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Oakland Catholic High School

Serving In Tucson, AZ
April 7, 2022
Community: Downtown/South
Partner: GAP Ministries , Goshen International Church and Community Center, Gospel Rescue Mission Women's Center, Hope City Church Tucson, Tucson Refugee Ministry
Staff: Haley Sanchez, Julia Haefs, Joshua Bybee

We Have Arrived!

by Julia Haefs | April 8, 2022 11:08 AM

The team has arrived! We are ready to begin our week of ministry and are so excited to see how God is going to work in and through us as we serve!

We Have Arrived!

Goshen International

by Julia Haefs | April 8, 2022 4:55 PM

This morning we were able to serve at Goshen by painting, landscaping, making cards, and organizing donations to help prepare the grounds for a refugee family moving in!

Goshen International

Pastor Bigimba

by Haley Sanchez | April 9, 2022 11:36 AM

After we finished our work for the morning we had a chance to talk with Pastor Bigimba and hear some of his story. It was amazing to hear how God has used his own trials and experience as a refugee to reach out to other refugees in the Tucson area. He has an amazing ministry!

Pastor Bigimba

Kids Time!

by Haley Sanchez | April 9, 2022 11:38 AM

Our group was able to be involved with the kids from Hope City Church and love on their parents by offering a date night! The group made bracelets, sang songs, played games, and did crafts with the kids while their parents were able to enjoy some time together.
Kids Time!

Desert Skies

by Joshua Bybee | April 9, 2022 12:01 PM

Today we got to serve another church in Tucson that supports a flea market on their property. All of the items in the market are donated and the girls were able to sort donations and take inventory for the market. All of the proceeds from the flea market are donated to charities and foster homes!

Desert Skies

Care Portal Foster Care

by Joshua Bybee | April 9, 2022 2:16 PM

Some of the girls got to organize and take inventory of a shed storing foster care items to keep children in foster homes. This is an amazing ministry that unites many churches across Tucson.

Pastor Tom runs an incredible ministry that has such an impact on the lives of kids in Tucson. What a privilege it was to serve with this ministry and be able to bless these children. 

Care Portal Foster Care

Homeless Ministry

by Haley Sanchez | April 9, 2022 4:17 PM

Half of the group that did not go to the flea market had the opportunity to serve homeless people in the park. We put together hygiene bags, food, and water to take and distribute to the homeless.

We enjoyed being the hands and feet of Jesus as we went out to serve, talk to, and pray with people. They were all so grateful to receive blessings, be prayed over, and just have someone to listen to them. It was a beautiful time of ministry!

Homeless Ministry

Pastor Tom

by Haley Sanchez | April 9, 2022 4:23 PM

After our morning of service we all gathered for lunch at Desert Sky church where Pastor Tom, the director of the Care Portal, shared his incredible testimony of God’s grace shown to him in his life. What a powerful story of redemption and testimony of how the Lord uses our stories for His glory and for the food of those who love Him. 

Pastor Tom

Time for Barbecue!

by Haley Sanchez | April 9, 2022 7:45 PM

This afternoon we worked with the local church, Hope City, in partnership with the local food pantry, to host a barbecue. We worked in stations greeting, grilling, serving, and enjoying time talking with the guests coming through! 

Time for Barbecue!

Church Service

by Haley Sanchez | April 10, 2022 6:51 PM

This morning our group participated in Hope City Church’s service. We really enjoyed the time of song and worship. Pastor Jeff shared about the importance of solitude and listening to God's voice in your life. 

Church Service

Muscle Time

by Haley Sanchez | April 10, 2022 8:05 PM

Today we got to partner with Hope City and Pastor Jeff to deliver furniture to some families in the community. The girls worked hard lifting and loading and were able to bless a family. 

Muscle Time

Dutch Bros

by Haley Sanchez | April 10, 2022 8:06 PM

After their hard work, we stopped to treat the girls to a local delicacy: Dutch Bros!
Dutch Bros

Gospel Rescue Mission

by Julia Bybee | April 12, 2022 12:09 AM

We started our day at Gospel Rescue Mission! Gospel Rescue Mission is an amazing ministry that provides basic needs like shelter and food and they also provide an addiction recovery program, long-term housing, employment, and life skills.

