Making a trip like this is unique from any other type of trip the kids go on – it’s not vacation, it’s not a school trip, it’s not like camp – it’s its own thing. In order to have a more meaningful mission trip, It’s important to gather our youth for gatherings before the trip. It helps them work on group dynamics and expectations around service to others.
This Years 2017 Mission Trip
From June 25 through July 2nd, a group of 20 youth and 6 adults traveled to Rutland, Vermont to serve God in a rural setting. A good chunk of the young people had been to Queens, New York last year so this experience was different. Yet they still found plenty of ways to serve this community. The group included grades 6th through 11th. Our youth got to know other Christians from Connecticut and Ohio. New friendships began to be formed the first day! Our work groups took us to many locations: Rutland community members homes, a veterans homeless shelter and soup kitchen, 2 different assisted living facilities, creating new hiking trails, working on farms (where the food would be donated to community members in need), and stacking bricks! So many bricks! These bricks were donated to the farmers market and would be sold to support the food program, but first they needed to be stacked in neat pallets. We worked hard and we saw how God worked in this community as well as in our own lives. Thank you for your continued support of our youth! You can find some pictures here… Rutland Mission Trip 2017
Last Year 2016 Youth Mission Trip
From Sunday June 26 through Sunday July 3rd, 2016, 25 youth and 6 adults traveled to Jamaica, Queens, New York to serve God in the city! For many of these young people it was their first mission trip. The group ranged in age from 6th to 11th grade students. The trip was a great success. We got to know each other and we got to meet the youth and leaders from other churches from Indiana and Pennsylvania. We also were privileged to serve at 2 different assisted living facilities, 2 different city gardens as well as working in parks. We ran a soup kitchen one night as well as a community barbecue. We got to see God’s presence in all of these locations and we talked about God’s effect in our own lives. We are tired, but feeling fulfilled. Here’s a link to some pictures from the trip… Mission Trip 2016 Gallery
2015 Youth Mission Trip
This past June, sixteen youth and three adults traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwest corner of South Dakota. They served the community in a variety of ways: working with children, the elderly, and painting/repairing local homes. All the while we got to know the people of “the rez” as we shared Christ’s love through serving. Thank you for supporting our teens as they grow in faith and in service.
Past Mission Trips Included: 2013 -Lincoln County, West Virginia, 2012 – Rutland, VT; 2011 – Washington, DC; 2010 – Philadelphia Our trips to D.C and Philadelphia were with CSM – The Center for Student Missions