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Christian Fellowship Junior Class

Serving In Washington, D.C.
May 12, 2024
Community: Southeast DC
Partner: Kids Konnection DC
Staff: Annie Knott, Emma Peterson, Leah Johnson

DC -Here we are

by Emma Peterson | May 12, 2024 10:51 PM

We made it to DC and our lodging site. Everyone helped to unpack and get things situated. We had orientation and then some pulled pork sandwiches to end off the night. Off to sleep for an early morning tomorrow! 

DC -Here we are

Good Morning DC!

by Leah Johnson | May 13, 2024 6:48 AM

Get ready to put on some good walking shoes, we are headed to Arlington National Cemetery! Today we are walking around DC seeing monuments, historical sites, and museums. To prepare for this early start, we had eggs and bacon, along with some muffins. We can’t wait for the memories we will create and the things we will learn!

Good Morning DC!

A Monumental Day!

by Leah Johnson | May 13, 2024 9:01 PM

Today was a beautiful and exhausting day. We went to the tomb of the unknown soldier, walked around the National Mall, explored the museum of the Bible, and many more historical locations and monuments around Washington DC. Ask us about how many steps we walked, you will be shocked by the highest step count! It’s a day our class will never forget. 

A Monumental Day!

What Surprised you Today?

by Emma Peterson | May 13, 2024 9:25 PM

For debrief this evening we were asked the question, “what surprised you about today?” The day was full of surprises. Here are some of the responses we shared:

“The Bible Museum and the Hebrew exhibit and how it was immersive and interactive,

there are more food trucks than expected, how big the monuments were, the amount of sirens (28), everyone here is a tourist, the reflection pool was so shallow, how compact dc is, how structured the soldiers at the tomb of the unknown soldier were, you can get close to the animals in the city, how reverent people are and respectful, how positive everybody stayed all day long and cared for one another,

that there even is a Bible Museum in DC and it is in the center of the mall.”


What Surprised you Today?

Following God’s Call

by Emma Peterson | May 13, 2024 9:28 PM

To end the night, we had student-led worship by these three awesome students! Annie shared about Abraham and how God called Abraham without Abraham knowing the final destination, yet still, Abraham obeyed God. The question we were left with was, “Can you be all in?” Just like Abraham was all in for where God called him, are we willing to do the same and follow where God calls us?
Following God’s Call

White House Mornings

by Emma Peterson | May 14, 2024 7:27 PM

We had a great breakfast and relational training this morning. Then it was off to the White House! There was tons of secret service around. Though it was just the Eastern wing that we saw, it was cool to see such a fancy and historical house!

White House Mornings

Is it Christmas?

by Emma Peterson | May 14, 2024 7:29 PM

Merry Christmas from the Gate Post! We helped to clean and organize through lots of supplies at our lodging site, stay tuned to see the friend we made! 
Is it Christmas?

New Friends

by Emma Peterson | May 14, 2024 7:30 PM

Here we are with our little friend, Mr. Minion!
New Friends

Spoons, Games, and Laughs!

by Emma Peterson | May 14, 2024 7:32 PM

Before dinner, we had the chance to enjoy some different card games and even played an intense game of Spoons! The competition was nice but the company was even nicer! The laughs could be heard rooms over. 
Spoons, Games, and Laughs!

Gate Post

by Emma Peterson | May 15, 2024 9:13 AM

Serving this morning at the Gate Post (lodging) while the other half of us went to Martha’s Table to serve. So far, this morning we have cleaned and organized through a closet where they hold their karate gear! Another small group is working down stairs on “story boards” (more to come with this). The Gate Post is used as a center for different types of youth outreach/ministry from helping teenagers write resumes to teaching karate to the youth. 

Gate Post

Let’s go Shopping!

by Leah Johnson | May 15, 2024 9:55 AM

Today our team split into two groups. The Martha’s Table team is serving today at the daily market where locals can come and get fresh produce at no cost. This area in DC is considered a “food desert”, there are only 3 grocery stores for 150,000 people. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and serve the local people! We are so excited and ready for the market to begin!

Let’s go Shopping!

Cleaning up the Capital

by Leah Johnson | May 15, 2024 1:06 PM

Today went a little different than expected. At the Gatepost, a dumpster was going to arrive for clean up. But, things didn’t work out so we organized another area in the building. We even found an American flag and folded it properly!

