The Student Ministry Department at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church brought 8 Senior High students and 3 staff to volunteer for a week at The Hope Center.
This local missions trip coincided with the first week of Camp Wild, July 9-13. This was the first time that the young people from Antrim BIC spent a week on a missions trip in Hagerstown. Most often, young people head to other parts of the USA or are able to leave the country and go to third world nations for missions trips.
So it was a nice change of pace to have these fine young people experience ministry in their own backyard! The group stayed in a hotel in Hagerstown and had the full missions trip experience. They bonded as a group, worked together and grew spiritually as they ministered to others and were even ministered to themselves.
During their missions trip, the group spent the majority of their time each day working with the kids at Camp Wild. They took part in leading small groups, serving lunches, helping with activities at the outdoor facility, and most importantly, building relationships and interacting with the campers.
Many of the teens became really attached to the kids at Camp Wild. One of the teens, Maegan, found herself being a big sister to one of the campers during the week. Another teen, Tori, loved helping at Camp Wild so much that she returned the second week on her own to help out! Many of the teens didn’t realized how many ministry opportunities there are in Hagerstown. One teen even said, “I never knew there was such a need so close to home!”
The missions team didn’t just spend all their time at Camp Wild. One morning the group sat in with the residents during their morning devotions with Executive Director, Sonny Shank. One thing the students noticed was how many Bible verses the residents have memorized. In addition to joining the residents in their morning devotions, the team also was able to meet the residents and community guests in the evening for chapel service.
During the evening chapel the team from Antrim was able to put their talents and gifts to good use. Some lead praise & worship while others gave their testimony. Some of the missions team were part of a drama, 3 Crosses, which was written and performed specifically for this trip!
The young people also served the evening meal, washed dishes and interacted with the residents and guests in attendance.
This missions trip was a great success for the team but also an incredible blessing to us! It’s important that young people in our own community understand the need and the opportunities available to be the hands and feet of Jesus. These young people helped to make a difference in the lives of kids and adults.
Now that they realize the great need in their own community, the young people were excited to return another time to help out at The Hope Center. Matt Sargent, Youth & Family Pastor at Antrim BIC, said, “This trip was great because it helped our teens see more of the world around them.”
We welcome the teens from Antrim BIC to come back again. And we invite any other church in our area to plan a missions trip here in Hagerstown and serve at The Hope Center. Missions isn’t just a third world activity. For many American young people, their own backyard is a great place to start training to see the world through the eyes of Christ and to be the church in their community.
If you’d like more info on how your youth group or misssions team can partner with us to reach the community, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info about Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, including worship service times, please visit www.antrimbic.org