This week fifteen preteens (fifth and sixth graders) leave for a one-week mission trip to Texas. The ultimate destination is Mission Waco, but the trip includes a couple of days of mission work at a cowboy church in Magnolia, Texas!
Preteens had to “earn the right” to go on this trip. They participated in several fundraisers and coordinated the church-wide Easter egg hunt as a part of developing leadership skills.
Last week someone asked what I hoped the preteens would learn this week. Good question! One goal is for preteens to learn that God has a plan for their lives. He created them to be who they are and has a purpose for each one. Our hope is that as they serve others, they can begin to see how He has shaped them to serve Him utilizing their own unique gifts and abilities.
We specifically encourage the development of relationships among preteens that will carry through as they move into the youth group. Studies have shown that students who have solid relationships with other youth and leaders tend to stay connected in later years.
One last goal is for preteens to develop leadership skills as they lead out in various projects they initiate on the trip. Preteens will lead a street camp in lower-income apartment complexes which involves the participation and planning of everyone!
Pray for us as we travel, work together, play together and share life together this week! Thank you, FBNO, for providing this great opportunity for our preteens.