Youth Mission Corps travels to Cortez When the new bridge across the Missouri River opened between Newcastle, NE and Vermillion, new bridges between people opened as well.
Members of the Youth Mission Corps, sponsored by the Faith Lutheran Church of Maskell, NE, recently returned from a 10-day YouthWorks! mission trip to Cortez, CO. Members spent time painting and cleaning houses, visiting nursing homes, and helping spread God's love to the children of Cortez with a summer-long vacation bible school.
The group is a non-denominational, mission-focused organization of teenagers and includes members of Maskell's Faith Lutheran Church and St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. Throughout the year members participated in charitable and fund-raising projects in South Dakota and Nebraska in preparation for their trip to Cortez.
According to the group, the most rewarding part of being involved with this mission was to see the way in which they, as a whole, bonded and worked as a team to carry out their mission work and to see the joy that came from helping those in need.
The Youth Mission Corps plans to continue its work here throughout the year and has plans to visit another site to do mission work next summer. They will also be sharing their experiences throughout the area.
Members of the group are: leaders Chad and Lisa Beckius, Newcastle, NE, Tiffiny
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Durham, Newcastle, Rachel and Stephanie Willers, Jackson, NE, Torrie Rasmussen, Vermillion, Sarah Anderson, Vermillion, Rosalie Mueller, Vermillion, and Theresa Dendinger, Vermillion.
"This was a great experience for me," Stephanie Willers said. "I loved meeting all the people that came along. I really enjoyed helping Jane and Kat and also playing with the kids at kids club. I'm so glad that I got the chance to go."
"I saw mountains, stuffed 92 goldfish crackers in my mouth, was voted off the Christ-mobile, honked for Jesus, broke down on the side of a mountain, and through it all I had a blast," Rasmussen said. "I grew in my faith and in my friendships ? it was an experience of a lifetime and can't wait till next year."
"I'm glad I went on the trip because it was a wonderful experience and I really loved the time I got to spend stuck on the side of a mountain when the van broke down? at least we had a DVD player to keep us busy," Dendinger said.
"I enjoyed meeting all the new people, and making all the kids feel like a million dollars," Durham said. "However, the best part of the trip was going to the nursing home and finding my old babysitter, Rita, from 12 years ago ? it was absolutely amazing!"
"I'm glad I went on the trip, it helped me become so much closer to God, and the trip also gave me more confidence in myself," Anderson said.