Youth Mission Experiences

February 17-26, 2018

14 high school students and 7 adult leaders joined with teams from University Presbyterian Church and Elk Grove Presbyterian Church to travel to Honduras to work with Students Helping Honduras. Our youth saw firsthand that life is not as comfortable and easy as they are used to. Our mission trip made us think, made us more grateful for the things we have, and created a desire to help people outside of the safe bubble we call home.
Our Honduras trip was amazing! It was really hard work, and it was really hot, but was one of the best experiences we have ever had on a mission trip. The youth learned to communicate with the Honduran kids and workers through laughter and love. They were patient and kind with each other and with their leaders. The Honduran workers said that our team was one of the hardest working groups they have ever seen, even though they were younger than the college-age teams that usually come. I am very proud of our youth – and you should be, too! Their hard work, compassion, and love for other people and each other shined through on this trip. The 11th graders who went on this trip are already planning to return to Honduras in August 2019 to see the high school they started near completion.

March 23-25. 2018

Our Middle School mission team started their time at CPC where they heard from a representative from WIND Youth Services about homelessness among teens in the greater Sacramento area. After early morning pancakes, they headed for San Francisco where they participated in the March for Our Lives youth-led protest, showing our youth that their voices matter. Then they did several clean up projects for ministries to the homeless through YWAM. They stayed with YWAM in San Francisco on Saturday night and worshiped with Glide Memorial Church on Sunday morning before helping to prepare and serve Glide’s afternoon meal to more than 400 homeless people. These youth worked hard, played hard, and learned a lot!

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