Our annual Youth Mission Trip Auction is coming this Sunday. This is an unsolicited appeal from one of our members who has worked with our youth. She's right: This stuff matters
Read on ONLY IF:
You are the parent of a teen.
You will be the parent of a teen.
You have been the parent of a teen.
You were ever a teen yourself.
When events like this come along it is easy to think “it doesn’t really apply to me”. But I assure you if ANY of the statements above describe you, you need to be at the auction with checkbook and pen in hand.
Earlier this winter I was invited to accompany the youth on their winter retreat because their usual (and very fun) leader was “voted off the island” temporarily by her children. I was truly overwhelmed by our youth. They are fun, but they are also sincere in their faith, eager to learn and grow, really honest and thoughtful about important questions and how they live in a challenging and formative time in their lives. This was in contrast to an experience I had a week earlier when attending a workshop about drug and alcohol use in our local high schools. I did not consider myself a naïve’ attendee as I’ve worked with families in pain for 30 years, but I was heart-sick and very saddened by what I heard. Our kids are growing up in the midst of demanding realities.
With that experience fresh on my mind I spent a couple of days with some incredible kids – your kids, grandkids, neighbors’ kids. We have the opportunity to contribute to the building of their faith, and character by supporting their mission trip this summer. These kids, your kids, are making a difference now and have the potential to make a very big difference in the years to come.
Whether you can contribute the cost of one student’s trip or the cost of one student’s lunch, you are giving a significant gift to the future of New Hope’s kids, the kids of St. Louis and who knows where that will lead when placed in God’s hands.