One night as I lay on my air mattress waiting for sleep, I was overcome with the realization that "We could SO do this... for churches that cannot afford to send their youth to one of these mission camps!" God had given me a dream and that night the dream of Missions Here and There was born! Over the next couple of months I recruited people from our church who have a love for youth and a commitment to sharing God's love through missions and we began the plans for the first Missions Here and There. I invited several smaller (family size) churches from our diocese and two neighboring dioceses and one slightly larger (pastoral size) church. The invitation was: If they could get their youth and adults to our church we would plan a week of mission work in and around the Jacksonville area and house and feed them. I asked the pastoral size church to reciprocate and have us come to their area to do mission work in their community. Three churches responded and brought youth and adults to Missions Here and There and then 2 weeks later we traveled to north Georgia and had another week of mission work. Below are some pictures of the two weeks of Missions Here and There when 0ver 50 youth and adults responded to God's call to the mission field... Here and the mission field...There!
Missions Here and There
In 2011 I took a group of youth and adults on a mission trip that had been planned and organized by a company that provides these wonderful experiences for church youth groups. While I was on this trip I was taken by the things that made impressions on the youth: the sense that God was with them as they served others, the impact their labor had on others' lives, the connections they made with youth from other areas of the country and from other denominations and the bonding they experienced within their own groups and with the other groups.
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