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Team Prayer Letters


Hello Church Family and Friends,
      Every year, we send a team of amazing individuals who come together as one team on a domestic missions trip. This year we have 28(ish) students and adults heading up to Portland to serve with Kaleo ( from July 10-16th.
     We would love it if you would partner with us in this trip, whether you are physically attending or joining our home team. If you could just spend a little bit of time every morning reading about and praying over the people on our team, we would really appreciate the support! Maybe read 4-5 of the following prayer letters a day and pray. over those people? Our team has been busy raising prayer support and financial supprt and we have been overwhelmed by the response! Thank you to those that have contributed along the way.

     Would you please pray for our team as we have a long drive up with 5 cars/vans up to Portland on Sunday July 10th. Please pray for team unity, great leadership from the adults and from the students, a heart to love each handmade creation of God we come across and most of all that God's love would permeate the city of Portland and every person that God wasnt us to meet!

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       Thank you for all of your support!

Tim L.

Alex K.
     Dear Pathway,
     My name is Alex Kwan and i am blessed with the opportunity to be attending this year’s mission trip! You probably know me as one of Pastor Matt’s kids. Next year i am going to be a sophomore at Castro Valley high school. This past school year was my first year attending high school so it was spent mainly just getting to know the campus and adjusting to all the extra homework. This will be my fourth mission trip and second mission trip going to portland. I keep going on these mission trips because not only do I get to help the community and people in need, but I also get so much closer to God and I am able to witness his work being done with my own eyes. 
     I am super excited we are going to portland this year! This is a city that truly needs our help. We are mainly going to be reaching out to the homeless population. We are going to be able to have conversations, hand out food, and just spread God’s love :) I almost wasn't able to go on this year’s mission trip. I was looking at the calender and saw that the mission trip and my family’s annual vacation were both happening on the same week. I thought that maybe God had a different plan for me, but thankfully my Dad was able to change the date of our vacation. I can’t wait to see what God has in store! I would greatly appreciate it if you prayed for me and the rest of the team. Also, if you feel led to support us financially then that will also be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you.
Alex K

Alyssa I.
Dear family and friends,
        Hello! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Alyssa Iwashimizu. Just recently, I turned 16 years old. I have finished my sophomore year of highschool and will be going onto my junior year. This year has been filled with lots of procrastination, sleepless nights, endless amounts of work, etc. Though it has been a difficult time for me, I’ve learned a lot. Each day I am learning something new about myself and others. In fact, I’m so grateful for every day. No matter if it’s a good or bad day, I know God has a plan for me. However, trusting in God has not been simple or effortless. At the moment, it especially has been a challenge. I wasn’t sure if I should share this, but I think it’s important. For, I have been dealing with medical issues. Specifically, after some x-rays and ultrasounds, my doctor has found a cyst growing on my ovary. The cyst is about 18 x 11 x 13 cm. The doctors are not certain of what it is yet, but I am hoping it is not too serious. Due to this, I will be needing surgery. And to be completely honest, I am scared. Mostly, it’s just been really overwhelming. But, I know everything will work out as long as I trust in God. Please pray that I will not be so worried, that I will cast all my anxieties on God, and believe that He will guide me through this.
     I am so happy to say that I will be attending the Portland Missions Trip this year. From July 10-16, my church and I will be serving with the homeless, children, and recovering addicts. These trips are something I look forward to every year. I always come back changed. When I look back and reflect, I remember so many things. I remember all the love we not only gave, but also received. I remember all the smiles of each person we got to meet. I remember all the tears shed when we had to say goodbye. I remember seeing God really show himself to us. It’s seriously an experience like no other. It really opens up our hearts and minds. But, it makes me sad because I seem to put all that I learned to the back of my mind, when I come back home. When we all come back to “reality”. Why does it have to be that way? It doesn’t. I don’t want to forget it. That is why I really want to go on this trip. I want to come back changed and not go back to my old ways. I want to be a light to others, to let them know they are important, that they are children of God, and that they are loved. Everyone deserves to be loved and it breaks my heart that some people don’t know that. I hope I will spread God’s love, so they can spread it to others. In the meantime, please pray for this trip. Even if you aren’t physically coming with us, I encourage you all to be a part of the “home team”. In other words, to just support us through prayer. Pray that we will all open our hearts to the people we are serving. I cannot wait to see how God will work through all of us, again. Thank you for all your time, love, and support.

