Learning and Serving Together (L.A.S.T.)

January 09, 2014

2013 was a fantastic summer of ministry at Learning and Serving Together (L.A.S.T.) This mission program designed to link youth and young adults with service opportunities, helps participants connect their service to their faith. More than 200 people from 19 different United Methodist churches traveled to sites in Portland or Eugene, Oregon for one of the eight week-long summer mission trips.  Jeff Lowery and his L.A.S.T. staff hosted church groups from Montana, California, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. 
 
Each day youth were able to do something that made an impact on the lives of others, from making 2,000 lunches a day for a free lunch program in a park in Eugene, to organizing donations at a new food bank, to spending the day playing with at-risk children at a local community center. Each evening the youth discovered how the life and ministry of Jesus calls us to go beyond our comfort zones and out into our communities. 
 
Those who traveled to Portland had the opportunity to participate in a summer-long project at Bethlehem-House of Bread.  Youth helped transition this 100 year-old church into a community center.  They tore down old walls, tended a new community garden, painted rooms, and helped prepare the building to be used in a vital ministry that is just starting to take root in the Metzger neighborhood. Other groups that came to Portland spent time at Dignity Village, a homeless community near the Portland airport. 
 
L.A.S.T. is now starting to accept reservations for spring break and summer 2014. For more information go to www.lastnw.com, or contact the Rev. Jeff Lowery at revjlow@yahoo.com, or (541) 654-1878.