Cleaning up the Capital

Team Martha’s

by Emma Peterson | May 15, 2024 3:27 PM

During the second half of the day, 8 of us left The Gate Post and served at Martha’s table. Here is Wyatt at the onion station!

Team Martha’s

Team Martha’s

by Emma Peterson | May 15, 2024 3:28 PM

Of course we had to get a group photo at the end of our shift! Go team! 
Team Martha’s

Fun, Games, and Songs!

by Leah Johnson | May 15, 2024 3:57 PM

Today we’re preparing for Sidewalk Sunday School with Kids Konnection! There will be fun, games, songs, and lessons!

Fun, Games, and Songs!

Go Team!

by Leah Johnson | May 15, 2024 8:25 PM

We finally managed to get a group photo with the whole team and Ms. Sherrita! 

Go Team!

Chick-Fil-A

by Emma Peterson | May 15, 2024 9:46 PM

Chick-fil-A for dinner was a blessing. We ate many nuggets and chicken sandwiches. We also had mac n cheese. It was prime!

Chick-Fil-A

Helping out the Community

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 9:41 AM

Today we are serving with Seabury Resources for Aging. They are an agency that assist the elderly of the community with a variety of services. An elderly woman was in need of yardwork, and we were ready to jump in and help!

Helping out the Community

Weed Love for You to Look at this!

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 9:46 AM

We are starting with pulling weeds around the edges of the yard. It’s a sunny, breezy day!
Weed Love for You to Look at this!

Seabury Smiles

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 10:05 AM

Here are some of the team with our Seabury leader, Charles, who oversees projects for the agency. He has been a tremendous help as we do yard work today. Our team worked fast and the yards look amazing! 
Seabury Smiles

The Grass is Greener…

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 10:40 AM

Our team served with joy and smiles and finished quickly with 2 yards! Part of our team traveled to another location to bless another individual with yard work. We really wanted more work to do, but Charles says we did all of the yards he had! Praise God for willing hearts that love serving!

The Grass is Greener…

Exploring the Capital

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 5:13 PM

After hard work, we headed into DC and visited the capital and the library of congress. The architecture was beautiful!

Exploring the Capital

Day 2 of Sidewalk Sunday School

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 5:17 PM

This afternoon, we did another hour of Sidewalk Sunday School with pastor Mike. We went to a different neighborhood today and there was great attendance! We are so blessed and encouraged to be a part of this amazing ministry!
Day 2 of Sidewalk Sunday School

Sharing God’s Love

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 6:37 PM

The reason why we are serving and extending love to others is because God first loved us. We have all seen each other grow closer together this week and have pointed each other to Christ. “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19


Sharing God’s Love

Bubble Gun Blooper

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 6:41 PM

Sometimes the moments where the most laughter is shared is when your history teacher is being chased by a bubble gun!
Bubble Gun Blooper

Ice Cream Party!

by Leah Johnson | May 16, 2024 10:43 PM

After a long day of many different activities, we ended the night with an ice cream sundae! It’s well deserved after all of the hard work that took place today!

Ice Cream Party!

Cleaning the Garage

by Emma Peterson | May 17, 2024 8:57 AM

Early morning garage cleaning is the best. We worked hard for half an hour to clean out everything and even found some furry friends along the way! 

Cleaning the Garage

Dumpster Diving Success

by Emma Peterson | May 17, 2024 9:00 AM

The morning was a success cleaning out the garage and all the other things which have been at Gate Post for so long. Ms S was so grateful for our help! Here is our victory photo. Now off to some more time downtown DC! 
Dumpster Diving Success

Streets of DC

by Emma Peterson | May 17, 2024 7:58 PM

We enjoyed the streets of DC, walking around and seeing more historical sites! 
Streets of DC

Exploring the Capital Together

by Leah Johnson | May 17, 2024 8:42 PM

We had an amazing day together! As we split up into groups and explored different sites, there was much we learned and experienced! We are so grateful for the fruitful mission trip we had in DC this week. 

Exploring the Capital Together

Our Week Was…

by Leah Johnson | May 18, 2024 11:05 AM

During our last meeting as a group, we each thought of one word to describe our trip. We prayed for the mission to continue once we get home. Join us in prayer over the lessons we learned and the love we gained for serving others. We are now traveling home today and will see you soon!

Our Week Was…

Continue Your Impact

by Praying Pelican Missions | May 18, 2024 11:57 PM

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