God Bless,
Alyssa I

Angelique L.
     Dear Pathway and friends,
     Hi my name is Angelique Low, I just finished my first year at college at Azusa Pacific University. I had an amazing first year experience and I made so many new friends from So cal, Nor cal, and many out of state students. I loved having the Christian community around campus, and being able to pray for each other for anything and build each other’s faith in God throughout the year. I think I grown in my faith to trust in God’s plan in my life rather than me own more and learned more about God & the bible through my bible classes.
     This summer, I will be working at my summer job and hanging out with my friends/ catching up/ sharing about our college experiences. Also I will be going on a mission’s trip to Portland, Oregon July We will be helping the homeless, and help children in transitional homes, working with recovery programs, praying for the different people we meet, and show God’s love to people of Portland. I have been to two previous mission trips to San Diego over the last few years. I enjoyed attending and participating in mission trips with my fellow church members. I have felt a calling to go to Portland the last couple years since I was never able to go Portland specifically due to other commitments, like summer sports. This year, I was able to clear my schedule to dedicate my time to help others, put other needs literally before my own,and share the word of God with others. I know I should be more thankful for my lifestyle and for how God provides in my everyday life! Its always a reminder after I go on a mission trip how much I take for granted and how good my life is compared to the people we serve.
     Please pray for us as we go away to Portland to serve and impact their lives in any way possible :) Also pray for safety throughout our trip! You can pray for me personally that I will be able to share openly/ wholeheartedly with people I interact with during the mission trip, something I say that moves them, my experiences/ stories with others. If you can donate to our mission trip, make a check out to Pathway Community Church, anything helps, the trip for one week will cost about $200-$250 total! Thanks for reading this letter and dedicating time to pray for my fellow mission team and me!
     Thank you,

Chris S.
     Hey Everyone!
     I hope that you all are doing well. My name is Chris Soohoo, and I will be attending the Portland Missions trip this summer. This past year has been a struggle, but it has proved to be rewarding. Senior year in high school brought so many challenges like college applications, AP classes, and of course, senioritis (it’s real!). In the end, I came out alive, and I recently graduated on June 7th! I was also admitted to my dream college, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and I will be attending there in the fall, studying Mechanical Engineering.
     The Portland Missions Trip this year will be from July 10-16. This will be my second year on missions. Similarly to last year, we will be focusing on the homeless community. The homeless population in Portland is unlike the homeless population anywhere else. Last year, we served at a place called St. Andre Basette, an organization that gave out free breakfast, clothes, and hygiene kits to the homeless population. Here, I was able to meet so many amazing people with inspiring stories. One of the highlights of the trip was being able to make and eat lunch with the homeless near the Portland Waterfront. In the mornings, we made 2 bag lunches, one for ourselves, and another to hand out. We sat and ate with the people we gave the lunches to. Throughout the trip, we continuously saw God working around us and through us. He was so prevalent, through situations like having all of our missions teams encountering the same homeless person, or through simple things like making someone’s day.
     I would appreciate it so much if you could provide prayer for me personally, and for our team as a whole. For me, I would like prayer for conversation. The conversations during missions are arguably the most important part of the trip. During the week, I will be meeting and talking to a lot of new people. I’m not the best at creating conversations, and I would love encouragement and prayer in this area. For our team, please pray for safe travels, passion, and open ears for God.
     You can also follow our trip through emails, and our daily blog! If you would like to sign up for emails, please go to and fill out the form and request to receive missions emails. Our blog can be found at We update this daily while on the trip, and you can also check out posts from past trips. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. God Bless!

Christian C.
"And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14b
     As I was praying about whether to go to the upcoming missions trip to Portland, this verse weighed heavy on my heart. It's the part in Esther where Mordecai sends word to Esther about all the chaos and destruction of the Jews beyond the kingdom walls and convinces her to take courage and stand up for the welfare of her people.
     Similarly to Esther's story, I feel like God has been challenging me, making me more aware, and stirring in me a boldness to stand up for His people. Coming back from UCI with a degree in Public Health Sciences in 2014, I never imagined cancer to be a part of my five year plan. This past year was so crazy, filled with many ups and downs, surgeries, chemo treatments, and hospitalizations. But God was so faithful, helping me push through it all, and refining me in the process. I had my last chemo treatment in March and have been enjoying being able to rest and recover.
     Which is why I am so excited to share with you about this opportunity that God has given me on July 10-16 to be a part of the team to go love and serve the people of Portland.

