Summer Mission Trips, Why?
Working through the local church here in our area, French Camp Academy desires to expose young people who have made professions of faith to missions and outreach. Why in the WORLD would we do this?
I love what Edith Schaeffer said years ago, Children are meant to understand compassion and comfort because they have received compassion and comfort—and this should be in the family setting. A family should be a place where comfort is experienced and understood, so that the people are prepared to give comfort to others.
Schaeffer’s comment certainly resonates with those laboring to provide a Christian home for young people at French Camp Academy. We believe sharing your faith creates an opportunity for those who have received the comfort of Christ to express it to others, thereby creating greater dependence upon God by stimulating a desire and love for His Word, and greater need for prayer with God’s people. Missions and outreach also provide opportunities for young people to see the brokenness of mankind in other cultural settings giving them broader perspective as teenagers think about their own lives and personal situations; greater insights can lead to deeper compassion. A Christian home can encourage these values; French Camp Academy is this kind of home.
The summer of 2017 brought opportunities for French Camp students to be stretched in these ways by participating in a trip to Wales and New York City. The team to Wales:
- Encouraged the local church in Haverfordwest
- Led Bible studies with Welsh youth group
- Participated in worship at the local church
- Hosted Holiday Bible Club for neighborhood children
- Served at a Food Bank
- Prayed with church members
The team to New York City:
- Learned strategies to reach multiple people groups with the Gospel
- Shared the love of Christ with people in parks and common gathering areas
- Shared testimonies
- Led worship
Please pray for French Camp Academy as it works deliberately to be a place of comfort and encouragement so young ones can be equipped to give comfort to others.
Visit http://www.frenchcamp.org to learn more about French Camp mission to young people and their families.