This year we did not sense God calling us to take an international trip. Instead, we partnered with the Hillsboro Spanish SDA church and a local organization, Centro Cultural, to serve our local Spanish-speaking community. Because we were local, we allowed students to participate in any part of the project that they were able to. Some students picked up a day or two, others participated for the whole week.
We helped Centro Cultural prepare for "El Dia del Niño"--a special celebration for children and did outreach activities with the youth group at the HIllsboro church. We assisted at the church´s food bank and in church beautification.
Two highlights were bilingual Friday night worship with the youth group and door-to-door sharing sparkling cider and a message of encouragement with homes around the church. Perhaps the most important part of our experience was meeting teens at the church who later decided to attend Portland Adventist Academy.