3 ways you can get involved!
1. Prayer is powerful and I would love to invite you to join with us as we pray for our team and the people of Portland.
Specific Prayer Requests:
PROTECTION and HEALTH: Safe travels, protection over physical and spiritual well-being.
WISDOM & DISCERNMENT: To see people through God’s eyes and to look to him for guidance and clarity on how to love those around us.
2. The costs for each team member would be around $348 for the week! If you feel led to support financially, you can get involved that way as well!
3. Connect with us and join us on the adventure! Text 81010 with the code "@reachpdx" or follow the website for blog updates from our team

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at or call/txt (925) 998-3961. I would love to hear from you and see how you are doing. Please let me know how I can be praying for you all as well. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks again for taking the time to read this letter and for joining us on this adventure! Can't wait to see how God works!

Christiana Chan

Derek I.
     Dear Friends and Family,
​     Hey everyone! I recently graduated from Castro Valley High School and will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall studying electrical engineering. This year has not been too kind on my health. I’ve had surgery on my other shoulder and was hospitalized due to a very high fever. However, I’ve since recovered from both of these and I am excited for college and my future.
     This year our team will be returning to Portland, Oregon. Portland has one of the largest populations of homeless people in America. That being said, we will be working a lot with the homeless, whether it’s helping out at shelters or by giving them lunch and just talking to them. I’m excited to be able to talk to new people and to share God’s love. Also, I always learn so much from these trips that it is worth it every time. Please pray that I would do whatever God wants me to do, big or small. Also, please pray that everyone, ourselves included, would be open to what God is trying to tell us. Thank you everyone so much for your support!
     ​​​​​​​​Sincerely and God Bless,
​​​​​​​​Derek I.

Derrick DC
     Hey everyone!
     The past year has been an interesting one for me as I’ve been stepping back a bit from ministry to re-evaluate my calling, purpose, motivation, and personal growth in the areas that I serve. In doing so I’ve also found myself with a little extra time on my hands to be more restful and take things easy. This, in turn, has also been preparing me for an opportunity I have this summer.
     In July, I will be going on a missions trip to Portland, Oregon with a group of others from Pathway Community Church. We have been doing short term, domestic missions for the past five years now with this year being our sixth in a row (the first year was also to Portland, the next three were to San Diego, and last year was also to Portland). I have gone on each trip and have decided to go again this year because of God’s continuing calling for me to reachand serve the needy. We all have this calling as believers, and when an opportunity like this arises and we move, God moves. He uses us to bless others while building us up in our own faith, and this has been evident in each and every member from each of the previous years we have gone.
     On our trip, we will be working with an organization called Kaleo which partners with a number of local Portland ministries that target the homeless. Ministries include helping children in transitional or group homes, sharing meals and praying for people we meet on the street, and working at thrift stores alongside people going through addiction recovery programs. Although we will only be there for a week, Kaleo organizes groups to go and serve week after week throughout the summer so that the people we serve really feel the impact of God’s love.
     We will be leaving on Sunday July 10th and will be returning on Friday July 15th or Saturday July 16th. We have a team of about 25-30 people and would love it if we could get your prayer support!
Please pray for:
- Safety (for travel and our stay during the trip)
- Team unity
- Our readiness and willingness to move according to God’s will
- The hearts of the people we will be serving
If you would like to follow our updates, you can view them at There you will also find updates from our previous trips!
Derrick DC

