LuvBuf 2012

I’ve had 3 posts sitting in my iPad for 2.5 months. Here is one regarding Xalt’s Sumemr Mission trip to Buffalo, NY…

This year we took our students to Buffalo, NY for our summer mission trip. We partnered with The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg and took part in their west side service project lovebuffalo.

lovebuffalo brought about many fun memories and experiences we will not soon forget. From Niagara Falls and the Cave of the Winds Tour, to the Improv Comedy Team and our special Coffe Spot house, our 6 day adventure was filled with water, sweat, and incredible food.

To read more about our Niagara Falls experience, check out my wife’s blog here: Les of Me – Niagara Wear

To read more about our food, check out my wife’s blog: Les of Me – Somalian Cuisine

For a general overview of our trip, check out my wife’s blog here: Les of Me – lovebuffalo

…OR continue reading

We had an incredible time and the Xalt students and volunteers worked super hard – I was proud of them! By the end of the week the project managers wanted to make sure “the group from North Carolina” worked with them. Over a span of 4 days, our group tore down and put up 2 roofs, sided a 3 story house, landscaped a church and painted another 2 houses! They represented Xalt, Trinity, North Carolina, and most importantly Jesus Christ incredibly well.



After a long morning on the roof!

Girls Group

Girls After Work


Group Lunch Break

At our orientation meeting, they stressed 3 goals for us: 1. to work hard at your projects of course 2. to restore hope and 3. to build dignity. The last 2 goals in particular caught my attention. They continued to tell us that most of the people that live in the west side of Buffalo think they are not welcome in a church. They believe they are not good enough. Aside from being one of the most culturally diverse areas in the United States and a melting pot of refugees and immigrants, the west side is by-in-large a place of spiritual despair. During lovebuffalo, we were to build dignity and show these people the never ending love and grace of God.



What a sad state to be in – feeling like you’re not good enough to even step into a church, not even welcome. My question is “Who is good enough.” Certainly not me! None of us deserve Gods mercy, yet he still loves us and gives us a second chance. This gives us hope and helps us hold our head high. Take this challenge and share your hope with someone who needs it. Rebuild dignity with those who don’t feel good enough. Hope and dignity are two powerful allies in loving others and bringing them to Christ.


About Chase Smith

I am the Student Ministries and Worship Arts Pastor at Trinity Wesleyan Church. I have the best job in the world with help from the best wife in the world serving the best students in the world all praising the best God in the world.

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