites. The students were hard at work despite the intense heat, which was up to 97 degrees today. We continued encouraging everyone to use sunscreen and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The work accomplished so far includes scraping old paint, applying new paint, and repairing roofs.
One homeowner has lived in the same house for 61 years. She said she has been praying for years for help repairing this home. She and her family were physically and financially unable to do the work themselves and are so grateful for the BOUNCERS who have come to serve her. The students have told stories...
Waco Work Begins
by Kasey Chinn on July 19, 2016 in bounce
Today was the first day of work for our BOUNCERS. The day began bright and early for breakfast at 6AM, then continued with GO TIME: a time of prayer and commissioning. Aaron Austin, our mission coordinator in Waco this week, encouraged the students and prayed before sending them out to their sites for the first time.
We have a total of twelve teams working on houses this week. The work they will be doing consists of scraping, painting, roofing, siding, and small construction work. The teams are churches from different cities and the students will get to know each other well over the course of the week. One of the things students...
by Kasey Chinn on July 18, 2016 in bounce
BOUNCE Mission Waco is officially underway! Our churches have arrived safe and sound from various cities. The staff was glad to meet them and begin the week. We are excited to welcome and serve the 150 participants and leaders.
The week always kicks off with BOUNCE Bash: a fun, high-energy time of playing Giant Jenga, getting to know the staff, and learning about the rules of BOUNCE in an entertaining way. This is facilitated by our Worship Leader, Haley, who engages the students and gets them excited about BOUNCE. These participants are ready to help members of the Waco community.
Each team appoints students to be Hydration...
Welcome to Waco
by Kasey Chinn on July 17, 2016 in bounce
It is hard to believe that this is the last week of BOUNCE for the summer! We are getting ready to welcome all of the churches arriving in Waco tomorrow. 150 students and leaders will be gathering to serve the Waco community from all over. Participating churches will be Central Baptist Church in Marshall, Crosspoint Church, Eastern Hills Baptist Church, FBC Lufkin, FBC Plainview, Paramount Baptist Church, and South Main Baptist.
Mission teams comprised of these churches will be rehabilitating homes in the Waco Community. This week, we will be partnering with local organizations such as Waco Community Development, Waco Regional...
Wrapping up a Great Week
by Kasey Chinn on July 15, 2016 in bounce
The BOUNCERS have done a lot of great work in Mineral Wells this week! Some houses have had siding installed, received new coats of paint, and even had porches rebuilt. Students have been working hard this week and we are proud of them for all that they have accomplished. They have come together, gotten to know each other, and learned how to work as a team. These 70 students and leaders did a lot of work for the Lord’s glory, by meeting physical needs and paying attention to spiritual needs as well. We are thankful for the relationships built with the homeowners.
BOUNCE is a great experience for everyone involved. Students have...
by Kasey Chinn on July 14, 2016 in bounce
Students had another day of hard work today. A few teams have even been able to finish the work on their houses and contribute to another house’s progress; six teams are working on seven work sites in Mineral Wells. Each night, we are thankful for a time of worship to praise God and hear from His Word.
Worship all week has been about the Beatitudes. Our worship speaker, Dwayne, continued unpacking this part of the Sermon on the Mount this evening. We have learned thus far that true satisfaction is found in Christ and is characterized by humility, righteousness, and Christ-like actions. When a person follows Christ, there comes...
Mineral Wells Wednesday
by Kasey Chinn on July 13, 2016 in bounce
Progress continued at our participants’ ministry sites today. Many of our teams have already finished scraping and priming, and painting has begun on multiple houses. Each homeowner has a different situation, and may have endured hardship after hardship. Some houses are in desperate need of siding installation or painting, and the BOUNCERS are hard at work.
One homeowner named Linda said that these students’ work was an answer to prayer. She had prayed for six years and knew that her house needed repairs soon. She was glad to have a BOUNCE team there. Linda was seen at her table with more than one Bible open, thanking God for...
by Kasey Chinn on July 12, 2016 in bounce
This morning, we started off the week with GO TIME: an opportunity to commission the BOUNCERS with prayer. We asked the Lord to move this week as students are actively serving Him and reflecting His love to the community around them. All the BOUNCERS met in the parking lot and were prayed over, then the six teams headed out to begin their day. Each morning, as the teams arrive on their worksites, a student selected as Team Chaplain will lead a devotional that allows students to be in God’s Word first thing. This helps the participants remember why they are here and learn from scripture before they begin their work.
