ADVENTURES IN MISSIONS


Let me introduce you to some of my new heroes. They are called AIM students. AIM stands for Adventures In Missions (AIM), and I love these people.

AIM is an apprentice missions program for college-age young people and is located in Lubbock, Texas. When a college-age young person goes to AIM they spend the first eight months studying God’s Word and training for the field experience. After eight months in Lubbock those students spend a minimum of 14 months on a foreign or domestic mission field (and up to 22 months, depending on each student’s choice).

For the first 4 days of this week, we had 70 of these AIM students and sponsors in Childress with us. They stayed with our church families. And while here they did community work. They served, and they worked. Along the way, they blessed us.

The local paper came out and took pictures and did a story on them. Some of the things we did around town were: Scrape & repaint the Rotary Bowl (a large picnic area) at City Park, and they picked up trash at City Park and around the community. They reworked the flower beds at the parks and football stadium. They mowed and cleaned up around some senior citizenโ€™s homes and other things too. We also got a chance to have a cookout and take in a local Childress Bobcat baseball game.

This group of young people are about a month away from leaving for their mission term. They will be going to places like… Albania, Australia, Brazil, Peru, France, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Ukraine and the United States.

If you want to know more about AIM you can see their website at http://www.aimsunset.org/

You can also see more pictures of our AIM work camp here at “work camp pictures.”

For those involved with the AIM program who are reading this: We hated to see you go. You reminded us of our Heavenly Father. You could sing like angels and serve like Jesus. We loved your hearts. But I’ll be honest, I’m glad you left … you made me tired trying to keep up with you! :)

We love you, we’ll pray for you, and yes, you are our heroes!

Blessings, ~Trey

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  1. Gallagher says:

    What a great service for anyone to do, especially as such a young age. I wonder what would happen if everyone was able to participate in such an activity.

    I imagine we would all be stronger people in number and most of all, in faith!

    When I win the FHU election I will make it as a mandatory, volunteering function. That is, right after I do away with all church bulletins

  2. TREY MORGAN says:

    Gallagher … you have my vote.

    PS – Wouldn’t it be great when an invitation was given that instead of coming down front, we’d all go out the back doors and head down to the prison, the nursing home, the homeless shelter and other places as these to find someone to serve?

  3. lisa leichner says:

    I like that idea. I’ve thought about how cool it would be if we had activities like that on Sunday nights instead of services every once in a while.

    Gallagher, if you do away with church bulletins, then I’m out of a job. What ever will I do?

  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    Lisa … you could paint, pick up trash, clean, visit the prison, etc ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The pay would be “everlasting”

    ha

  5. Chris (formerly anonymous) says:

    Good day everyone.

    Just a bit more revealing of myself. Hope you enjoy.

  6. chris (formerly anonymous) says:

    http://www.chrisclouse.wordpress.com

    i thought that would show up in my last post when I placed it in the box below. sorry.

  7. Stachia says:

    The singing on Sunday night with all of the AIM kids there was awesome. On Monday at Ladies Night Out the AIM girls attended and it was so much fun to see these young ladies interact with everyone and a couple of them lead the singing for us. The baseball game was awesome. They had their faces painted and they cheered and clapped and the boys really appreciated it and there was barely any room to sit. What awesome young adults.

  8. Brian Nicklaus says:

    that’s great. my congregation in KY supports aim and the smith family.

    i had a couple of friends who did the program

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brian … if the “Smith” your talking about is “Chris Smith” director of AIM … I really enjoyed getting to know him.

    One of the cool things they did this week is they worked at the home of a lady (and mother of 3 little ones) who has been in and out of jail for drug charges. They went in to her home and cleaned, mowed her yards, played with the kids, and planted her some flowers in her flower bed. Later the mother told me that she’d never had flowers in her life. She cried as she told me how “good” the kids made her feel about herself.

  10. lisa leichner says:

    Trey, stories like that make the whole week worth it, don’t they? I’ve gotta do more!!

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    Lisa, we’ve been reaching out to this family for a while. The little ones love coming to church. They have so many things in life against them already, and yet a week ago I saw the little 6 year old girl sitting there singing “God is so Good.” It can’t but soften your heart.

  12. Mommysmart says:

    Trey,

    I know that you are tired but what a blessing. Mom and Dad had 4 young ladies stay with them. Mom said that they felt very blessed by them, too.

    You know following Lisa’s comment a church in Abilene did a “WATS” (we are the sermon) service one Sunday. They skipped church services on one Sunday and spent the day in the community. Sort of that idea of showing the community how much you care instead of how much you know.

