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Blessed by Camp Hutchison

As another year of Camp Hutchison comes to a close, I have taken time to reflect on all that this program has given back to me over the years. Initially, I took advantage of the opportunity to serve as a junior counselor for three summers while I was in high school. This was when I first discovered what a blessing working with the children of Hutchison Elementary really is for me. Serving in the classrooms with kids who were always excited to learn was my favorite part of every summer. ... Read More »

Good Work at Jeremiah Project

Editor’s Note: Last week seven middle school students and two leaders traveled to Winchester, Virginia to participate in a Jeremiah Project (JP) mission camp. Students help with a wide range of home repair opportunities, from painting to building wheelchair ramps. The following is a blog post from two of the students, Audrey Kim (A) and Grace Horner (G). Where did you do good work on this trip? A: On Thursday, we cleaned some stairs at our homeowner’s house with bleach. It was kind of nasty since all the moss that was ... Read More »

Ms. Brown and Selfies

Editor’s Note: This week seven middle school students and two leaders traveled to Winchester, Virginia to participate in a Jeremiah Project (JP) mission camp. Students help with a wide range of home repair opportunities, from painting to building wheelchair ramps. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Sean Egan. In Winchester, we worked with our homeowner, Ms. Brown. Her home was in a beautiful place and a quiet neighborhood. It was decorated with many crosses, and she had a lot of pictures of her children, grandchildren and ... Read More »

All the Help We Needed

Editor’s Note: This week 15 middle school students and four leaders traveled to Romney, West Virginia to participate in a Jeremiah Project mission camp. Students help with a wide range of home repair opportunities, from painting to building wheelchair ramps. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Virginia Horvath. This is my second time serving on the Jeremiah Project and my second time at this location: Romney, West Virginia. Something I noticed pretty quickly about Romney was the scenery. The first time I was here I didn’t ... Read More »

Waiting: Camp Hutchison

I am one of two Serve Ministries’ interns at Floris UMC this summer. I had the privilege of serving in this same position last summer and was overjoyed to learn that I would be able to return again this year. My fellow serve intern, Mason, and I are in charge of planning and executing Camp Hutchison with the help of many amazing volunteers. Camp Hutchison is a summer camp that helps students retain reading and writing abilities often lost over the summer in a fun and creative environment. Because camp ... Read More »

Adjusting My Expectations

Life is full of expectations. We plan, organize and anticipate, but often what we expect to happen does not. The older I get the more I learn to not have too many expectations. The younger me would figure out everything and then be desperately disappointed when it didn’t “work out as planned.” The older me is learning to let life happen. In preparing for my trip to France to visit my daughter, Anna, I didn’t spend much time thinking about what it might be like. Not because I wasn’t excited ... Read More »

Surrounded by Other Believers

Editor’s Note: This week 24 high school students and five leaders traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to repair and transform homes and to strengthen and transform their own faith. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Nick Carper. This whole week has opened my eyes to some new things. The first thing that surprised me was our resident, Helga. We are serving veterans this week, and Helga’s husband served in our military. My crew is working on Helga’s house, painting her living room, kitchen, staircase and mudroom. Before ... Read More »

Student Mission Trip Q&A

Editor’s Note: This week 24 high school students and five leaders traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to repair and transform homes and to strengthen and transform their own faith. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Grace Brady. Who are we serving this week? We are serving veterans who live in Reading, Pennsylvania. These people helped us by serving in the military, and now we get to help them. Can you describe your resident? My resident is a veteran who volunteered for the military at only 18 ... Read More »

Calling All Evangelists

Evangelism. Ugh. This word seriously grosses me out. It sparks memories of faith communities in which the true message of the Gospel was perverted, and people used “evangelism” to condemn and judge others. It reminds me of the preacher at college who stood outside our dining hall proclaiming that we were all going to hell for our “liberal” education. It reminds me of religious tracts disguised as dollar bills and scattered around the community in hopes that these shallow tactics might convince someone to be a Jesus follower. Even worse, ... Read More »

The Power of “Me Too”

There is healing magic in the words “me too.” We yearn for connection. We are wired for belonging. We want to know we are not traveling this path alone. Right from the beginning, God spoke the words “it is not good for man to be alone” and ordained our hunger for community. We need each other. Yet, at the same time, we hide from each other. We push each other away in the spaces we need each other most. The nagging voice of our inner critic whispers these words: You ... Read More »

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