This mission trip meant a lot to me because it was my last big event as a student in the Argyle UMC youth group. It also was important to me because I was able to go back to the place where I had my first experience with the youth group. The summer before my freshman year i was able to go on the mission trip to South Dakota and I worked on a Community Center. During this trip, I was able to go back and see that the work that we did four years ago was still intact. I had a lot of fun both on the trip to and from South Dakota and during the week at the work site and on the college campus. I made some great relationships while on the trip with other students, leaders, and children that I was able to hangout with throughout the week while on the worksite. I hope to continue my friendship with these people as I go on to college next semester. Through a relationship I formed with some of the neighborhood children I was able to talk to them about God and hopefully I made a positive impact on their lives. At the end of the week one of the boys, Jason, that I had become really close to gave me a note/drawing that made me truly understand the impact I had on their lives. The drawing said “I believe God” and had a picture of a cross surrounded by stained glass and he had drawn a picture of me, Kaylie Pool, and him with some of his siblings all sitting at a church. I will never forget him and his siblings and the impact that he had on my life. I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to return to Rapid City because the trip brought me closer to God, helped me create new relationships, and was a great end to my time as a student of the Argyle UMC youth group.
Mission trip is a very special week to me. Every summer, I look forward to spending a week with so many amazing people. My favorite part of the week would either be the worship that Jon leads every night or the friendships that are made throughout the week. Every time I go on a mission trip with Argyle UMC, I always end up growing closer to God because our church has such amazing leaders and student role models. I learned a lot on this mission trip—I learned how thankful people are for the work we do for them and I learned how blessed I am with the life I have. This past week meant a lot to me and I encourage other students to branch out of their comfort zone and try a mission trip at some point in their lives.
Mission trip this year was a huge success! It is always a pleasure serving in Rapid City with Mission Discovery but this trip in particular was extra special. That partly has to do with the fact that it was the last mission trip that I will ever be a student on! Mission trips to me mean an incredible way to serve those less fortunate. Jesus says in the book of Matthew that “whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters you did for me.” That is exactly what we do on our mission trips. Whether that be building houses, painting walls, running a vacation bible school, or even making a peanut butter and jelly, we are working for Jesus. My favorite part of mission trip is always the worship. That kind of fellowship and feeling of the intense glory of our God can only be achieved when we are serving him! I have been on many mission trips throughout high school all teaching me many lessons, the most powerful of which is the importance to love. As mission discovery says: “to love is to serve.” Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another, it was his commandment and ultimately what he died for.