Monday Mineral Wells
by Kasey Chinn on July 11, 2016 in bounce
Mission Mineral Wells is officially underway. Our churches have arrived from all around Texas and even New Mexico! It is great to see churches of different denominations come together to serve and worship the Lord. We have a total of six churches in Mineral Wells this week ready to engage this town for the gospel. Our participants are eager to help the community by doing porch repairs, trim, siding, painting, and roofing. These skills are valuable for the students to learn, but more importantly we are praying for hearts to be changed as God moves this week.
We kicked off the week with the BOUNCE Bash, a high-energy time of...
Bouncing into Mineral Wells
by Kasey Chinn on July 10, 2016 in bounce
The BOUNCE Team is looking forward to another great week! The Bartlesville mission wrapped up nicely a few weeks ago, and we are ready to jump back in, this time serving the Mineral Wells Community. We will have churches from First UMC Farmington, Cowboy Fellowship, Christoval BC, Brazos Meadows BC, Bethel Chinese BC, and locals from Mineral Wells arriving tomorrow.
The BOUNCE Staff is excited to meet the students who will be serving this week. There will be around 70 students and leaders lodging at Mineral Wells Jr. High School, and we are thankful for a place to eat, sleep, and shower. Immanuel Baptist Church will be hosting us...
Bye Bye, Bartlesville
by Kasey Chinn on June 24, 2016 in bounce
BOUNCE Bartlesville is a wrap! We are so proud of the work our BOUNCERS have done this week. They have build wheelchair ramps, constructed decks, repaired roofs, installed siding, painted houses, and more. In just one short week, they have served Christ and been featured in a couple local media sources proclaiming His name.
It has been a great week here in Oklahoma. Thanks so much to everyone who was involved, adults and students alike. This would not be possible without the generosity of all the leadership who was devoted to serving the community and pouring into students. Our mission coordinator, construction/logistics...
by Kasey Chinn on June 23, 2016 in bounce
The week is going by quickly and everyone has been hard at work. Several of our groups stayed late at their worksites yesterday in an effort to get more accomplished. Each night, we are glad for a time of worship to praise God for who He is and to hear from His Word.
David, our worship speaker, continued unpacking the Beatitudes. Throughout the week, he has been talking with students about what Jesus teaches in this part of the Sermon on the Mount. We have learned thus far that true satisfaction is found in Christ and is characterized by humility, righteousness, and Christ-like actions. When a person follows Christ, there comes...
BOUNCERS Being a Blessing
by Kasey Chinn on June 22, 2016 in bounce
BOUNCE students are doing great things in the Bartlesville community. Greg Graham, of FBC Bartlesville, had the opportunity to visit several of the houses where BOUNCERS were hard at work. He told a story about one homeowner who was a member of a local congregation. Her own children had been on numerous community service mission trips. “She had been giving all her life, and now through BOUNCE the Lord was blessing her,” said Greg. “Three out of four sites that I visited had homeowners nearly in tears out of gratefulness.” It is awesome to hear stories of how students can make a difference for the Lord’s glory.
After a hot day of...
First Work Day
by Kasey Chinn on June 21, 2016 in bounce
Today kicked off our BOUNCERS’ first day of working! After their arrival yesterday, the groups became acquainted with the facility that First Baptist Church of Bartlesville is allowing us to use to eat, sleep, shower, and worship.
Early this morning, we had a time of prayer over our participants. Go Time allowed us to commission the students to head out into the Bartlesville area to begin working. It was a good reminder that it is not merely about accomplishing tasks, but also about serving people and reflecting Christ.
Each evening, our students engage in a worship service. David Scott, director of BOUNCE and of Texas Baptists...
Bartlesville Participants Arrive
by Kasey Chinn on June 20, 2016 in bounce
Our six churches have arrived safely today. Most of the groups stayed the night in Oklahoma last night and drove to Bartlesville this afternoon. From Crosswinds Community Church, FBC Nacogdoches, New Harmony Baptist Church, Eastern Heights Baptist Church, Frio Baptist Church, and Baptist Temple Church, the BOUNCE team is glad to have the participants here.