    Thanks for sharing the story, missionaries are my heroes, too.

  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    Monica … cool idea. I like that. Wonder if it’d go over here in Childress?

    Here’s a 2nd part to that story. That won’t make us proud. I got chewed on this week by a man who was actually upset that we’d “wasted” our time on helping “those” people. His thoughts were “they didn’t deserve” our service. Would you believe this came from a man who’d been a “Christian” all his life? (Please note I put the word Christian in quotes)

  14. Bobby Cohoon says:

    I enjoyed reading this; I love reading of youth involved in ministry.

    Bobby

  15. lisa leichner says:

    Thanks, Trey, for adding to my depressing thoughts today.

    That was mostly sarcastic. (o;

    Let’s just share the good stories and leave out those people who give us a bad name.

  16. Brian Nicklaus says:

    yeah, Chris (and barbara?), I don’t know them well, but when they first came back from slovakia, the congregation I attended was one of their main supporters. They still come and do the flag ceremony every year, and at least 3 friends from church did the AIM program.

    he wouldn’t recognize my name, but if you mention Lone Oak Church of Christ, that he knows

  17. Neva says:

    Kris and Barb Smith graduated with us at SSOP–they are wonderful people. Our entire class made a covenant to pray for each other on Wednesdays–and they are still in my prayers at least once a week. They are dear, dear people who love the Lord love the mission field.
    AIM is awesome!! I wish I had known about it when I graduated from HS. When I was a single mom I had several AIMers over for Bible Study every Tuesday night. We invited Tech kids and kids from LCU and waiters at restaurants :)
    We converted a young man from Tech who then went to AIM –to Moscow on the mission field and then married a young Christian lady and now works for the FBI—pretty cool, huh?
    I am jealous you got to spend four days with AIMers–they always made my soul sing.
    Peace
    Neva

  18. Matt says:

    Trey,
    thought I might drop a line or two about how AIM blessed my life from the classes to the field time in Hawaii (even beach bums need Jesus.)

    It also gave me people in my life that have helped to shape who I am today like Bruce and Amanda, and the Henderson Brothers.

    It also gave me people like Robby Stephens and this goofy guy named Morgan Micham maybe you’ve heard of him they are guys that I will remember forever and were a blessing in my life.

    Oh yeah I also met my wife in AIM. Man I am lucky, a great Christian girl, who wants more than anything to teach the lost about Jesus, and is willing to pack up babies and sell everything and go to Africa or wherever the Lord leads us.

    love ya
    fat matt the water rat

  19. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brian … they did a flag presentation last Sunday evening. It was too cool. I’ve seen it before, but it’d been a long time.

    Neva … I’ve met so many AIM students that are such “quaility” kids. I wonder how many “full time” ministers and missionaries there are because of AIM.

    Matt Matt, the boy so nice they named him twice. Thanks for kicking in on the AIM discussion. You should know first hand. AIM is a blessing. I still remember helping you find support so you could get there. I’m glad it blessed you. Hopefully this class will produce more Henderson brothers and Matt’s and Crystals … the church needs them!

  20. Monalea says:

    I’m glad AIM got to be a part of the Childress community this week. I had 2 children in AIM and 1 in AIM now. Kris and Barbara are wonderful people. I have gotten to visit with Barbara several times and she is such a special person. Thanks for sharing pictures.

  21. Guy & Nan says:

    Hey Trey,
    Sorry we didn’t make it to Childress! Nancy and I were so sad that we couldn’t be there to work with all of you. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put in for all of us. This trip is one that Aimers remember for the rest of there life so just know that you have made a huge impact on there life.
    I am so glad that you put all of this on the internet. I am excited to hear all of the comments that people have wrote on here also. It is neat seeing how Aimers have affected peoples lives. I will send this on to Kris so he can share it with the Aimers.
    In Him
    Guy

  22. Guy & Nan says:

    Hey Trey,
    Sorry we didn’t make it to Childress! Nancy and I were so sad that we couldn’t be there to work with all of you. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put in for all of us. This trip is one that Aimers remember for the rest of there life so just know that you have made a huge impact on there life.
    I am so glad that you put all of this on the internet. I am excited to hear all of the comments that people have wrote on here also. It is neat seeing how Aimers have affected peoples lives. I will send this on to Kris so he can share it with the Aimers.
    In Him
    Guy

  23. TREY MORGAN says:

    Guy … you and Nancy owe us a visit now.

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