Greg G
     Hello all.
     It’s summer break, which for me as a student means many things.  It means seeing my grades for last semester (two Bs— I know I can do better!).  It means resting and regaining my energy.  It means catching up on the lives of friends and family, as well as tending to my own, somewhat neglected personal life.  And, for the second year in a row, it means I’m going on a missions trip to Portland.
     From July 10th through 17th, I am going to be in Oregon serving those in need.  Portland has a huge homeless population, with four thousand people sleeping on the streets every night.  This can seem like just one number buried in a landslide of others, as homeless rates across the west coast have risen over the past few years.  But every person on the street is someone with hopes and dreams, with needs and wants, with fears and failures and loves and successes.  For me, the most eye-opening thing about Portland isn’t seeing the problem; it’s knowing the people.
     When I went to Portland last summer, I didn’t know what to expect.  I wasn’t prepared to have my heart broken, mended, lifted, and broken again.  Working alongside men and women overcoming addictions, seeing the smiles of children in transitional housing, and hoping they can move on even knowing that this means I’m hoping I’ll never see them again; sharing sandwiches and stories with men and women who don’t know when they’ll eat again; expecting to share the love of Jesus with people who proceed to exemplify the sort of kindness and wisdom I though could only be an ideal for me:  all of these things pained me, forced me to grow, and of course I’m going back.
     It’s probably the most meaningful thing I’ve ever done.  I’ve never willfully, deliberately touched so many lives, if only a little… my own included.  Please pray for us, that we can do genuine good in that all-too-short week.
You can join the email list at by filling out a short form and requesting the missions emails, and get blog updates at — it also has entries from last year.  You probably shouldn’t try to contact me directly, since last time I never checked anything and let my phone run out of power.  Donations are welcome.
     Thanks for all your support,
Gregory G

Jonathan H.
     I hope this letter finds you well. For me, life has been full of the usual busyness. Most of my days are consumed with work (God has blessed me with a steady job at Apple for 8 years now), church (I am blessed to be a part of and serving alongside some awesome people at Pathway Community Church), family (both Elaine and I are fortunate to live within driving distance of our parents, so we visit quite often), and friends (been doing a lot of catching up with old friends, and attending various weddings).
Also, Elaine and I will be celebrating 5 years of marriage this year, and I am so thankful to the Lord for bringing her into my life. She is the most amazing wife, much more than I can ever ask for, and I am blessed to be walking through the journey of life together with her.
     But the reason I wanted to write this letter was to let you know that God has opened the doors for me to go on a missions trip this summer with 27 (at the time I wrote this letter)of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from Pathway Community Church, based out of Dublin, CA. I am excited to take some time away from the busyness of life and go on this trip to reach out to the homeless population in Portland, Oregon, by sharing God’s love with them, bring them hope and joy by feeding them physically and spiritually, and delivering the Gospel message.
     It has been about 9 years since I have last been on a missions trip (since my days as a youth leader at my home church in Berkeley, where I had the privilege to help lead our youth group on a couple of missions trips to Mexico). So for me, this trip is long overdue, and I am thankful that God has opened up the opportunity for me to go this year.
If you didn’t already know, Portland has an enormous homeless population. There is a real crisis, and the Mayor of Portland recently declared a State of Emergency for housing and homelessness this past September. The shelters are at capacity every night, and many people are forced to sleep on the streets. Needless to say, the opportunity is there for street ministry in Portland.
     Our trip will be from July 10 to July16. We will be serving with an organization called Kaleo Missions, which focuses on urban ministries, caring for the poor and needy. In addition to serving the homeless, we will have the opportunity to help children in transitional or group homes, work alongside people going through addiction recovery programs at thrift stores, and pray for and with all of the people we meet.
     The most important need for our team is prayer. Some things to pray for:
- The people that we will be serving and ministering to in Portland. May their lives be transformed, hearts be warm to hearing the Word, and hope be given to them through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Team unity and strength
- Health and rest
- Safe travels
- Please also pray that our team members will also grow closer to the Lordwhile doing His work, allow Him to lead us, and let us rely on Him for our strength.
     If you would like to follow our journey online, you can go to for blog updates from our team members. You can also go to and fill out a form to request to receive missions emails.
I am excited about this trip, and looking forward to do His work alongside a wonderful team of believers. Your prayers are much appreciated, and please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can be praying for you as well. Till next time, peace out One love!
     God bless,
Jonathan H.