The BOUNCE staff and students are ready to serve the community of Bartlesville. Each group will have a unique project that will impact homeowners for the gospel. Some of the projects include laying tile, installing vinyl siding, roofing, painting, building wheelchair ramps, and...
by Kasey Chinn on June 19, 2016 in bounce
We had a great time in Duncanville last week conducting the Dallas mission for the first week of BOUNCE this summer. The BOUNCE staff has now transitioned to Bartlesville, Oklahoma and is looking forward to meeting our participants arriving tomorrow! We will have students from Baptist Temple Church, Crosswinds Community Church, FBC Nacogdoches, Frio Baptist Church, New Harmony Baptist Church, and Eastern Heights Baptist Church.
Team BOUNCE is excited to meet all the students who will be serving this week. The team this week consists of Michelle Merriott (Mission Coordinator) and Lonnie Hoelscher (Local Logistics Coordinator and...
BOUNCE Dallas Mission Complete
by Kasey Chinn on June 18, 2016 in bounce
We are so proud of our BOUNCERS for finishing the week strong! It has been tiring, but the students have accomplished a lot in the Dallas community. From priming and painting, to siding, to roofing, to constructing porches and decks, youth groups came together to serve the community in the name of Jesus. The Lord did some great things with the physical tasks, as they were projects that made a difference in the city of Dallas. He also worked in the hearts of students, to help them understand the reason for serving. We work to serve people as a small expression of the way that God loves them. Devotionals in the morning and worship...
This Week's Worship
by Kasey Chinn on June 16, 2016 in bounce
It is difficult to believe that it is nearing the end of the week already! The staff is proud of the BOUNCERS who have been working hard consistently to serve as an expression of their love for Christ. Not only have they been able to accomplish tasks to help meet physical needs in the community, but they have also had the chance to encounter God in worship sessions each night.
Our worship speaker, Randy, has been diligent in his presentation of Matthew 5. Presenting the word in a way that captures the students’ attention, he uses relevant illustrations and is passionate about students connecting with scripture. He spoke this...
Dallas Mission Continues
by Kasey Chinn on June 15, 2016 in bounce
Today is day two of the BOUNCERS engaging the community on their work sites. We’ve heard several updates from groups who have accomplished a lot already! Many have been tasked with painting, roofing, siding, or even constructing wheelchair ramps. Our coordinators have been hard at work planning and organizing the various projects, and the students have spent a lot of time bearing the heat and humidity to serve others.
BOUNCE has been fortunate to be featured in a few different media outlets in the Dallas area this week. We are glad to get the word out about what God is doing. It is unusual for youth to spend any of their summer...
by Kasey Chinn on June 14, 2016 in bounce
Participants awoke bright and early this morning to eat breakfast and head out to their worksites. 7am was Go Time, when we commissioned our students and sent them out to serve Christ in the Dallas community. Brian Pearce, Mission Coordinator, encouraged them by reminding them of the gospel and the motivation that comes from being loved by God and desiring make him known.
BOUNCERS dove into work for their first day at seven different worksites around Duncanville. We are thankful for the local Baptist churches that provided lunches to these hardworking students! The students will be at their individual sites until Friday of this...
It's Time to Begin!
by Kasey Chinn on June 13, 2016 in bounce
Despite traffic and weather conditions, all of the Mission teams arrived to Duncanville’s First Baptist Church today! We are so excited to get to know people from these churches all over Texas. There are about 175 students and leaders who made it here safely from Plano, Wylie, Dimmit, Crockett, Southwest Park, Stoneburg, and Kingwood.
When they arrived, our students were able to get situated in the rooms graciously offered by Duncanville’s FBC this afternoon. We are thankful for them this week! BOUNCERS were also able to participate in the BOUNCE BASH, in which they were introduced to our BOUNCE staff, played games, and had fun...
Hello, Summer 2016!
by Kasey Chinn on June 12, 2016 in bounce
The BOUNCE staff is excited to welcome this summer’s students! We are eager to meet the churches serving in Dallas this week: FBC Dimmit, FBC Crockett, FBC Plano, Kingwood FBC, Southwest Park Baptist Church, Stoneburg Baptist Church, and Wylie Baptist Church. There will be approximately 175 students and student leaders lodging at Duncanville’s First Baptist Church.
