FirstYouth Mission Trip
July 12, 2017
Our greatest hope for any mission trip is that we may connect with each other, with God and with truth, however challenging it may be. Last week, our junior high students seized that opportunity by traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas to serve the homeless community. Throughout the week, we grappled with the unique struggles and stories of homelessness, and worked together to discern the ways we can make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by it.
During a visit to Lucie’s Place, a shelter that assists homeless persons between ages 18 and 25, the unfair and unpredictable ways homelessness threatens young adults struck our students. In witnessing and empathizing with the plight of homelessness, our privilege of security, love and belonging became increasingly evident, as did our collective privilege of serving those who have not been so abundantly blessed.
Through service, discussion and prayerful reflection, our students faced difficult truths, found assurance that FirstChurch will always be a place of home, help and healing for them, and discerned that it is not only our privilege to extend God’s love in service, but also our calling as a unified body of faith.
Thank you, FirstChurch, for your prayers and for the love and support you continue to show our youth. Together, we are cultivating disciples of Jesus Christ who readily go out into the world bearing witness to God’s love.