Josh L.
     Dear Friends and Families,
     I’m so blessed to have an opportunity to go to Oregon with my church this summer. We will be spending a week feeding the homeless, helping kids in transitional homes, and much more! Pray for a safe passage and a blessed time in Portland. Two years ago I went on the San Diego mission trip, and that was amazing. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me this time. I feel like this trip will be a lot different, and it’s a great time to become closer with God. Any support you can give is greatly appreciated. Checks made to Pathway Community Churchare tax deductible. Thank you for the prayers and all the support.
     God Bless,
Josh Low

Keely M.
   My name is Keely and I am 13 years old. I am going to be a freshman at Dublin High, I like to do competitive cheerleading and in my free time I enjoy sleeping.
   I decided to go on the Portland missions trip during Jems camp because before camp, I did not feel God calling me to go. At Mt. Hermon, pastor Tim spoke about how we needed to put faith in God to do and feel what he is calling us to do. I wanted to go because I thought it would be a good experience to see God work through me and in other people's lives.
   I am a little nervous and I don't really know what to expect, so if you could pray that through the entirety of the trip that God helps guide me through this experience. I also ask that you pray for a safe trip there and back for everyone.
     Thank you,
Keely :)

Matt A.
     I enjoyed high school, when I was a freshmen and I was an Athlete. I Wrestled for 3 years and I received an award in Wrestling, when I was a freshmen. I played Football for 2 years and I received an award in football when I was a junior. I made a lot of friends in high school. I enjoyed going to game events and doing school activities. I received my senior award in physical education. I graduated high school 2 weeks ago and received my high school diploma. I had a lot of fun at grad night. Next year I'm going to attend DVC San Ramon this coming fall. This is my first missions trip with Pathway.

Michaela K.
     Dear Friends and Family,
     It's been an amazing  past year, with its struggles and joys- this has definitely been a tough one. Next year I'm going to be a senior at Castro Valley High School, and had undertaken many difficult tasks this past year. I thank God for giving me the strength to survive and continue to strive to do my best in school and in my faith as I am headed to Portland for the second time on a missions trip from July10-16 with a team of about 30 people. There, we will be serving the homeless community- whether it's spiritual, emotional, or physical, our goal is to embody God's love by meeting those needs. Please feel free to support us in any way that you are able. Prayer is greatly needed and appreciated, and financial aid is accepted as well. Thank you so much in advance for your prayers and support!
Michaela K

Natalie K
     Dear friends and family,
     Hello, my name is Natalie K. I will be attended this year’s missions trip to Portland, Oregon for the third time, I believe. I have been on every mission’s trip that Pathway has held so far. Every single trip has been a blessing, filled with precious memories and unforgettable moments. I look forward to created new relationships with the people of Portland. I think, for me, one of my favorite things is creating unbreakable bonds with beautiful people.
      It’s crazy to see how God works through the mission’s team every year. For me, over the years, these mission’s trips have transformed my mentality from “I’m going to go out and bless these people with God’s love” to “These people have blessed me and showed me God’s unconditional grace and love”.
     I can not wait to see what God has in store for not only the people of Portland, Oregon, but for Pathway and the team. Please pray for us as we embark on the journey God has set out for us. Any support is highly appreciated and very encouraging to us. 
     God bless, 
Natalie Kwan

Nathan C.
     My name is Nathan C. I lived in Orange County in California for most of my life, then I lived in Seattle, Washington for a year before living in Pleasanton, California, where I currently live. I am 16 years old and I am naturally reserved so I appreciate prayer for God to give me courage to reach out to people. This is my first missions trip, and I look forward to helping the community in Portland. I would like all of us to pray for a safe trip and for God to guide us.
     Nathan C.

Nathaiel K.
Hello fellow friends and family,
       My name is Nathaniel and I will be attending this year's Portland missions trips. I am have recently finished freshman year of high school and going into sophomore year. I am very excited to go to Portland this year because i am anxious to see the things tat has changed since the last time i visited. I also would like to ask for all your support and prayer as i'm asking for a safe trip there and back and that everyone will be safe while we are there. I do hope you will be praying for me and the team and that you can support everyone as much as you can.

