In late June and early July of 2012, high schoolers Andy, Lizzy,
Lindsey, River, and Miranda traveled with Ben Nelson and
myself to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern
Montana for the CYF Mission Trip. We participated in a Group Workcamp, themed “Made”, based upon the scripture excerpt from Revelation 21:5, “Look, I am making all things new”. Along with roughly 240 other youth and sponsors, we worshipped our Savior, contemplated scripture, and served many people of the reservation by repairing and renewing their damaged homes. Our group specifically worked on the weatherization and exterior painting of the home of a woman named Lois. Our servant minded and hard working youth endured record temperatures without complaint, were disappointed when a power outage and wildfire created need for an unscheduled day off mid-week, and pulled together to successfully finish their assigned projects on time (and with care to provide quality work) despite the day off. As Lois saw her home renewed, and heard of our interest in learning about her heritage, she shared more and more of her life, gratitude, and spirituality with us. We left with a new appreciation for the value of a coat of paint and the dignity it restores to its owner, for a culture who holds their spirituality and heritage sacred, and for each other and the many ways we see the Holy Spirit working in and through us.
These trips are an extension of the heart of our church, our youth representing our congregation and our Creator as they journey into unfamiliar settings with openness to the Holy Spirit and a desire to live into Jesus’ call to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt. 5). These experiences encompass every part of our youth ministry mission statement, and are both formative and transformative in the lives and faith of our youth. Thank you for your support!
With hope and gratitude,
Chi Rho Mission Trip
July 29-August 4, 2012
Brooke and Rachel, with youth and adults from HRCC, are serving LaPuente Home, a homeless shelter in Alamosa, CO. Please pray for our mission group throughout this amazing, life changing experience!