One of the main things I love about Click Rain is our faith, family, work mantra. Staying true to our values, we offer each team member the opportunity to attend a Click Rain sponsored service trip.
I was able to take advantage of this benefit during a recent service trip to Sells, Arizona on the Tohono O'odham Reservation. Eight team members piled into a 15 passenger van and drove 24 hours to the First Papago Baptist Church in Sells, Arizona, which served as our homebase for the week.
Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona.
This was my second trip to the Tohono O’odham Reservation, and I was really looking forward to reconnecting with the people we had met the previous year. You see, I had made a promise to my little friend Romeo that I would be back, and I had to make good on that promise. It was so good to see my little buddy again.
Romeo and Rohn.
For one week, the missions team traveled back-and-forth from Sells, Arizona, where our group lodged, to the village of Hickiwan, where we conducted Vacation Bible School throughout the week.
Our home base for the week at First Papago Baptist Church in Sells, AZ.
On our first day, before heading out, we were reminded by our group leader that, “We're not here to do mission tourism, we’re on a missions trip.” This message helped remind the team that while yes we were here to have fun, there was a much greater goal and mission for our trip.
Every morning we would get up around 5:30 a.m. to meet as a team and then head out for an hour and twenty minute commute to the village of Hickiwan. Once we arrived at the church, we set up the Bible school activities and jumped into our vans to go pick up students for the day.
Vacation Bible School was held at Christ Fellowship Community Church in the village of Hickiwan.
We drove around the village and picked up these awesome kids.
We also did community outreach in the evenings including a block party and several nights of praise and worship. It was an incredible time to bond with the kids and meet several of their parents.
This little guy enjoyed his fill of shaved ice cones during our evening block party.
During my first visit in 2013, the team created a fictional superhero character (Rohn Rohn the Bible Mon) that would teach the Bible verse each day. The kids loved Rohn Rohn the Bible Mon and enjoyed singing the Bible Mon theme song throughout the day.
This year, Rohn Rohn the Bible Mon made an epic return, but this time, was accompanied by a soon to be legendary sidekick, Beau Beau the Bible Boy (one of the church youth on the trip). Beau Beau helped teach the Bible verse each day as he perfected his superhero skills.
Rohn Rohn the Bible Mon and Beau Beau the Bible Boy had an epic week in Hickiwan.
We had an incredible week of VBS and made many connections that will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to Click Rain for the opportunity to go and have this incredible experience.
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Would you like to get involved in an upcoming service trip? We have teams going to Haiti, Nicaragua and Jamaica later this year as well as the Dominican Republic early 2015. If you’re interest in getting involved, you can find more information at the Dispatch Project website.