Olivia G
    Hi everyone,
     I’m 17, and I just finished my junior year of high school. I’m really exhausted from trying to read 25 hours a week (and badly failing) but also really happy because my (weighted) GPA is now above a 4.0 (because of lazily graded after-AP-testing projects). Which means my cumulative GPA is… above a 3.5. Progress.
    However, focusing so much on school this year has made me lose focus on God, and I think going on the missions trip will help me grow closer to Him. Since this will be my first time going, I’m not sure what to expect, but I hope to help people we meet in Portland however I can.​ I would love if you kept us in your prayers. Thanks for reading this!
Olivia G

Olivia L
     Dear Friends and Family,
     Hi there! My name is Olivia L and I will be a freshmen at Dublin High School in the fall. This past year as an 8th grader I’ve learned a lot about myself that I wouldn’t have been able to do at the beginning of middle school. I’ve played volleyball all three years at Fallon and just this year our team took home the TriValley Championship, the first Fallon has ever had! This will be my second missions trip and I am ecstatic to be going to Portland again after such an eye-opening trip last year!
     Portland Missions happened to be so incredible for me, being an introvert, to get to talk to and be around the homeless. Every corner we walked there was someone to pray for and that’s why I would like to go back to continue where we left off. Now that I’ve had some experience with what to expect in Portland, I can only imagine how great it will be to serve in the “Rip City” ;)! All I'm asking for in prayer, is that everyone (including me) will have a safe trip there, back and around the city, also that we’ll truly cherish the moments we’ll get on the streets of Portland. Financially, I would love for any support to help me raise enough money to assist me on this trip. Any donation is greatly appreciated and my heart goes out to all with thanks for helping. I’d like to thank everyone who has ever supported me in doing this, and I can't wait for what’s in store. God Bless!
     With All of My Heart,
Olivia L

Peggy J.
     Dear family and friends,
     Time seems to pass by exponentially when you get older.  This time last year, Ken and I were saying good byes to friends at my old church and trying hard to put names and faces together at Pathway.   Wow what a year it had been.  God had showered me with His love each day through His words and encouragement from the Pathway family.  I'm thrilled to serve alongside my husband and many of you.   I can't believe this fall I'll have 2 high schoolers in my household.  William, now a licensed driver, will be a Senior and Timothy will be a Freshman.  I know my time with them are numbered and I plan to cherish every moment I have with them.
     The boys and I had been going to Mexico with Bridges the past few years.  We would run a VBS program at a local orphanage.  It had been wonderful doing God's work  along side my children.  This summer, from July 10th to the 16th, Pathway will be sending a team to Portland, Oregon.  In conjunction with Kaleo Mission, we will be serving at a homeless shelter.  We'll also have a chance to run a VBS program for the little ones.  You can be part of my team by praying for me:
Team unity
We'll depend on the power of the Holy Spirit and not ourselves .
Financial support for the team
God's protection
God has put this verse in my heart:
     'In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. ' Philippians 2:3
     I covet your prayers!  I can't wait to share my trip with you all when I get back.

Sophia L
     Dear Family and Friends,
     Hello! I’m Sophia L and I’m turning 16 in August and will be a Junior this upcoming fall. My first years of high school have been a great experience and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me throughout my next few years of high school. I have met many new friends in high school and I hope to make more and more lasting friendships throughout high school. Summer is finally here!! Not only does summer mean no school or homework, but there is also mission trips! This summer will be my second time going to Portland on a missions trip. When I heard that this summer we were to be going to Portland again, I didn’t hesitate to sign up and commit. I learned so much from last year’s trip, so I am very excited for what Portland has in store for me this year. I’m looking forward to growing my faith in God. I am attending this year’s mission trip because I think it’s a great way to share God’s love to those who are in need. For me, I hope to continue to grow in my faith and my relationship with God and learn more about God’s grace and the love he has for everyone.
     Please pray for me as I go on this mission trip. Pray that God will watch over our team. Also pray that people’s lives will be changed and others can see God working in us. If you can support me financially (with any amount) for the mission trip, I would greatly appreciate it!
     God Bless,
Sophia L

Susan W
     Dear Family and Friends,
     This past year, our life-group studied a book by Chip Ingram, “Good to Great in God’s Eyes”.  We have gone through seven out of the ten practices great Christians have in common.  During the seventh lesson, I was asked to lead the study on making great sacrifices.  While preparing for this study, I was led to and reminded in Romans 12.1:
     ​“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.”
     I was touched by this and realized what God was speaking to my heart at that moment.  Because of this, I was ready to say that I was “all-in” again for this year’s mission trip to Portland.  I felt led to accept God’s calling on trusting Him and to especially take a risk to see what new challenges are waiting for me.
     Last year was quite an eye opener for me as God really provided and guided the team on the various tasks our groups were given to take on.  No task was too big in that our God saw to it that we could take on opportunities for His glory.  The best part was being able to show forth God’s love either by giving out socks and water bottles, bag lunches or even by just doing yardwork for an organization, called Snow Cap, that gave out food and clothing to the lower income households.
     I would greatly appreciate your support in prayer.  Please pray that God would prepare our hearts to align with His heart so that we will be motivated to witness to others in Christ.  Please pray for me to continue to have an open heart and mind, to find the courage and strength to witness to others, to help those that need it and to continue to develop a closer bond to God.
     Thank you for taking the time to read this.
     In Christ,

Timothy J.
To Whom This May Concern,
   My name is Timothy J. I am 14 years old and will be in 9th grade next school year at Washington High School in Fremont. I love playing basketball and hope to play for Washington’s team next year. For the summer, I am planning to relax and go on family vacations.
   However, I am also going to be going to Portland, Oregon for a missions trip. I, (and the other people going), will be working with young kids and interacting with homeless people. It sounds like a lot of fun.
   This is my first time going, so I’m a little nervous. Talking to strangers is not in my comfort zone, so please pray for me to have courage and to be a willing servant to them. Please pray for God’s protection over my group, and that I would be able to feel and hear him throughout this trip.
   Thank you for reading this “prayer letter.” Have a great summer! God Bless.
       Timothy J

Tonya T.
     Hello  hello! My name is Tonya Tong and I’m 17 years old. I’m going into  my senior  year! WHOOO! The past year I have been super stressed  and flooded  with  tests,  school,  and  on top  of  that  managing  my  extra  curriculars  while  trying  to  maintain  a  healthy,  mentally  and physically,  body.  I’m  glad  to  have  finished  all  that  and  to  be  starting  my  last  year  of  high school  but  also  kinda  scared  to  be  starting  a  new  chapter  in  my  life  soon.  I’m  also  super pumped to be starting  my  senior  year  with  this  missions  trip.
     The  past  missions  trip  to  Portland  I  could  not  make  due  to  SAT  camps  and  mostly junior  year  prep  in  general,  but  I  have  been  on  the  San  Diego  missions  trips  and  those  have always  been  life  changing  events.  I  was  pretty  on  the  fence  on  whether  I  wanted  to  go  this year  or  not  due  to  a badminton event  right  before  in  Seattle  and  prepping  to  write  college applications. But I felt that God had called me to go and reach out to people in Portland.
     In  particular  for  me,  I  would  especially  like  prayer  for  energy  throughout  the  whole week.  I  will  be  in  Seattle  for  a  10  day  tournament  the  week  right  before  so  I’ll  really  need energy  to  keep  me going  during  missions.  This  is  my  first  time  in  Portland  so  I’m  not  sure what  to  expect.  I  want  prayer  for  courage  to  step  out  of  my  comfort  zone  and  to  not  be afraid of doing things I’m not used to.
     I’m  super  stoked  to  be  serving  in  Portland!!
Tonya  Tong

William J.
Dear Pathway Church Family,
            My name is William and I am going to be a senior at Washington High School coming this fall.    This year I am allowed the ability to attend Pathway's mission trip to Portland, OR.  This trip will be my first mission trip to Portland but I have gone on mission trips to San Diego and Mexico before.  I am looking forward to serving the homeless community in Portland who are often neglected by the world.  This trip will allow Pathway to be a missional church and live out our goal to "Live and love like Jesus."   I am also grateful for being able to go with Pathway on this trip, a group of very loving people.  God is going to great things in Portland and I can't wait to go with Kaleo Missions.
            I write this letter to ask for prayer.  I need God's guidance to make this mission trip a success.  Here are some things I would like to be lifted up in prayer:

1. For a safe trip to/from Portland
2. To have courage and strength to take risks outside my comfort zone
3. For the health of all the members of the Portland team
4. For God to show us ways to evangelize to people of Portland

I ask you to pray for these specific things and to unite together in the body of Christ.  Everyone that is praying is a part of the mission trip and of equal importance to the success of this trip.  If you feel convicted by God to donate to the mission trip please feel free to do so.  However, all I ask if for you to pray for myself and all the people on the trip.

William Jung
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