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In Lieu of our 2020 Mission Trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Youth participated in a Mission Box Project. The mission week encouraged students to follow instructions for projects designed to serve our community. On day one the youth made tie blankets for the Medina County Children’s Home. One day two of the youth prayed for their community while picking up trash. Day three was a day to show thanks and support for our Faith Friends Learning Center by writing notes of encouragement. On day four we made brownies for our neighbors, and day five we wrote cards to those in our local nursing homes to show God’s love. Thank you to all who donated to this project, and to those who supported and participated in the Mission Box Project!
Faith United has a long history of celebrating missions in youth ministry. The youth mission trip is a privilege that those involved in the youth ministry are able to participate in. The youth have traveled all over the country over the years to help those in need through building projects and community service opportunities.
Our 2019 team traveled to Elkview, West Virginia and partnered with Group Missions to assist local residents. The team of 12 spent the week building a wheelchair ramp, a porch, painting a roof, and painting two porches.
The Mission Trip Committee is proud to announce the location of the 2020 Youth Mission Trip: Grand Rapids, Michigan! This urban ministry trip is being offered for those ages 12+ who are planning on meeting the requirements set by the Mission Trip Committee.
In Grand Rapids, Michigan we will be once again partnering with Group Missions to help those in need. This year we will travel to the city to work with the local residents assisting in a project yet to be announced!
We look forward to seeing the good things God has in store for our 2020 mission team!
Navigator Cover Article written after the 2019 trip:
West Virginia! Wild and Wonderful! These words are so very apt in describing our mission trip this past week, July 14-21. Our team of 12 traveled 3 hours south to work with an organization called Group Missions, and boy did we work! The week’s theme was “Relentless” and we focused on God’s relentless pursuit of us. We specifically looked at King David and the example he set for us believers.
Mission trips take a lot of preparation. This year was no different, and with the added work of forming a brand new Mission Trip Committee, the work began last year around this time. After multiple fundraisers, purchasing tools, planning, and all that goes into preparation- we were ready to go!
We arrived in Elkview, West Virginia, Sunday afternoon and on Sunday night we received our packet outlining the work they had prepared for us to do. We were set to help Joyce, an elderly woman who lived in Elkview. The plan was to paint her roof with a sealant, paint her existing porch, build a new porch off of the back of her trailer, and a wheelchair ramp off of her existing porch in the front. Does that sound like a lot to you? To us non-carpentry people it was overwhelming to say the least! We expressed our concerns to our site manager, Denny, and he assured us that with God all things are possible- and indeed they are!
Throughout the week we did our best with our limited skills and by Wednesday night we had done all that we knew how to do. Thursday morning came and we showed up to our worksite greeted by 2 new crews of helpers- including (sound the trumpets) experienced carpenters! Praise the Lord! By Friday afternoon we finished all of our tasks just in time!
The experience really got me thinking about tools. As a youth director, carpentry is not really high on my list of skills. As I prepared I had to coordinate all of the tools we brought and there were several that I had to ask, “what is this one?” Looking at the task set before us on Sunday night I would love to say that somehow God supernaturally bestowed me with the wisdom to build a wheelchair ramp, but that is not often how God works. God didn’t give me super strength or carpentry skills, but what He did do was give me the people who did have those skills.
I thought of David in the Bible. God called and anointed him when he was a child! And when David took care of Goliath, it wasn’t because he was able to match Goliath’s strength that he succeeded. It was because God provided him with the tools and the courage he needed to get the job done. David had a slingshot and 5 smooth stones. Our team had the tools and willing hearts and God provided the rest for us.
This year’s trip was such a wild and wonderful experience. Our adult leaders were amazing, our students worked so hard and we all really grew and got a lot out of the worship and devotion times. I want to thank each of them for being willing to go and allow God to use them as a tool to serve Joyce and the town of Elkview.
If you are considering going on next year’s mission trip I strongly encourage you to talk to me. We have amazing students who just want to serve and grow and they will be a blessing to you! And if you have carpentry skills- even better!
To God Be the Glory!
FUMC Youth Director