Agape Blitz Flyer for AB 2018 is now available. (JPEG) This year we will partner with the Village Coalition and many other community agencies to build new tiny home/house communities for the growing houseless population in our city. Since 2017 Portland has declared homelessness as “a crisis,” offering permission for agencies and groups to provide diverse solutions to this crisis. Agape has worked with the Village Coalition since 2016, to develop existing and new communities through designing, building, and installing PODS/Tiny Houses for shelter and community. Blitz 2018 teams will work within the camps and alongside residents and other agency volunteers. For more information view the links on this page.
Agape Blitz 2017 concluded with work in 3 of the area houseless camps. In partnership with the Village Coalition, Agape Church of Christ, Rebuilding Center, and individual donations, work was completed in Dignity Village, Hazelnut Grove, and Kenton Women’s Village. Residents worked alongside teams from Oregon, Washington, Missouri, and Oklahoma this year. All groups also served at Nightstrike, under the Burnside Bridge.
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Agape Blitz began in 2008 as a one day service project for the Portland community. Since it’s inception the Agape Church of Christ has partnered with local agencies, government service providers, schools, and businesses to bless our community. Theological Reflection; Joining Portland’s Night Strike; Having Fun and Strengthening Relationships
Agape Blitz has morphed into a summer season of work projects. Since it’s beginning Agape Blitz has grown from 1 day to over 6 weeks of service and we hope to expand to 6 weeks this summer. Due to the expansion of this ministry we are continuing to offer opportunities for outside groups to join this ministry and develop skills to bless their own communities
Many groups have found that local mission trips are preferable for youth/campus groups and adult mission teams. During Agape Blitz participants will balance work projects in Portland with ministry to those living on the streets, worship, and theological discussion. The intent of Agape Blitz is to empower groups to freely serve and develop local outreach plans for their own cities.
Church groups wishing to join us during this season of service are welcome to choose any available dates. Groups should plan to provide travel costs, and meals/food. Agape has availability for housing on the old Cascade College campus dormitories at a cost of $10/person per night.
Over the years Agape Blitz has rebuilt homes in a homeless camp, painted rooms for public schools, partnered with Adult Day Care centers, restored rooms and homes for local trafficking agencies, provided yard and playground work for abuse shelters and social service agencies, and helped to maintain many community gardens for public schools and community service providers. We have partnered with youth groups, Starbucks, the Timber’s Army, Portland Public Schools, and college campus organizations to give to our community. Through Agape Blitz other youth groups and churches have begun to serve in their own communities when returning home.
In 2018 planned projects will be:
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Agape Blitz 2017 Newsletter describes our most recent season of service.
You may also watch one of the our projects (partnering with Rose-Wood Initiative) mural video.