Getting to Know the Youth

I have had the pleasure of chaperoning several mission trips with both the senior high and middle school youth groups. The first trip I attended was a senior high trip to Chicago, then a middle school group in the Minneapolis area and, recently, Sky Ranch in Colorado.

One of my favorite things about mission trips is that the kids are unplugged from their phones, Facebook Twitter, and emails. I love that they can simplify their lives for a few days and fully open their hearts and minds to Christ.

One of the things that I see during these trips is how much the kids bind together. I am continually amazed how they truly are one group. There is no segregation of age, current grade level, or so called “social status.” I love when I see two kids that normally don’t hang out together open themselves up and get to know one another. They really seem to form a special bond that continues to carry on well beyond the trip.

Lastly, I feel truly blessed to be a witness to their growth in Christ. I am so proud of each and every one of them. Not only do the kids bond, but I think we chaperones bond with them as well. Coming back from a trip, I feel like I’ve gotten to know each child a little better.

When Myron asked me to help out with painting the Senior High Youth room, I didn’t hesitate. For one thing, painting is mental therapy for me. More importantly, I know how much of a haven this room is for the Senior High students on Wednesday evenings. Many kids come early to do homework or just to hang out before Graceland. It’s so important that they feel good about their space and want to be there.

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