Team BOUNCE (Coordinators and Collegiate Staff) is looking forward to meeting the students and their leaders. This summer, the Collegiate Staff consists of Amy Valenta (Mission Administration Specialist), Colt Benedict (A/V Tech), Haley Edgar (Worship Leader), and...
Youth group travels to minister’s hometown to rebuild flood-damaged homes
by Leah Reynolds on March 31, 2016 in feature
WIMBERLEY, TX--When Bobby Catt, minister of students at First Baptist Church in San Angelo, discovered a student mission trip opportunity in Wimberley, he knew he had to sign up his youth group right away.
Catt called the small town, with a population just over 2,500, home for many formative years. Last Memorial Day weekend, numerous Wimberley residencies sustained severe damage after record amounts of rainfall caused flooding across Central Texas.
Nine days after the flood, Catt and three members from his church traveled to Wimberley to begin relief work.
Nearly 10 months later, he heard about a spring break mission trip...
Bounce 2015 Is A Wrap!
by Amy Valenta on July 29, 2015 in great commandment
The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the results of the week of ministry in San Marcos and WImberley! We've seen the restoration of homes and hope brought through the service of students. Christ has been reflected well this week in San Marcos. A total of six worksites were completed. Houses got new roofs, walls, insulation, and other improvements. Before BOUNCERS left, they presented their homeowner with a picture of their team as a gift.
Ms. Joyce Adams, an 82 year-old deaf homeowner, was greatly impacted by the flood on May 24 of this year. Through sign language, she explained that the manager of her trailer park tried to knock...
Missions Is A Lifestyle
by Amy Valenta on July 28, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCERS woke up early this morning to eat breakfast and kick off their day with GO TIME! Go Time is a brief meeting where BOUNCERS all meet together in the parking lot at the lodging facility, are prayed for and sent off to begin work. A total of six ministry teams consisting of over 70 students and leaders went out into San Marcos and Wimberley to reflect the love of Christ through their service.
Anna Alvarado, a 14 year-old from Cowboy Fellowship, said she has learned that Missions shouldn't just be here. She lives pretty close to San Marcos, and it could have been them. She stated "Mission work should be a lifestyle, not a task...
Bounce San Marcos Is Underway!
by Amy Valenta on July 27, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCE staff is happy to announce that all of our BOUNCERS have arrived safely in San Marcos. Students and leaders are excited for what lies ahead. We welcomed about 75 BOUNCERS through the doors of First Baptist Church of San Marcos today. A total of six churches brought student missionaries this week. Churches participating are Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury, First Baptist Church Canyon Lake, Life Church of San Antonio, Cowboy Fellowship of Jourdanton, First Baptist Church Lampasas, and San Isidro Baptist Church.
Groups had long drives this morning and are excited to finally arrive in San Marcos. They're excited to see how...
We're Ready To Bounce!
by Amy Valenta on July 26, 2015 in great commandment
We had a great time in Mineral Wells, Texas last week! Now, BOUNCE staff has arrived in San Marcos, Texas for another week of serving the community. About 65 BOUNCERS will be arriving tomorrow afternoon to kick off our last BOUNCE of summer 2015 in San Marcos. Our participating Churches this week are Cowboy Fellowship of Jourdanton, Texas, FBC Lampasas, FBC San Isidro, Lakeside Baptist Church of Granbury, FBC Canyon Lake, and Life Church of San Antonio. BOUNCERS will be lodged and fed at First Baptist Church San Marcos and worship will also be held each night at First Baptist Church San Marcos.
This week, a total of six teams will...
BOUNCE Mineral Wells is In the Books!
The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the results of the week of ministry in Mineral Wells! All worksites have been completed thanks to the hard work of all the BOUNCERS this week. We've seen the restoration of homes and hope. Christ has been reflected well this week in Mineral Wells. A total of six worksites were completed. Houses got new roofs, paint jobs and other improvements. Before BOUNCERS left, they presented their homeowner with a Bible as a gift.
Peter Simpson, Youth Pastor at FBC Copperas Cove said that the kids on his worksite made friends with each other quickly. They fought through the heat and other barriers to...
