This week our annual Sr. High Mission Trip has taken place, with our young people going to do mission work in Colorado (yes there is even a need there). We can be grateful that we have such a great group of youngsters and we, as a church, appreciate them and the adults who have gone with them this summer.
I recently read that mission trips were first organized over 200 years ago. Usually, they were intended for long term missionaries who would devote their whole life to some foreign field of service. In the last few decades, however, the church stressed youth in short-term mission trips, which encourage service to others and fellowship in Christ.
I am proud of our youngsters and pray for them as does our church that they might bear fruit worthy of the gospel. Make sure and welcome them home this next week!