Monday, June 2 was a big day for the caravan of vehicles that had trekked all the way from San Diego to North Idaho. It was the day that 95 "servant leaders" arrived in Bonners Ferry with the purpose of "seeking ways to love Bonners Ferry."
According to Amanda Selman, outreach coordinator for the Horizon School of Evangelism which is based in San Diego, CA, Bonners Ferry was the only town where the group stayed for an entire week.
"Our goal for Bonners Ferry is to make the love of God tangible and real," she said. "To make the Gospel come alive and actually be seen. We are here to be the hands and feet of God in Boundary County and to spread the truth about God's love."
David Sherrill, a member of the Horizon School of Evangelism group, said that the school was originally birthed out of a church called Horizon Christian Fellowship. He said that it is like a vocational school. They meet in the mornings five days a week for bible study and to do community service helping needy people in their community with landscaping, home maintenance or other activities such as trash removal from public parks. He said they also do evangelistic outreaches. This is the third tour that the Horizon School of Evangelism has completed.
"We want to share God's love in a real and practical way all over the United States," he said. "We want to bring back revival to the country."
Before coming to Boundary County, the group spent several days in Coachella Valley, CA then traveled to Las Vegas, NV. From there they went to Pocatello and finally arrived in Bonners Ferry. After leaving North Idaho, the group will complete its tour with a stop in Denver then head back to San Diego.
While here, the group hosted a barbecue for law enforcement, spent a day helping 10 - 15 families around the county with home improvement and landscaping projects, built ramps for several residences, sponsored a junior/senior lock-in, had a free car wash, and held a church service at the new Mountain Springs Church.
Group member Nicole Bosek said, "I love it here; it's great. I had never been to North Idaho before. It's beautiful. Everyone is very friendly which is very different from Southern California. Bonners Ferry has been very welcoming."
The Horizon School of Evangelism Love Out Loud tour is being documented. To see photos, log on to www.loveoutloudtour.com