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Senior Bible Leadership Project: Lilie de la Motte

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Lilie de la Motte - Senior Leadership Project

Lilie de la Motte – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

For my senior project, I helped improve the music ministry within my youth group at church. My goal was to help volunteering student musicians grow in relationships (with each other and the Father), grow technically (regarding their specific instrument), and grow theologically (asking the questions of ‘what is worship?’). All three of these things were accomplished through a bi-monthly group called Youth Worship Community, where I held meetings, musical workshops, and meals together for those involved within the music ministry!

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Mia Cywinski

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Mia Cywinski - Senior Leadership Project

Mia Cywinski – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“For my senior project, I sought to alleviate elderly loneliness by meeting weekly with an elderly lady named Antoinette. During our visits, I would help her with household chores like vacuuming and mopping, and then we would chat. Antoinette doesn’t have many visitors because she lives alone in a small mobile home, and her family is very busy. The purpose of my project was to create a genuine friendship with her so that she would feel important and valued, instead of feeling forgotten.”

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Kylee Wiseman

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Kylee Wiseman - Senior Leadership Project

Kylee Wiseman – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My belief in the comforting power of beauty was the foundation for my senior project. I created a few series of artworks which were framed or printed and given to Meridian Park Hospital, where they can be displayed with the hope of giving patients ‘moments of comfort.’ I created watercolor paintings of birds which are colorful and whimsical, to help distract patients from their pain and let their imaginations carry them to better times, if only for a moment.”

 

Birds of Oregon

Birds of Oregon

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Lydia Povolny

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Lydia Povolny – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My project was with Grace Ministries Foundation Thailand, a place I am very passionate about. I have been twice before, but because it is so expensive, I could not return for my project. Instead, I got to set up a Facebook page to find sponsors for the new kids at the home, type up informational letters about those same new kids, run a beginners English book drive, and make a video of WCHS for them so that they feel loved and remembered.

My purpose was to give these kids three things: opportunity, remembrance and through both of these, love. Having a sponsor is a huge deal because it is a second chance at life for many who came off the streets or out of orphanages. Being literate in English is also a huge opportunity for them to get jobs and carry out their dreams, such as being teachers or tour guides. Through the video, I hoped that they would feel remembered and cared for. The message was, “we get to come visit you and see pictures and videos, but you never get to see us, so welcome to Westside!” I inserted videos of students that have been to Grace Ministries recently so that the Thai kids would know that we are thinking of them. Through it all, I loved them and the service I got to provide and I hoped this carried over to them. I really love them and it was a wonderful opportunity to care and serve them.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Jonathan Palau

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Jonathan Palau – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My senior leadership project was something that I had to discover along the way. I did not start the year with a clear vision. I began by going to a Blazer game with a class of emotional needs students. At the game I met a kid named Gabriel. Gabriel had some mental issues and a difficult home situation which made it very hard on him. I decided that for my senior project I would spend time with him and do a big brother type thing. So I went in and had lunch with him many times throughout the course of the school year and hung out with him whenever else possible. This was a really awesome experience and was good for both Gabriel and me. “

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Rachel Nordlund

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Rachel Nordlund – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My Senior Leadership Project was focused on loneliness and the elderly. Loneliness is a big problem in America and especially in the elderly. Many of them go for a month without seeing another human being! This really saddened me and I knew I wanted to do something to help. I found Evlyn Turner, a 99 year old woman living in Sherwood. I visited her once every week and helped her make a picture book for her daughters of their family history. One week I knocked on the door of her home and found she wasn’t there. I was worried something had happened to her and so I checked with the neighbors and found she had fallen and broken her hip. I visited Evlyn in rehab for two weeks and then helped her move to her new home at Tualatin Marquis Assisted Living. She is doing well now and is learning how to live in a new environment. I truly love my relationship with her and have continued to visit her throughout this summer leading up to college. She is an amazing woman, and I feel honored and blessed by God to be able to be friends with her. God is so good!!!”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Annalise Lau

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Annalise Lau – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“For my senior leadership project, I conducted a nutrition education class for teen moms. It was a two-hour event where we did many activities, talked about food labels, “MyPlate”, cooking/baking substitutions and conversions, grocery shopping, meal planning, healthy snacks for kids, and even made kids snacks! I created recipe books for the moms and baskets full of cooking and baking supplies for each of them. At the end of the event, many of the moms commented that they almost didn’t come to the event out of nervousness, but they were glad they did. The information I provided them was all new information and they were so excited to take it and use it. Most people know the saying, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” This was exactly my purpose for my project. I wanted to equip them with the skills and knowledge in the area of cooking and baking, and I believe the moms walked away with those newly formed gifts.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Elisabeth Gouge

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Elisabeth Gouge – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“I co-led a youth worship team at Greater Portland Bible Church. This involved various tasks, all meant to make sure that the team was functioning and ready to lead worship every Wednesday night at youth group. I would facilitate practices, contact team members, make slideshows for the songs, and plan events with my mentor. My purpose was to create the space for our students to worship God, and I believe that we accomplished that. And more than that, we were able to lead the main congregation in worship one Sunday.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Jessica Beighle

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Jessica Beighle – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“For my senior project, I went on a story collection trip to Lebanon with Medical Teams International where I interviewed and photographed Syrian refugees. My purpose was to put a face to the “refugee crisis” and help people connect with the individual stories of the people who have experienced so much trauma in the last couple of years. Medical Teams International and the Portland Business Journal used some of the stories and photos I collected, and my goal is that someone will see these stories and have a change of heart towards refugees.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Andrew McCormick

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Andrew McCormick – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“The mission of my project was simple, community. I sought to provide an open ear to those that are so unjustly neglected, the elderly. Through Bonaventure, an assisted living facility in Tigard, I found 120 senior citizens clamoring for the attention they never received, and I had the privilege to provide. I sat down with individual senior citizens for an hour at a time and spoke to them, and got to hear their stories. That was as invaluable to me as it was to them.”