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Canyonville Academy

Serving In San Francisco, CA
March 23, 2019
Community: East Bay Area
Partner: Bay Hills Community Church-Worship Ctr, Courthouse Ministries-Richmond Courthouse, Sherwood Forest Free Will Baptist, Shields-Reid Community Center
Staff: Sonia Veliz

Arrived!

by Jessica Lynch | March 23, 2019 10:59 PM

The team has arrived a few hours ago! Everything has been settled for the evening and the team is ready for an amazing week ahead of them filled with God’s love. Please be praying for this team and for the spiritual growth that will take place in their hearts. Feel free to write comments for your loved ones too see!

Arrived!

Orientation!

by Jessica Lynch | March 23, 2019 11:39 PM

The team is getting to know more on what serving with Praying Pelicans is all about. We’ve discussed how important devotional time is to be able to really engage in a prayer relationship with Jesus and listen to what He is speaking to us. We’ve also emphazied how God really does have a plan and purpose for each and every one of the individuals here on this trip! We’re all looking forward to the week ahead and God’s plan!

Orientation!

Preparing for our first outreach!

by Sonia Veliz | March 24, 2019 1:59 AM

Today is our first day and we are already preparing and getting ready to serve. We made sandwiches for those in need, wrote a special note and message (including bible verses) on the bags that we will be distributing tomorrow afternoon after church. Ready to spread seeds of love, hope and kindness.

Preparing for our first outreach!

Sunday morning- Sharing life stories!

by Sonia Veliz | March 24, 2019 12:40 PM

This morning we woke up early to have devo time, then breakfast and now having a beautiful time to share each other’s stories, and pray for one another. Preparing for our first outreach day so that we can be ready to pray for others as we serve in the community. 

For many of us this is the first time we pray out loud. 

Sunday morning- Sharing life stories!

Church service at Bay Hills community church!

by Sonia Veliz | March 24, 2019 10:43 PM

We had a beautiful service at Bay Hills Community Church where we were reminded that God always comes through, the different phases of faith we each might be own.

Church service at Bay Hills community church!

Having lunch and giving thanks in the Parking lot!

by Sonia Veliz | March 24, 2019 10:49 PM

Having lunch and giving thanks in the parking lot before we go serve the community.
Having lunch and giving thanks in the Parking lot!

Being the hands and feet of Jesus!

by Sonia Veliz | March 24, 2019 11:00 PM

Visiting different locations bringing hope and love to those in need. We visited three different locations where we had the opportunity to distribute the lunches we made. In the lunch bags we prepared we wrote messages of hope and love. For many of us it was our first time going to serve those in need.
Being the hands and feet of Jesus!

We got to pray for others!

by Sonia Veliz | March 24, 2019 11:07 PM

We prayed for those in need, brought hope, got to hear a beautiful testimony from our friend Tina who after living on the streets for 30 years, she now has a place that she can call home.  For many of us it was our first time praying out loud for others. 
We got to pray for others!

Closing our day with pizza and ice cream!

by Sonia Veliz | March 25, 2019 11:15 AM

And after a full and beautiful day we had pizza and ice cream! The pizza slides were huge and the ice cream was delicious! 

Closing our day with pizza and ice cream!

Praying for people at a local court!

by Sonia Veliz | March 25, 2019 4:03 PM

We got to pray at one of the local court houses for people that were going in and out. We took special praying requests, and closed in group prayer. We each got to pray in our own language, Eleven languages were represented! God is good! We can people people every where we go. 

Praying for people at a local court!

Group prayer!

by Sonia Veliz | March 25, 2019 4:56 PM

We closed with group prayer, we each got to pray in our own language. Eleven languages were represented. 

Group prayer!

An afternoon pouring back into little ones!

by Sonia Veliz | March 25, 2019 6:49 PM

Having an afternoon of fun, smiles, hugs, recreation, and love at the Multicultural Senior and Family Center with the children in their community. We got to play, color, make bracelets, meet new friends, play board games, share stories, get to know each other, joke and laugh. And help them with homework. The kids were so happy to meet us because we were from multiple countries, and we speak multiple languages!
An afternoon pouring back into little ones!

We are a Masterpiece- Ephesians 2:10

by Sonia Veliz | March 26, 2019 1:35 PM

We are a Masterpiece! He made us in His image, wonderful, beautiful and unique! We are special!

We are a Masterpiece- Ephesians 2:10

Making a difference at Bay Hills Community Church!

by Sonia Veliz | March 26, 2019 2:11 PM

We are here and ready to transform Bays Hills Community Church! Up by 5:40 had devotional and got to Bay Hills Community Church by 7:30 am.

Making a difference at Bay Hills Community Church!

Painting time!

by Sonia Veliz | March 26, 2019 6:27 PM

We painted hallways, offices, doors, ceilings!

Painting time!

Beautifying Bay Hills community Church

by Sonia Veliz | March 26, 2019 6:44 PM

We cut wood, nailed, put panels up!
Beautifying Bay Hills community Church

Had fun cleaning and organizing!

by Sonia Veliz | March 26, 2019 6:56 PM

We also helped to clean, organize, clean floors.
Had fun cleaning and organizing!

Having fun!

by Sonia Veliz | March 26, 2019 7:00 PM

And within all, we always have fun! Making new friends, bonding while serving the San Francisco Bay community. We worshiped, played the piano, sang, tried their tech panel.

Having fun!

