Luther League 2014 Mission Trip
The Luther League will be taking a mission trip June 22-27 to Thunder Bay Ontario. This year we are using the YouthWorks organization. This company organizes mission trips for youth. YouthWorks lines up places for us to stay, our meals, our work sites and some evening activities. There will be 11 youth and 2 adults attending the trip.
As of now we do not have our definite work sites assigned to us. YouthWorks tries to make sure that each group has a good mix of relational organizations as well as more tangible or hands on work for the youth to be involved in. Here are some examples of the types of service projects we will be involved in. Works Projects- Eagles Cove, CSI: Thunder Bay
Children’s Programs- Our Kids Count
Working with Elderly- Pioneer Ridge, Roseview, Pinewood Court, Grace Place, Lakehead Manor, Dawson Court
Beautification- Veggie Project
Food Banks- Local Food Bank
Soup Kitchen- Dew Drop Inn
This company also plans activities in the evening for the group to do. Here is what they have lined up for us:
Monday: Local Attraction: Five pin bowling is a uniquely Canadian version of bowling comprising of 5 pins to be knocked down by a smaller ball. This event provides the youth an opportunity to make new friendships by mixing up the bowling teams.
Tuesday: Educational Experience: Explore Downtown Thunder Bay through a scavenger hunt! Students are split into groups to explore the downtown area of Thunder Bay, taking wacky pictures and hunting down YouthWorks staff members. This is an incredible opportunity for students to learn about the city’s culture as well as some of the issues the city faces.
Wednesday: Cultural Experience: Fort William is one of the oldest fur trading posts in North America. This is, historically and culturally, a true Canadian experience and provides lots of opportunity to interact with Canadian history. We will tour the fort and play some “voyageur games.” Cost: $6/person.
Thursday: Community Cookout/ Local Attraction: There’s no better way to spend our last night together than to hang out at a park on Lake Superior with a spectacular view of the Sleeping Giant after hosting a cookout with the community. Options abound from playing bocce ball or soccer, heading over to the ice cream store for a treat, jamming with new friends, or reflecting on the week with a good friend.
My hopes for the youth is that they become more comfortable and confident in their faith through the experience. The extra benefit of the trip is that the group grows closer together while getting out of their comfort zones and helping others and they have fun. We are very blessed to have such an active youth group.
We are getting close to having the expense of the trip covered. We are currently about $1500 short. If you would like to help us out, we would greatly appreciate it. Checks can be made payable to the Luther League and given to the church office, Leah Teveldal or Valerie Halter.
Thank you for your continued support.
We would also appreciate prayers for safe travels as we make our trek to Canada!
OUR LEADERS IN CHRIST
**Not on Church Council**
*Be a positive influence on the young believers
*Help and guide the Leaguers during meetings and other functions
*Attend meetings and chaperone outings
*Organize and monitor the Turkey Supper, Soup and Pie Supper and Easter Breakfast
*Keep our youth involved in Christian social activities so they will continue to be active in their Church
*Make the activities fun so the youth want to stay involved in the Church and minister to each other
*Organize outings such as Skiing, Lock-In, Bingo at VVM, Valley Fair, Relay for Life, WAFER food collection,
*This group of young people also award a scholarship to a graduating senior from fundraising proceeds