As the weather becomes warmer, parents and students alike are gearing up for an array of fun-filled, faith-seeking opportunities, such as the Zion Lutheran Church’s youth ministry spring break mission trip to Whiteriver, Ariz., in conjunction with Arizona’s Apache Youth Ministry.
“What’s super exciting about this opportunity is that it is our third visit to Whiteriver,” says Kristen Seehusen, director of youth ministry at Zion Lutheran. She says making it a spring break service trip has brought the missionaries into “a new and exciting place in (their) partnership.”
“We want to give them the love of Christ, but first and foremost, we want to show them that they are loved,” she says.
During the trip, the youth of Zion have the opportunity to learn and grow with the Apache community. Students traveled to various locations throughout the community and learn about and pray for the Tribal Council and school.
“Our projects really focused on the youth ministry, the youth center they have there,” Seehusen says. “We did a couple of projects there, general service and cleanup on the grounds.”
They combined friendship with fellowship in an array of social events and games like basketball and volleyball, and the 24 Zion members grew in knowledge as well as through Christ during their time in Arizona. Every year they look forward to putting to use everything they have learned, Seehusen says, and are excited about future opportunities to return to Whiteriver and cherishes the experience as invaluable to the youth ministry of Zion Lutheran Church. Detailed day-to-day blog entries on Zion youth’s spring break trip can be found on the church’s website.
Youth interested in participating can attend the group’s weekly gathering, which includes dinner and open gym, every Wednesday from 6-8:30 p.m. through May and 7-9 p.m. beginning in June.
Seehusen also hopes to take the youth of Zion to San Diego for an inner-city ministry this summer and hopes to register students in the coming weeks for the trip. Zion Lutheran Church can be visited on the web at www.zionclearlake.org or contacted at 641-357-5261.
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