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UnDivided: A Movement and now a Film

What began as a season of service became an ongoing expression of faith.

And it’s sparked a movement …

~ Documentary and Film by Lightening Strikes Entertainment

 

BeUndivided. It’s a documentary film shot here in Portland Oregon, chronicling the amazing story of friendship between Roosevelt High School – until recently the lowest performing school in the State of Oregon – and SouthLake Church – a community of volunteers who put aside any religious agenda and offered support and love to a community in need.

 

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We’ve all been there. We want to volunteer and help our community in some way. A lot of times we just don’t know what to do or how to do it. Here’s one way to do it.

As Neil Lomax sat in church one June Sunday in 2009, listening to the stories about SouthLake’s first Day of Service at Roosevelt High School, something gripped him and he decided he needed to give back a portion of the gift God had given him. Football. How could he help pass on the great experience of playing football, and make it important in a kid’s life? He couldn’t know then how it would change him, but four years later, he’s still Offensive Coordinator for the Roughriders. And he’s learned that it’s an ongoing battle. This last football season (2012), they made it to the playoffs. It’s only the beginning of what can be accomplished, but Neil and Head Coach Christian Swain are constantly learning and changing their “game plan” for growing young kids into men. Through football.

 

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It’s not about coaching there. See, it’s about mentoring and being a father and being a brother and being a driver and being a parole officer. Christian Swain is unconditional in his love for those boys. Even when they don’t show up on time, or get a D when he worked with them so they could get a B in a class.

~ Neil Lomax, Offensive Coordinator, Roosevelt High School

These guys don’t even know who I am. I had to get out one of my cards and show it to them.

     ~ Neil Lomax, Ex-NFL Quarterback

 

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He only had like one YouTube film and we saw him throw a long bomb for a touchdown. He played a long time ago.

 ~ Jerome Smith, RHS student-athlete

It was tough. Neil comes in with the expectation that he’s gonna coach football.

 ~ Christian Swain, RHS Head Coach

 

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I’ve never seen anything like it. I hope more churches will emulate what SouthLake is doing.

~ Christian Swain, Head Football Coach

The best way to convince people that you don’t have an agenda is to not have an agenda.

~ Kristine Sommer, SouthLake Volunteer

People are very clear in some cases. “I don’t want my kid going to that school”.

~ Charlene Williams, RHS Principal

In the suburbs, we are good at ignoring.

~ Pastor Kip Jacob

This is a beautiful thing. This is putting your faith to work.

~ Charlene Williams, RHS Principal

They loved me. They gave me so much love in return. And here I was just giving them 2 hours on a Wednesday.

~ Sheri Bolick, SouthLake Volunteer

To be there for he short term is not acceptable.

~ Pastor Kip Jacob

All these groups come together to help. After awhile, you just get out of the way and you just let God go.

 ~ Wilson Smith, Nike

Can you please help us find a church partner, like SouthLake?

~ Kevin Palau

It’s a beautiful story of a church showing up just to support an under-served school.

~ Kristine Sommer

Catch the vision. Are you ready to get your church involved and serve an under-supported school? Or, check out Church Serves.

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