This Friday they are hosting an Easter celebration where they plan to feed over 2,000 individuals. We were able to serve by prepping food in the kitchen as well as making decorations to decorate the tables for Friday! We had such a wonderful morning at an amazing ministry! 

Gospel Rescue Mission

GAP Ministries

by Haley Sanchez | April 12, 2022 12:19 AM

This afternoon we served at GAP Ministries, an organization that serves foster children and their families in the Tucson area. This ministry relies heavily on volunteers to serve the community.

Our team divided into teams to serve in the kitchen and the warehouse to help do the hard work behind the scenes that helps provide food, supplies, and services for these foster families as well as others in the community!

GAP Ministries

Hearts of Worship

by Haley Sanchez | April 12, 2022 1:39 AM

Tonight our group got to enjoy spontaneous praise and worship with the worship team as they practiced. The Holy Spirit moved in such an organic way to create an atmosphere of worship that drew our hearts closer to Him. What freedom we can experience when we release our burdens to Him and what a gift to join together with the local church to sing songs of praise to our God. He is so good!

Hearts of Worship

Hearts of Worship

by Haley Sanchez | April 12, 2022 1:49 AM

Sabino Canyon

by Haley Sanchez | April 13, 2022 1:32 AM

Today we spent our last day decompressing after a week hard at work! We got to go to Sabino Canyon to hike and enjoy the beauty of the desert views. 

Sabino Canyon


by Haley Sanchez | April 13, 2022 1:32 AM

After Sabino Canyon we went to Frost to enjoy some genuine Italian gelato!

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Pat Jaumotte

April 12, 2022 3:19 PM

Olivia, Helping others brings good feelings to those you serve. Looking forward to hear of your kind service. Love, Grandma, Frances and Dottie

Nancy Schreyer

April 12, 2022 10:54 AM

Hey Meme, we’ve really enjoyed following your mission trip day to day through these updates. You all have done some amazing work and made some great memories! Safe travels home. We can’t wait to give you a big hug! Love, Mom & Dad

Daddy Maz

April 12, 2022 9:09 AM

HI Elena, So excited to see you when we get home. I was reading from Isaiah 1:17 today: "Learn to do right: seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow" So cool that you are doing that. Love you !


April 12, 2022 7:10 AM

This is such a transforming experience! I am so glad Carola joined all of you. Ciao Tati ci manchi tanto, la casa è vuota e silenziosa senza di te!❤️

Mary Beth White

April 12, 2022 3:42 AM

Bella what an amazing journey. I can't wait to hear about it. When doing God's work we make the world a better place. See you soon be safe and love you more! God bless 💕Grandma Beth

Mama Maz

April 11, 2022 9:41 PM

Missing you and our office times together so much, E! The Lord bless you and keep you, may He make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, may He lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Good night, love!

Marylou Bulseco

April 11, 2022 9:27 PM

Natalie, Looks like everyone is enjoying the experience can’t wait to here all about it! Miss you Love Mom and Dad

Rick and Martina

April 11, 2022 5:48 PM

Athena, the Rosary group miss your daily readings . We can’t wait for you to return safely to Pittsburgh and share your mission experience. We love you.

Grammy Downs

April 11, 2022 10:49 AM

Dearest Elena, How exciting to hear about your missions projects! I've been trying to picture you in your various locations...I'm praying for you, that the Lord will give you wisdom (and patience :))...and practical guidance and safety and fun. I'm very proud of you. Love, Grammy

Pelin Duzenli

April 11, 2022 3:02 AM

Beautiful pics w happy faces! Thank you for posting them. Miss you Kezban! Mom and Dad

Lauretta Cebula

April 10, 2022 9:43 PM

Look forward to these entries and pictures everyday! Looks like your very busy helping those who need our help the most!! Aunt Kathy and Fr. Jim would be so happy for you!! Love you Boo, Nana xoxo

Mateo and TMaz

April 10, 2022 9:34 PM

Hi E! Can't wait to hear about your adventures! Miss you. We hope you are having a coool time serving. Harp + Fiddle are good.