Receiving thanks!

by Sonia Veliz | March 26, 2019 11:24 PM

One of the Ps. at Bay Hills Community Church giving us thanks for pouring back into their community and church. We have made a difference! 

Receiving thanks!

An fun afternoon at the park!

by Sonia Veliz | March 27, 2019 12:14 AM

Today was our second day with the kids at the Multicultural Senior and Family Center. The kids were so happy to see us. We all bonded with all kids. They were so excited to see us. We went to the park and played basketball, soccer/football, some of us were on the swings. We felt God’s compassion, love and care while in playground. 
An fun afternoon at the park!

Beautifying His House - Second day at Bay Hills Community Church

by Sonia Veliz | March 27, 2019 2:13 PM

Our second day at Bay Hills Community Church!

Getting our assignments for the day.  Ready to beauty His House for many will be impacted here. Leaving a legacy!

Beautifying His House - Second day at Bay Hills Community Church

Painting team!

by Sonia Veliz | March 27, 2019 2:16 PM

Ready to finish hallways, doors and future nursery room!

Painting team!

Building shelves to organize back stage area

by Sonia Veliz | March 27, 2019 9:14 PM

We built shelves to organize items behind stage. Cleared, cleaned and organized the back area.

Building shelves to organize back stage area

Pastor David teaching us how to paint!

by Sonia Veliz | March 28, 2019 2:19 AM

We learned how to properly paint! Thanks Ps. David for taking the time to teach us. Future nursery getting done!

Pastor David teaching us how to paint!

Cleaning time!

by Sonia Veliz | March 28, 2019 2:21 AM

Cleaning, organizing, mopping. It is looking great!
Cleaning time!

Helping prepare for Easter weekend - 2019 Easter

by Sonia Veliz | March 28, 2019 2:25 AM

We put together invite cards for Easter weekend. Praying many souls, families, children and the youth are touched. Being a blessing to the community in Richmond, CA.
Helping prepare for Easter weekend - 2019 Easter

We have made a difference - Bay Hills Community Church you look beautiful!

by Sonia Veliz | March 28, 2019 2:42 AM

Mission completed! We sanded doors, painted offices and hallways, built shelves, cut wood, prepared invite cards for Easter weekend, cleaned floors, painted signs, and organized. Our work has improved the look and feel of Bay Hills Community Church and made it prettier.

Our work will impact the whole community!  We leave this week knowing that we have made a huge difference in the Bay Area. Ps. David blessed us before leaving with: 

“‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’”

‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We made a difference! Our hard work, and efforts will pay off because we made a difference.

We have made a difference - Bay Hills Community Church you look beautiful!

Creating memories at the park!

by Sonia Veliz | March 28, 2019 2:54 AM

Binding with the kids at the Multicultural Senior and Family Center is always special. We got to play with them, see their smiles, and spread a bit of love in their lives. 

Creating memories with the little ones!

by Sonia Veliz | March 28, 2019 2:56 AM

Bonding with the kids at the Multicultural Senior and Family Center is always special. We got to play with them, see their smiles, and spread a bit of love in their lives.  

Creating memories with the little ones!

Last day at Shields Reid!

by Jessica Lynch | March 28, 2019 1:59 PM

Yesterday we spent our last afternoon with the children in Richmond. It may have been sad to say goodbye to the kids, but at least they made the time count, filled with another fun day at the park!

Last day at Shields Reid!

Morning Devotional and group meeting!

by Sonia Veliz | March 29, 2019 2:35 AM

Starting our day right, connecting with our Heavenly Father should be our first priority.  He desires and wants to have a relationship with you and hang out with you in all areas of your life. Wishes to hang out with you and be with you always, not just when you need Him. We must never get too busy that we don’t have time to connect with Him. He loves you and you are His masterpiece.

Morning Devotional and group meeting!

Exploring San Francisco!

by Sonia Veliz | March 29, 2019 3:01 AM

Today we got to explore downtown San Francisco, and Chinatown. It was a beautiful day! We had some great food, great company, got to experience something knew. We had a great time with our team! Great way to close our last day. Reflecting on everything we had the opportunity to be part of. We are going home with experiences that changed our lives.

Exploring San Francisco!

Tea time in Chinatown

by Sonia Veliz | March 29, 2019 3:08 AM

Part of our recreational day included a stop at Vital tea house, where we got to taste and learned a lot about tea. For most of us it was our first time at a tea tasting! Thank you for experiences, friends, food, culture and the opportunity to share with so many and learn from others.
Tea time in Chinatown

We make it to the Golden Gate Bridge!

by Sonia Veliz | March 29, 2019 3:11 AM

We made it to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was an adventure! San Francisco you have changed our lives! 

We make it to the Golden Gate Bridge!

Saying goodbye- until soon!

by Sonia Veliz | March 29, 2019 8:33 PM

It has been an amazing, beautiful, and blessed week where many of us experienced new things, grew spiritual and got to be His hands and feet serving in four ministries: Children’s ministry, service projects, praying outreaches, and feeding the homeless. It was a week full of work, lots of effort and love where we saw and experience God at work. May we take everything we have learned into our communities, school and daily lives. May we from now on have a stronger relationship with God and connect with Him daily, for we are His Masterpiece and He has big plans for us! 

“‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’” ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We will be praying for you for each of you were created with a purpose to achieve great and huge things!  May you go into the world 🌎 and continue to be His Hamds and feet where ever He takes you! It was a beautiful week to see you all grow, and have boldness to accomplish amazing things for Him! 




Saying goodbye- until soon!

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