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Regional Ministry: Reaching the Region
Reaching the Region is where we partner with churches and organizations of another community, within a few hours drive for us, for a weekend of outreach and service. This partnership is designed such that our team will come along side their team and encourage them and help them in a collaborated effort to minister to the needs of the people of their community.
This is what it looks like as we partner with another church or organization: our team will load up and leave one Friday after work and arrive at the destination that evening. We meet and greet the hosting teams and review details of the Saturday outreach. Housing arrangement may vary. Saturday we begin our day with breakfast, devotion and prayer and then go out into the community to serve the needs of people. We will be doing things such as cutting and cleaning an overgrown yard, repairing steps or handrails, cleaning weeds out of a fence, trimming low lying branches or limbs touching a roof, cleaning leaves off a roof, pressure washing a badly mildewed house, filling a pothole in a driveway, installing handicap bars, changing light bulbs, fixtures, batteries in smoke detectors, and many household and handyman task and, of course, food prep teams for meals; and whatever other needs may be. Most projects will have been pre-selected and necessary materials on sight.  
We will invite those who we ministered to and any we have come in contact with for a Saturday evening cookout hosted by the church or organization and/or a Sunday morning special service for children like a Sidewalk Sunday or a Sunday VBS program. The cookout will be a fun time to meet new people and build relationships and focus mostly on adults and families of the community, while the Sunday morning will focus mostly on the children of the community. Sunday afternoon we will experience something unique to the local community like the beach or a park or a museum. Sunday evening we will return home.
This is an exciting, fulfilling weekend that is designed to be very economical for the traveling team where the only expenses will be the fuel, some food and fun. People who have served in two or more Tending the Turf events are eligible to attend a Reaching the Region event. Contact us for more information about these regional weekend events.