BOUNCERS Are Drawing Close to God In Mineral Wells
It's the third day of work here and Mineral Wells and BOUNCERS are moving along on their projects very well. They are learning new skills that they may have never thought they would be able to learn. Besides the work, one of the BOUNCERS' favorite things about the week is the nightly worship. During this time, students have had the opportunity to look back and see what God's been doing in their lives and what he may want to do in their lives in the future.
Each night, students hear from Worship Speaker, Randy Beggs about the life of Peter and his failures which were followed by triumphs. He's been emphasizing takings steps of faith...
BOUNCE Mineral Wells is in Full Swing!
by Kyle Crim on July 22, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCERS had a great night of rest and were up early this morning to continue on their worksites in Mineral Wells. They were looking forward to going out and seeing more progress made on the houses they were working on. Many BOUNCERS have found it surprising that they've been having fun on their worksites despite the physical demands that the work entails. They are also enjoying meeting and working alongside students from other youth groups.
Students have already learned a lot about service this week. There are several students who are feeling God work in their lives this week. Many are feeling affirmed in calling to missions and...
Work in Mineral Wells Has Begun!
by Kyle Crim on July 21, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCERS woke up early this morning to eat breakfast and kick off their day with GO TIME! Go Time is a brief meeting where BOUNCERS all meet together in the parking lot at the lodging facility, are prayed for and sent off to begin work. A total of six ministry teams consisting of over 70 students and leaders went out into Mineral Wells to reflect the love of Christ through their service.
Kayla Kemp, a 17 year-old from FBC Copperas Cove said that she hopes that this week strengthens her relationship with God. She also hopes to strengthen her friendships with her Christian Friends. There are young children at the house next door to...
BOUNCE Mineral Wells is a GO!
by Kyle Crim on July 20, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCE staff is happy to announce that all of our BOUNCERS have arrived safely in Mineral Wells. Students and leaders are excited for what lies ahead. We welcomed over 70 BOUNCERS through the doors of Mineral Wells Jr. High today. A total of four churches brought student missionaries this week. Churches participating are Brazos Meadows Baptist Church of Waco, First Baptist Church Copperas Cove, First United Methodist Church of Farmington, NM and Sharpstown Baptist Church.
Groups had long drives this morning and are excited to finally arrive in Mineral Wells. They're excited to see how God will work in them and through them this week...
BOUNCE Mineral Wells Set to Kick Off
by Kyle Crim on July 19, 2015 in great commandment
We had a great time in Moore, Oklahoma last week, and now, BOUNCE staff has arrived in Mineral Wells, Texas for another week of serving the community. About 70 BOUNCERS will be arriving tomorrow afternoon to kick off BOUNCE in Mineral Wells. Our participating Churches this week are Brazos Meadows Baptist Church of Waco, First Baptist Church Copperas Cove, First United Methodist Church of Farmington, NM and Sharpstown Baptist Church. BOUNCERS will be lodged and fed at Mineral Wells Jr. High and worship will be held each night at Immanuel Baptist Church.
This week, a total of six teams will be headed out into the city of Mineral Wells...
Moore Students are Geared up to BOUNCE Back Home!
by Kyle Crim on July 17, 2015 in great commandment
The BOUNCE staff is thrilled with the results of the week in Moore! All the work on the sites has been completed and we could not be any more proud of the hard work put in by BOUNCERS this week and the way they reflected Christ's love in Moore. A total of 15 worksites were completed. Houses got new roofs and paint jobs and some BOUNCERS cleared brush and built and painted fences. Since today was the last workday, homeowners were presented with a bible as a gift from the BOUNCERS who worked on their home.
Tonight concluded with the WRAP PARTY, which covered some of the highlights of the mission, including the BOUNCE Mission Offering...
BOUNCE is More Than Just Work
by Kyle Crim on July 16, 2015 in great commandment
On the third day of disaster recovery work here in Moore, BOUNCERS are working very efficiently. It will not be a problem finishing all of the sites by tomorrow afternoon. After working hard each day, one of the things the students have to look forward to is the time of worship that is conducted each night. This has been a time for students to reflect on what God's been doing in their lives this week.
