How We Spend Our Time
Each summer the youth ministry participates in a mission trip. The destination is not chosen haphazardly. Rather, our destination comes about through much prayer and petitioning of missionaries.
Missions is not an opportunity for a vacation. It is about obedience to the Great Commission that Jesus set forth in Matt 28.
The past summers have included the following trips:
Lilburn and Clarkston, GA
This year we broke from our typical traveling trend and actually stayed local in our mission effort. There were 2 main areas of focus -- (1) Vacation Bible School at CBC and (2) Refugee children ministry with Family Heritage. For VBS, the middle and high schoolers teamed up with a large percentage of the church body to volunteer countless hours of preparation for the purpose of providing a 5 day VBS day camp for kids in the Gwinnett County area. What a resounding success it turned out to be! We were at maximum capacity! The youth provided everything from the full-on drama production to running the games to serving drinks to the children.
That was how our mornings looked. Our evenings were spent traveling to Clarkston to do crafts, games, music and all sorts of interactions with refugee children. Needless to say, it was an exhausting week, but well worth the effort! God has used that time to glorify His name, and we continue to visit Clarkston once a month. Praise God!
Italy (Naples) - Less than 1% of Italy is evangelical Christian. 95% claim Catholicism, but only 5% actually go to mass. The country has become very secular. Thus the need for missionaries! In June we teamed up with a church in Naples called "Il Faro" for 9 days and spent most of our time sharing our faith with people in the surrounding neighborhoods. What a wonderful, exciting, life-changing trip it turned out to be. Praise God! To see a trip report, please visit the "Video" tab in the menu bar.
Arkansas - Don and Ruth May are CBC missionaries who split their energies between doing accounting for Wycliffe Bible Translators and also serving to assist in overseeing The Broom Tree Refuge in Mountain View, AR. The purpose of this youth trip is to be a blessing for the Mays in various projects they have at TBTR. They were hit by tornadoes a few years ago and have need of help cleaning fallen trees, as well as overall grounds improvement. 21 members in a 33 passenger bus for 14 hours one way...gotta love it.
Eleuthera - After much prayer and petitioning of our CBC missionaries, it was clear the Lord directed us to go back to Eleuthera for this summer's mission trip. We were approached by CMA again about a need for help to reach the southern part of Eleuthera, and so we returned to help with some construction needs, as well as some other ministry opportunities.
West Virginia - this was a very unique mission trip. We partnered with a local youth pastor in Circleville, WV, named Todd Bruce, to assist in running a day camp for teens for a one week duration. Set in an old schoolhouse now owned by a non-profit, we were able to use the gymnasium for sports activities and classrooms for video game competitions (Guitar Hero, Rock Band, etc). We also played outdoor sports like paintball, ultimate frisbee, and kickball. The main focus of the camp was when we took breaks during the day to watch a video series from Dare 2 Share Ministries called “The GOSPEL Journey” (referenced above), which we showed twice a day, working through the Gospel story one segment at a time. God used that trip in many ways to further His Kingdom.
Eleuthera, Bahamas - (shown to the left) we partnered with Caribbean Ministries Association to provide support for their efforts in reaching the local community as well as train local pastors in Bible study courses at the Eleuthera Bible Training Center. The pictures to the right were taken in a Haitian village (in North Eleuthera) that truly reflected third world conditions. In addition to construction, we also visited schools and churches with a GOSPEL Journey skit created by our own team and inspired by Dare 2 Share Ministries (see bottom left photo).
Montana - our youth teamed up with YouthWorks to assist their local ministry at the Indian Reservation in Heart Butte, MT. The trip consisted of two primary objetives: kids camp ministry and renovating the homes of local residents who had very little income. Also notable on this trip was that our bus was vandalized in South Dakota and we had to rent 2 SUV's to pack our team of 14 into like sardines!
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles - we teamed up with a local pastor, Wilfred Antersijn, in an outreach for the people in his community. This trip was entirely evangelistic. We visited schools, orphanages, and even went door-to-door to talk to people about the love of Jesus.