Here's a YouTube video containing highlights from the trip.
The youth have been working hard for 6-8 hours a day serving people in the community. They have done everything from yard work to painting to demolition work to building stairs and decks. They are surviving the heat and humidity (barely) and enjoying making new friends and their new experiences. When we are back at camp they are enjoying sharing time, small group devotions, worship, and other camp games and activities. They were able to enjoy sparklers and a water balloon fight to celebrate the 4th and Tyler served Communion. The youth of WPUMC cannot wait to return and tell everyone about the wonderful things they are seeing and doing here in the mountains of North Carolina. - Hannah Svenkerud
Been a crazy week. We have built a porch and cleaned homes and did lots of yard work. We are all exhausted but our spirits are alive and well! - Tyler Joyner
Thanks to Hannah for sending these photos of the youth volunteers working on Monday in North Carolina.
Tyler Joyner's article from the July 2016 Link monthly newsletter:
This month the youth will be traveling to NC to partake in our mission trip/camp with Carolina Cross Connection. We will be flying out on July 2 and arriving home July 9. While in NC, we will be staying at a middle school in Wilkesboro, NC, which is in the top left corner of the state, with 3 other church groups. We will be divided and assigned to small mission teams of 6 people each and sent out during the week to work on homes and be in relationship with families in the rural mountain parts of NC. We will be doing yard work, building wheel chair ramps, doing underpinning on mobile homes and painting the outside of houses. We will also be building relationships with a variety of staff, teenagers and churches, sharing with them our great love for God and great love for one another. We will be in deeper relationship with these people in camp able to share our stories with them and learn about their lives in NC.
Carolina Cross Connection is a week long service camp near and dear to my heart. It is where I developed my understanding and passion for missions and developed a heart of service. I wanted the youth of Wash Park to be able to share in this too. I also wanted our church to be able to educate others with other mindsets on what we think it means to be a community of faith and how we take seriously a concept of God's love that is so big that there is no separation from God in any capacity.
I worked on staff at this camp for three years while in undergrad. When I came out in my junior year of college, the camp asked me not to apply for staff the fourth year... so I went to Germany instead. All in all, my love for this camp has never changed, I believe it to be a place filled with God's wonder; a place for learning what christian community looks like, to practice service and share in the grace of God with others in a profound way. I am so thankful for the opportunity to go back to camp and share with others how God's grace is actively working in my life and in the life of our church family. I believe that we will create change and broaden other's mindsets around how big God's love is for us.
The youth are looking forward to sharing our experience in NC with our church family Sunday, July 17 on Youth Sunday. Please join us after church on July 17 for an Ice Cream Social and fellowship in the south parlor so the youth will have an opportunity to say thank you to all who helped make this trip a reality.
United Methodist Church
Youth Mission Trip to North Carolina