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. The Mission Trip is always an exciting rite of passage which helps the youth group to grow together in learning and service. Relationships forged here can last a lifetime!
In 2013 the youth group traveled to Fresno and worked with FIRM, Fresno Interdenominationa Refugee Ministries. (http://www.firminc.org/) They worked primarily with people of the Hmong immigrant community, learning a lot about their culture as they did so. Highlights included providing a children’s Vacation Bible School program, painting and fixing up the FIRM center, and building a wheelchair ramp to increase its accessibility.
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 blogged at the Mission Trip blog.
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. When they returned to MPC they quickly mobilized to build a community garden here at the church.
Images from Past Mission Trips
The following are images from some of our previous Youth Mission Trips: