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Reflections on Summer Youth Trips

The Youth Group did two big events this summer: Montreat Youth Conference and a Mission Trip to support the amazing outreach of Broad Street Ministry. The Montreat Youth Conference is a truly unique experience for our youth to worship God and study the Bible surrounded by youth from across the region that will support you in your journey. Click this link to see and hear the youth’s Reflections from Montreat Youth Conference. The youth reflections on the Mission trip are provided below. Make sure you check out both events.

Youth Mission Trip Reflections

This year, our church sent 14 youth and 3 adults to Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia July 5-9th for the youth mission trip. In a week filled with national news of fear and sadness, I was blessed to be surrounded by 65 youth spreading God’s love through radical hospitality to All of God’s people – the hungry, the homeless, the addicts, the mentally ill, the young, the old. We were all changed God Moments from our week: (LOVE photo: Luke 10:27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”)

loveA moment for me was when my neighborhood group served lunch with Breaking Bread to the guests of Broad Street Ministry. I was extremely nervous. When they assigned us our jobs, I got the job of busser/server in Section 2. There were two other volunteers, named Becky and Rachel who volunteer there often and they were so kind and loving to me. They were so passionate about serving the guests. They showed the same Christ-like love to the homeless men and women as they showed me. Breaking Bread helped me to see that the most vulnerable people are no different than us, with talents, hopes and dreams. We are all one family. – Erin Osborne and Jay Bangle (church photo: Lunch preparation at Breaking Bread, where guests are served restaurant style with dignity and love. )

On Thursday, one of our groups was walking through City Hall and came across a man with a sign. It said, “if the two men looked like me (he was white), would they have been shot? I am praying for our country.” Our group went and sat down and prayed with him. Afterwards, an African American woman came up to us and said “God Bless You. I’m praying for your safety on your journey.” In a time when our problems seem too big, I felt fulfilled because I was praying for change in the world. And God answers prayers. – Ellen Corry and Kathy Bangle
On September 14th, we will be sharing more about this transformative week at the kick off of Wednesdays at First. I invite you to join us.

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