Students hear from Worship Speaker, David Scott about the life of Peter and his failures, which were eventually turned into triumphs. He has been emphasizing that it will be hard to become who God calls us to be, but it's better to be...
Disaster Recovery Work Continues in Moore!
by Kyle Crim on July 15, 2015 in great commandment
After a good night of rest, BOUNCERS were up and working early this morning in the Oklahoma City and Moore area. They were eager to go back out into the community and continue showing the love of Christ to their homeowners. The BOUNCERS are having fun at the worksites as they are able to meet and form friendships with students from all across the state of Texas.
Many media outlets have been covering BOUNCE so far this week. Two television stations, a newspaper and a radio station have all come to worksites to interview students and feature BOUNCE! They've been able to communicate the heart of service that BOUNCERS have to the...
Work in Moore Has Begun
by Kyle Crim on July 15, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCERS were out and about at the crack of dawn to kick off their week with GO TIME! Go Time is a time where all BOUNCERS meet together in the morning, pray and are sent off the begin work. A total of fifteen ministry teams and over 150 students and leaders were sent out into the Oklahoma City and Moore area to spread the love of Jesus to the community.
Topanga Fagan, a 15 year-old from FBC Cisco, says she wants to be a missionary when she grows up. This week, she hopes to hear from God and that she can narrow her choices as far as what, exactly, God will call her to do.
BOUNCERS made it through the hottest day of the year so far...
Moore BOUNCERS Have Arrived
by Kyle Crim on July 14, 2015 in great commandment
All of our participants have arrived safely in Moore! All of them appear to be excited to spend the week aiding Moore residents in long-term disaster recovery. We welcomed 150 students through the doors of Emmaus Baptist Church. We have a total of six churches that brought BOUNCERS this week. The churches participating are Baptist Temple of San Antonio, First Baptist Church Cisco, First Baptist Church El Paso, First Baptist Church Ponder, McQueeny Baptist Church and South Main Baptist Church of Pasadena.
Groups drove for hours to get here and were excited to finally arrive in Moore. They are eager to encounter God this week and to...
First Disaster Recovery BOUNCE of the Summer Mission Kicks Off Tomorrow!
by Kyle Crim on July 12, 2015 in great commandment
We had a great week in Waco last week and the BOUNCE staff is excited to welcome our BOUNCERS who will be serving in Moore, Oklahoma! BOUNCERS will be arriving tomorrow afternoon. We are expecting about 150 students and leaders for our Moore mission. Churches participating in this week of BOUNCE are Baptist Temple of San Antonio, First Baptist Church Cisco, First Baptist Church El Paso, First Baptist Church Ponder, McQueeny Baptist Church and South Main Baptist Church of Pasadena. Students and staff will be lodged and fed at Emmaus Baptist Church in Moore
This week, teams will be working in long-term disaster recovery efforts as...
BOUNCE Waco is a Wrap!
by Kyle Crim on July 10, 2015 in great commandment
The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the week in Waco! We are proud of all the BOUNCERS who came this week to reflect Christ's love here in the city. We are very excited to say that all of the houses were completed today! A total of ten homes got either a new roof, a new paint job and even new steps and a new ramp. Most importantly, however, the homeowners were presented with the gospel through the words and service of many students and leaders this week. Homeowners were also given a bible by BOUNCERS.
Kolten Porterfield, a 15 year-old from Kingwood's First Baptist Church said that coming into this week, he didn't know the impact...
BOUNCE Worship has Been a Success!
On the third day of work here in Waco, some teams have finished the house on their worksite and the end is in sight for all the other groups. Even though students have been spending most of their days working, some highlights from the week have occurred away from the worksites. Every evening, BOUNCERS are able to worship together. In this time, students are able to hear from this week's worship speaker, Brian Pearce, as he encourages them with a message each night.
Brian has been talking about the life of Peter, which includes the failures and the triumphs. He has been encouraging the students to "step out of the boat (Matthew...
Waco's BOUNCE is in full swing!
by Kyle Crim on July 8, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCERS headed out to their worksites early this morning to continue ministering to the city of Waco. Students are learning how to do their tasks and are doing a great job on their sites. BOUNCERS from different churches are getting along well with one another. The common purpose of rehabilitating homes has really united the students to keep pressing on to continue the work at their sites.
Several media outlets have already covered BOUNCE. A television station, a newspaper, The Waco Regional Baptist Association, The City Council and Waco Community Development have all come out to sites to feature BOUNCE over just two days. They've...
BOUNCE'S First Day of Work Is a Wrap!
by Kyle Crim on July 7, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCERS kicked off their first day of work this morning with GO TIME! GO TIME is a rally where students participated in warm-up activities to prepare for the day ahead. Following this, BOUNCERS were prayed for and commissioned by Worship Speaker Brian Pearce to head into Dallas to begin rehabilitating homes! A total of ten ministry teams were sent out to work on various homes in the City of Waco.
The weather was surprisingly mild, which made for a great day on the ministry worksites, BOUNCERS worked hard on various activities such as scraping paint, applying paint, roofing, and building steps and ramps. Lunch this week for the...
BOUNCERS arrive in Waco!
by Kyle Crim on July 6, 2015 in great commandment
We are excited to announce that all of our students arrived safely in Waco, ready for an action-packed week of BOUNCE! We welcomed 138 Students and leaders from 4 different churches. BOUNCERS this week are from Christoval Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Kingwood, Southwest Park Baptist Church of Abilene and Woodridge Baptist Church of Kingwood.
Students were excited to arrive at Columbus Avenue. They are ready to serve God and see what He has in store for them this week.
Alex Penn, a 17-year-old from FBC Kingwood said that this week she hopes to make an impact on someone's life. She said that she is most looking forward to...
Week 2 of BOUNCE is Ready to Kick Off!
by Kyle Crim on July 5, 2015 in great commandment
The BOUNCE staff is busy preparing to welcome all of our churches serving in Waco this week! We are expecting about 145 students and leaders to be coming in for our Waco mission. Churches participating are Christoval Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Kingwood, Southwest Park Baptist Church of Abilene and Woodridge Baptist Church of Kingwood. Students and staff will be lodged and fed at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church.
This week, teams will be rehabilitating homes all over the city of Waco. In order to make this happen, BOUNCE has teamed up with Waco Community Development and Waco Regional Baptist Association Churches. We...
Youth help rehabilitate homes in South Dallas through BOUNCE
by Kalie Lowrie on June 16, 2015 in great commandment
Armed with hammers, power tools, paint and enthusiasm, 100 junior high and high school students flooded into South Dallas June 8-13 to help repair homes through Urban BOUNCE. The Texas Baptists Student Disaster Recovery program, which began in 2014, started a new track this year with an emphasis on urban areas in need of rehabilitation.
The students formed nine teams and worked on seven homes, identified and secured through a partnership with by People Helping People through the City of Dallas.
"Our partnership with People Helping People is a great asset," said David Scott, director of BOUNCE. "They help identify qualified...
Bounce Week One is a Wrap!
The entire BOUNCE staff is proud of the work done by BOUNCERS and their investment this week in Dallas! New roofs were put on houses and houses got new paint jobs. More importantly, the homeowners that students served were presented with the gospel through words and actions. At the end of the week, BOUNCERS presented their homeowners with a bible, a signed BOUNCE poster and a picture of the ministry team who served them. Teams also invited their homeowners to come to worship on Friday night. Two homeowners came and expressed their appreciation to BOUNCERS.
Kaitlynne Hicks, a 16 year-old BOUNCER from Crosswinds Community Church said...
Highlighting BOUNCE Worship
by Kyle Crim on June 11, 2015 in great commission
Some of the highlights of this week of BOUNCE have been what happens off of the worksite. Every evening, BOUNCERS join together in worship. It has been a refreshing time of reflection for many of the students. It is a time when students can sing praises to God and learn about His Word.
Worship speaker, Ryan Jespersen, has been speaking about the life of the Apostle Peter. He has been highlighting the times that Peter failed, but, ultimately, experienced triumph through grace. He has encouraged students to "step out of the boat (Matthew 14:29)" and put their trust Jesus, whether it be for salvation or being missional and bold in...
BOUNCE is in full swing!
by Kyle Crim on June 10, 2015 in great commission
Today was the second day that BOUNCERS rehabilitated homes on their ministry worksites. Students are getting the hang of their various tasks and are genuinely excited and eager to continue working on their projects. Groups from all different churches are getting along well as they work together to share hope with the families they serve.
