Youth Mission Trips
For 30 years our high school youth have gone on a summer Mission Trip. They have volunteered in a wide variety of situations: homeless shelters and feeding programs, summer camps, Habitat for Humanity and other urban renewal sites, historical cemeteries, churches, schools and colleges in a variety of locations: cities, rural areas, and Native American reservations in the US, including Alaska. They have also served in other countries specifically Mexico, Canada and Denmark.
In July 2012, several members of our youth group traveled to Denver, CO to participate in a week-long program called “denUM”– that is, Denver Urban Ministries. They will be learning about the root causes of poverty.
At the time of this writing, the 2012 Mission Trip is in progress. You can follow along with them via the Mission Trip blog.
On August 19 the Mission Trip Team shared their experiences with the congregation. Here are excerpts from that presentation.
The Mission trip team sang “Every Step of the Way” by Christopher Grundy and Chris Singer took a solo part. Listen to it here.
Then the team talked about the trip – where they went and what they did. Due to data handling issues this portion of the presentation lost a piece and is here presented in two parts. For part 1, click here. For Part 2 click here.
The Mission Trip Team made a musical offering singin “Blest Are They” by David Hass. Listen here.
The Youth Mission Team had some moving experiences. They shared Experiences that Impacted them. Listen here.
Our youth explored concerns related to hunger and poverty, volunteering with the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon in Portland from July 25 to August 3. They served in a variety of agencies which were tackling food justice issues, such as working on an urban farm and in community gardens, distributing food to needy families through a church’s farmers’ market, and serving meals to AIDS patients through another church.
Images from Past Mission Trips
The following are images from some of our previous Youth Mission Trips: