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Special Olympics

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Twenty six Westside student volunteers up bright and early this weekend to head to Liberty High School for the BB Skills Competition for SOOR — our 27th year of involvement as a school with Special Olympics.

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Saturday at Alpenrose!

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A handful of Westside’s servant leaders headed to Alpenrose Dairy for a service project this past weekend. Thank you students for all your hard work!

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Sammi Lopresti, getting things clean!

 

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Doing work!

 

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Saturday smiles.

Alumni Profile: Emily Eastburn

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Emily Eastburn, Westside Alum Class of 2013, recently finished an epic cross country adventure. Along with 13 recent Azusa Pacific graduates, Emily embarked on a 50-day cross country trek in pursuit of justice regarding the global water crisis. They are partnering with the organization Charity: Water, which builds self-sustaining water projects in undeveloped countries. The 10 cyclists and 4 support team members have currently raised over $52,000 toward their $80,000 goal. It only takes $30 for someone to receive clean water for the rest of their life. If you would like to join their journey and/or donate, find more info at RideForWater.com or follow the journey on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @RideForWater

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Westside in Thailand 2016

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What a wonderful Lord’s day at Grace Ministries. John Flores and a mixed team of Thai and WCHS students led worship, Reece Hupfer and Kerri Collins gave testimonies, and Dr. Miller spoke at this morning’s service. The presence of the Lord was sweet and powerful. Charles gave an “altar call” at the end of the service and 8 Thai students responded, with two making first time commitments to the Lord. We were greatly rejoicing.

There was also a slideshow of Charles and Yokie’s son David, who will be leaving Grace with the Westside team and flying home to Ireland, where he will take up residence. It was a special time of remembering all of David’s years at Grace Ministries, as the powerpoint chronicled his life at Grace, from the time he was a very little boy to now (age 25).

After the service we ate a delicious fried rice lunch, and then had some time to re-pack suitcases and do a pre-cleaning of our rooms. Many of the kids took one last trip down to 7/11, napped, and, of course, played games with the Thai students. Tonight we had an AMAZING buffet dinner of barbecued chicken, barbecued skewers, papaya salad, sticky rice, and a dessert bar  Thai style. It was amazingly delicious! And what happened just at the end of the meal? The skies opened up with a deluge! At first only a few brave kids danced around outside, but their enthusiasm was infectious, and in five or ten minutes, Thai and American kids alike were pulling each other into the rainstorm, throwing water on one another, and just having a blast as the skies gave us one last great rainstorm here in Krasang. It was such a blessing and SO MUCH FUN!

The fabulous meal and the rainstorm all brought some much-needed distraction to our inevitable departure. Our WCHS kids have poured themselves out here in loving the Thai students, incredible bonds have been made, and tomorrow will surely bring many tearful goodbyes. Pray for your children that they would be able to say goodbye and not experience too much sadness in the separation. Our time here has been very impacting.

 

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A BBQ feast!

 

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Rejoicing in the rain.

Easter Eggs for BTown!

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Westside is teaming up with Bridgetown Ministries to make Easter special for some underprivileged kids. How can you help? By bringing 50 Easter eggs filled with individually wrapped candy to the bins by the office sometime in the next two weeks. If each student and faculty member contributes 50 eggs, we will meet our goal of 10,000. The drive ends on Friday!

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Bring in 50 filled Easter eggs!

WCHS @ Special Olympics

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A group of faithful volunteers braved an early departure to make it a special day for Special Olympians from around the Region at the Basketball Skills Competition this morning. Athletes were judged in Spot Shot, Target Pass, 10 meter Dribbling, and Speed Dribbling.

 

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WCHS Special Olympics volunteers.

 

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Juniors Ruben Vila and Caleb Hansen rebounding for one of Sunday’s Olympians.

 

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Red clad WCHS volunteers readying for the beginning of the event.

 

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Freshmen Selah Joyce & Gabrielle Reed