Notes From the High School Mission Field
It was back to the Jersey shore this past week for a second HOPE youth mission trip. This time 35 high school students and 16 adult volunteers tackled repairs to areas near Union Beach still very much devastated by last year’s Superstorm Sandy.
As with our middle school team, the town’s people were very appreciative for the extensive rebuilding accomplished by the students..
“People kept stopping us to thank us for all our hard work,” youth pastor, Dave Falcone said. “We replaced a whole roof on one house and the woman who owned it was so thankful, she asked if she could buy the whole team pizza for our lunch.” They were also amazed how quickly the team completed their assigned tasks. “We had finished the entire list of things to do for the week by Tuesday,” Dave said. “The kids’ attitudes and stamina were amazing. High school students need a little less supervision so the adult leaders were able to work alongside them guiding them and teaching them.”
The students also spent some real quality time in small group settings during their off hours. Building their faith and honing valuable leadership skills, the students, according to Dave, showed a Spirit-led willingness to be open to how God was using them during the week.
“We had some deep and authentic conversations with the students who were able to articulate just how they saw God at work in their lives.”
Welcome home team. We thank you for representing HOPE so well and for demonstrating to others what a servant’s heart looks like. We thank you for making a difference and for following the teaching of Jesus by being the salt and light.