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2017 Youth Mission Trip

This year, our Youth Mission program will be taking 65 participants to Brownsville, Pennsylvania from Saturday, June 17 through Saturday June 25th. We will be working with an organization called REACH Mission Trips in the Appalachian mountains. While our group will work as a team, we will be housed with several other groups during our time there. Over the past 12 years, we have taken crews of students and chaperones to aid in the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina and into the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky to assist the less fortunate people that work the coal mines there. Last year, we travelled to San Antonio, Texas to work with Habitat for Humanity, assisting them in completing 9 homes, so that several families in San Antonio could realize their home ownership dreams. The group worked hard and the satisfaction we experienced was an amazing feeling. Mississippi and Maine have also been destinations for relief efforts and community service opportunities.

These trips have many goals:
  • We want to foster team building and leadership skills among our youth.
  • We want to help people in other parts of the country who are less fortunate due to poverty and/or natural disasters.
  • We want to teach our youth about different cultures within our country.
  • We want to increase the self-esteem of our youth through challenging work projects, under adult supervision and guidance.
  • We want to teach about injustices in our modern day society and ways that we, as Christians, can respond. (Micah 6: "to do justice, and to love kindness").
  • We want our youth to have a greater appreciation of the opportunities given to them in life.
  • We want to build houses while building lifelong relationships.
Youth and Chaperones attending are expected to :
  • Participate in the Youth Group activities that are held bi-monthly (or more often) on Sunday nights.
  • Contribute financially for part of the trip
  • Participate in mandatory meetings (Usually two throughout the year)
Anyone interested participating in helping us raise the funding for this trip can call Theresa Borchetta, Minister of Youth and Families at the church for more information. 203-488-7201 or email her at Theresa@firstcongregationalbranford.org

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