Daddy Maz

April 10, 2022 7:06 PM

We love you Elena! Pens won the game for you today ! We are praying for you.

Mary Beth White

April 10, 2022 11:57 AM

Beautiful work! Enjoy every minute Bella. We love you Grandma B and Grandpa Jsck

Rhonda Monroe

April 10, 2022 10:54 AM

Way ta go OC‼️ Missing you, Sherdina 💖


April 9, 2022 10:07 PM

Beautiful smiles! Thank you for sharing!

Julie White

April 9, 2022 9:54 PM

Love these pictures and all the smiles!! You are being the change we need to see in the world! Keep up the good work OC!!! Miss you tons Bella! xoxo

Molly Nagy

April 9, 2022 9:30 PM

Love seeing the great pictures! So happy that you’re helping others. Remi and Shadow miss you Mary!

Debbie Haver

April 9, 2022 4:49 PM

We love seeing all the pictures and updates. Thank you for sharing. You ladies are amazing! Keep up the great work. We love you and are praying for you Rachel! Love, Mom, Dad, Ryan and Rourke❤️😘🙏🏻

Bukka Downs

April 9, 2022 1:31 PM

Hi Elena, Grammy and I are keeping you in our prayers and are looking forward to hearing all about your trip when you get home. We love you! Bukka and Grammy

Mary Beth White

April 9, 2022 10:45 AM

We love you Bella you make us proud! Have a great week! God bless ! 💕💕🙏

Kenan Cetin

April 8, 2022 10:11 PM

Thanks much for the pics. Keep on doing the great work you ladies have been doing. We already missed you Kezbancim, Love, Dad

Molly Nagy

April 8, 2022 9:56 PM

Hello everyone, Wanted to wish you all a great week! Mary have an awesome time. Love you, Mom, Dad, Michael, Megan, Shadow and Remi.

Megan Kilpatrick

April 8, 2022 6:57 PM

Hope you had a great day! We love you, Colleen. Mom and Dad

Matt Kissane

April 8, 2022 6:05 PM

We miss you Mer 🐻! Have fun and say a prayer for us! Love - Mom & Dad

Marylou Bulseco

April 8, 2022 4:49 PM

Hope first day went well and enjoying the warmth! Love and miss you Natalie 🥰 Mom and Dad

Becky Maz

April 8, 2022 2:38 PM

Read this yesterday and am praying this for all of you amazing young women: "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good." 2 Cor. 9:8 Amen!

Phyllis Scott

April 8, 2022 2:32 PM

Have a wonderful week OC. Sherdina I love you 😘

Lauretta Cebula

April 8, 2022 12:31 PM

Blessings and much love Boo!!🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

Pelin Duzenli

April 8, 2022 11:42 AM

I hope you all are having a great time! We missed you, Kezban! Mom & Dad

Mary Beth White

April 8, 2022 10:09 AM

Have a God wink week! 🙏🙏💕

Cindi Power

April 8, 2022 8:39 AM

Have a great trip and God Bless you all for what you are doing.

Jennifer Friday

April 8, 2022 7:46 AM

Hope you all are well rested and ready for a great week. Love you Hannah and be safe. Praying for a fantastic week 🙏🏻❤️

Debbie Haver

April 8, 2022 7:36 AM

Hope you got some sleep! Have fun today. Love you and miss you Rachel! Love, Mom,Dad and Ryan

angela akar

April 8, 2022 6:31 AM

Have a great week and be careful, Eliana ❤️ Praying for all the OC ladies 🦅

Becky Mazariegos

April 7, 2022 8:30 PM

We love you and miss you, dear Elena! Praying for a good sleep and a great day tomorrow. Love, Mom and Dad


April 7, 2022 7:52 PM

Mi manchi già Carola! Enjoy every second❤️

Tammy Nuzzo

April 7, 2022 6:19 PM

Have a great Week OC!

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