BOUNCE has been already covered by several media outlets this week, appearing on radio and in newspapers. Several students and leaders were willing to share some of their experiences so far from the week. Sutton Lowe, a second-time BOUNCER from First Baptist Church Lufkin, said that he enjoys BOUNCE...
BOUNCE work has begun!
by Kyle Crim on June 9, 2015 in great commandment
BOUNCERS kicked off their first day of work this morning with GO TIME! GO TIME is a rally where students participated in warm-up activities and relay races to prepare for the day ahead. Following this, BOUNCERS were prayed for and commissioned by Mission Coordinator Shawn Edwards to head into Dallas to begin rehabilitating homes! A total of nine ministry teams were sent out to work on various homes in South Dallas.
It was a hot day on the ministry worksites, but that didn't stop BOUNCERS from working hard. BOUNCERS scraped paint, worked on roofs and painted houses. Lunch this week for the ministry worksites is being provided by...
BOUNCERS arrive in Dallas!
by Kyle Crim on June 8, 2015 in great commandment
We are excited to say that all of our students arrived safely in Dallas! We welcomed 82 students and leaders from 5 different churches. FBC Rockwall, Spring Creek Fellowship of Big Spring, FBC Chilton, Crosswinds Community Church of Hobbs, NM and FBC Lufkin were the churches that brought BOUNCERS to serve with us this week.
There is a general sense of excitement and energy around our lodging facility. Students are eager to serve the community here, as they have been preparing spiritually for this week for quite some time. They are ready to witness to their homeowners through their construction projects.
Shortly after arriving...
Bounce Student Disaster Recovery kicks off this week!
by Kyle Crim on June 7, 2015 in great commandment
The BOUNCE staff is very excited to welcome all of our teams coming to serve with us in Dallas tomorrow! We're expecting around 85 students and leaders from FBC Rockwall, Spring Creek Fellowship of Big Spring, FBC Chilton, Crosswinds Community Church of Hobbs, NM and FBC Lufkin to serve with us this week. Students and staff will be lodged at Duncanville's First Baptist Church and will be rehabilitating homes in Dallas.
BOUNCE has also partnered with The City of Dallas' People Helping People and Dallas Baptist Association Churches to help make this week possible. We cannot express enough gratitude to our partners.
BOUNCE students bring hope of restoration to South Austin
by Leah Reynolds on March 17, 2015 in great commandment
AUSTIN—Chris Rubs was cleaning his garage on the night of October 31, 2013, unaware that outside his door, torrential rains had caused the neighborhood creek to overflow.
He suddenly heard screams coming from outside and opened the door to find an unnerving sight: floodwaters were engulfing his neighborhood and neighbors were chasing after a little girl who had been swept off her feet by the rapids. Together, with other men and the help of a chain-link fence that snagged the girl's clothing, Rubs helped bring her home to safe arms.
Once he waded through water back to his own home, Rubs crawled through a window to get inside, where...
Student volunteers help West Bounce to recovery
by Tyler Agnew on June 23, 2014 in bounce
Ninety-degree weather, manual labor and full workdays all completed with an attitude of bringing restoration in the name of Jesus Christ -- that is what Texas Baptists' Bounce is all about.
"I just really like working hard to help people," student volunteer Kayla Kemp said. "It makes me feel like I'm impacting people."
Kemp, high school senior from First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, was one of nearly 200 volunteers who joined Bounce, a student-focused disaster recovery mission experience, which launched in West, Texas mid-June where the community is recovering from the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion. Churches from...
Students to help communities 'Bounce' back after disasters
by John Hall on October 18, 2013 in great commandment
DALLAS - Texas Baptists are turning to students to help communities "bounce" back after disasters.
This fall, the convention is launching Bounce, a pre-packaged missions experience through which students minister in the wake of disasters. Bounce makes taking youth teams on mission easy, working out logistics for leaders such as where a group will stay, what they will eat and what they will do on mission.
Students will serve communities through debris removal and cleanup, construction and other ministry projects that will accelerate the bounce back recovery process.
"A lot of folks have a sense of hopelessness after disasters," said...