My Spring break this year was definitely a break to remember. I got to be part of a program called Inner Pipeline where different teams were assigned to various low-income, rural schools in Wa. My team was the farthest out of the bunch. A small town called Curlew, WA. About a 6 hour drive north, where our assgined school, Curlew Elementary is located.
This program has been going on for a couple years now, so every year when the students are told that Pipeline would be coming, they get SUPER excited, since they do not get to see people outside of their little town often. (everyone literally knows everyone there)
When we first arrived at the school, we had a meeting with the principal there. He talked to us about the people of Curlew and some of the history of the students there. He told us that most of the students come from low-income households and more than 50% come with troubled families, whether it is divorce, foster care, abuse, etc. He mentioned one boy whose mother drove him to a neighbors house and abandoned him and took the daughter of the neighbor with her…..because she wanted a daughter, not a son. I was so shocked…because of this, I told myself, “You have to be a positive energy to them no matter what” because I know that they probably went through and go through so much outside of school, many of them probably come to school as a place of comfort. Little did i know, I didn’t have to worry about being a positive energy to them because they were the ones enlightening me. When we went into the first class, as soon as they saw us they yelled “Pipeline!” and started clapping (this reminded me of when one of the members who went last year told us that the kids treat you like celebrities)
The kids were so full of energy and smiles, I would’ve never known that they had such a rough life. Our main task for Pipeline was to help them each write/create a storybook and present it on the day we called, “Celebration Day”. For 4 days all the kids worked so hard to get their books done in time.
The theme this year for the books was “Snapshots” so they had to write about a memory from the past.
I made the cut! lol
Teammate Mark with a real stuffed cougar at the school!
One 5th grade girl talked about the time she shot her first deer. When I asked her who she is going to dedicate her book to, she wrote “I dedicate this book to my dead deer because it provided food for us” …….lol.
My favorite :) 3rd grader Lane. He was shy but ALWAYS had a smile on his face like THISSSSS. :]
On the day of Celebration, with their finished books and certificates.
As for outside of school, we stayed with our host family Dan, Chris (Christine), and Nicole (their daughter). We were so grateful to have such a great host family. They were awesome!
Our morning view from the house.
They had 2 dogs and 2 cats..I was a little nervous at first, but they were all friendly. When i first saw Tucker (above) he rolled over like this, and it scared me because I didn’t know why he was doing that (I thought maybe he was playing dead or something) but he just wanted me to rub his tummy…
When we cooked dinner for them on the last night! (Salad, Garlic bread with melted cheese, Ravioli, Spaghetti)
Dan recommended a milkshake/ice cream place, well one of the very few, called Tugboat. I got the strawberry sundae. I regretted not trying the milkshake though..
We went to Canada. Well, sort of…
With one of my teammates, Jisoo.
With another teammate, Mimi, sitting inside the house. We had a mini photoshoot :)
I learned so much through this program and it made me that much more excited to see what God has planned for me.
"하늘의 영광을 다 버리고 낮은 이곳에 내려오신 주
죽기까지 나를 사랑하신 그 사랑 얼마나 큰지…
우리가 높아지면 그가 낮추시리
우리가 낮아지면 그가 높이시리
하나님이 원하시는 세상으로
나 자신을 낮추는 섬김으로…
내 발을 닦아주사 먼저 섬기시고
서로 사랑하라고 말씀하시었네
하나님이 원하시는 세상으로
나 자신을 드리는 섬김의 모습이 되기를..”