Hope Youth Mission Trip 2015: Ohio Here We Come

Hello again.   We’re almost on our way to Ohio.  Actually, we will be leaving at 6:30 am, exactly one week from today.(#thankyouJesusforcoffee)   We’re very excited to go.  Not because we think it will be easy, but because we know the adventure has something to teach us.  Sometimes it’s patience, sometimes it’s to be cautious and alert because others think that road signs are optional (#pleaseletusmerge) and all the time, we are continually reminded that God is good and faithful. Plus we get to wear these really cool shirts.

What will we be doing?  I’m glad you asked!  We’ll be on any one of the following adventures according to our hosts.  There is a need, and we will go!

A Dance Ministry:

Female participants will get a quick dance lesson and then work with inner-city girls to help develop their dance skills and talk to them about Jesus. (#prettysuretheywontputmeinthisgroup)

Dog Rescue:

Participants will be playing with puppies, feeding and training them. Also helping with their website and adoption events. Kennels also need to be painted and kept clean.

Boys and Girls Club:

Participants will prepare activities, do lunch set-up, serve and clean up. Then assist in the various activities like gym games, arts and crafts, outside games and sports.

Elderly/Rehab Center:

Participants will have the opportunity to assist with group activities like bingo and parties. Girls can help do glamour nails with the ladies! Possibly yard maintenance as well.

Homeless International Ministry:

Participants will categorize, and process new and used clothes, sort and match shoes, prep products for kits, assemble personal care and first aid kits. There are also plastics that need to be sorted for recycling and more.

Salvation Army:

Participants will help chaperone children in a Summer Youth Program. They’ll help plan and implement program activities including creative arts, physical education, education, devotions and lunch. There may also be some field trips.

Kids Summer Program:

Participants will help run a day camp for the “under-served” 2nd – 5th graders in Cincinnati. Activities include assisting with sports, swimming, arts and crafts and academic help and lessons in math, language arts and reading.

Christian Camp:

Participants will work directly with the staff there starting the day with devotions then working in the dish room and eating areas. There are a variety of projects including painting, cleaning and mulching.

Food Ministry:

Participants will be cleaning, organizing and helping with food tray preparation. Participants will also be interacting directly with students and preparing activities, crafts and bible studies.

We won’t know exactly where we will be until we get there.  We won’t be bored, that’s for sure!  Our particular mission program is called Week Of Hope, which is super cool because we’re from Hope Church!  Better yet, to give hope and to receive it, is one of the greatest gifts that can be exchanged between two people.  Our  prayer is that we would fill the cups of everyone we meet with a hope that overflows, until we’re all drinking out of the saucer. (#cuprunnethover) As we serve, we receive hope too. It’s the unswerving hope that by the grace of God, we can and we do make a difference.  “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,”  Hebrews 10:22-24

changetheworldSo many times we are discouraged with current circumstances in our world and there is no doubt that some are absolutely horrific.  We can’t do everything, but each of us can do something. As we get our bags packed and get ready to go, we look forward to “our something” whatever it is!

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