One Day, One Congregation, One Neighbor: Seattle Chinese Alliance Church and Dearborn Park Internati

There’s nothing quite like true neighborly love.

Over 150 volunteers from Seattle Chinese Alliance Church served its neighbor, Dearborn Park International School this past Sunday. For over five hours volunteers cleaned and set up classrooms, painted yellow safety lines, speed bumps, an outdoor mural, touched-up the stage, pulled weeds, spread mulch and other general yard work.

This Community Serve Day was special in that both English and Chinese language ministries held a worship service before the event at Dearborn’s gym. Sunday worship was sung simultaneously in two different languages, English and Cantonese. People prayed over the principal, staff and teachers in small groups. Pastor Roy Chang and Pastor Paul Chan shared how the church was not only to love God, but equally important to serve its neighbor.

One of the most touching moments was when Principal Angela Bogan tearfully thanked the church. Seattle Chinese Alliance Church and Dearborn Park International School has partnered since 2003. Seeing how this partnership has evolved from using each other’s parking lots to school supply and uniform drives, providing after school mentoring and tutoring services alongside Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, and now a Community Serve Day event has been simply amazing. The congregation also presented a $7,000 check to Dearborn Park’s PTA, effectively doubling their annual budget.

Seattle Chinese Alliance Church is committed to serving its neighbor across the street in word and deed, and the greater Southeast Seattle community as a whole.

UPDATE: Here is a video of the Community Serve Day.

-Stacy Chan

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