Thank you and Well Done! Nine Elkhorn Hills UMC middle-high youth and their chaperones shared their love of Jesus Christ by serving others. Their youth mission trip took them to Walthill, and Omaha, Nebraska, this past weekend.
The 2015 Middle High Youth Mission Trip Team included: Elly Beeson, Megan Bruner, Rachel Bruner, Meg Carney, Bailey Klanderud; Caitlyn McBeth, Jenna Paul, Evelyn Peek, and Patrick Swan. Chaperones: Randy Bruner, Heather McBeth, Kip Meyer, Shaini Carney and Jenny Louis.
On Friday, the team pulled weeds around the Methodist church and the local park. They picked up trash around the area, had lunch, and learned about the Native American culture before heading back home.
Walthill is a village of about 780 people in Thurston County, Nebraska, within the Omaha Reservation. Over 80% of the village is comprised of Native American heritage.
The Omaha are a federally recognized Midwestern Native American tribe that resides on the Omaha Reservation. Omaha, Nebraska, the largest city in Nebraska, is named after this peaceful tribe who assisted the U.S. during the American Civil War.
Click here to learn more about the Omaha Tribe.
Omaha Open Door Mission Service
On Saturday, the youth helped prepare and serve lunch at the Open Door Mission. They packed sack lunches, prepared drinks and dessert trays, participated in the prayer, served on the lunch line, carried trays and helped clean up after the meal. They were given a tour of the facility, the clothing donation center, and the Lydia House.
Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.
Click here to learn more about the Open Door Mission.
Saturday Evening Worship
These youth and the Youth Praise Team conducted a wonderful worship service following their weekend of service. There were about 40 people in attendance. Megan Bruner opened the service with a prayer, Rachel Bruner and Bailey Klanderud spoke about their service projects on Friday and Saturday, and the Youth Praise Team led the congregation in song. Communion was served by Jenna Paul and Caitlyn McBeth. The youth presented the message “Boxes,” that showed by Trusting in God our Fear changes to Security, Pride changes to Humility, Hate changes to Love, Greed changes to Giving, Stress changes to Peace, and Sorrow changes to Joy. Caitlyn McBeth closed the service with prayer.
Meg Carney read the from the book of Romans Chapter 15 verses 13 thru 17.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.
The youth shared some of their God Sightings from the weekend with the congregation at the Saturday night service. These God Sightings included seeing a rainbow, finding a beautiful rose bush in an area covered in weeds, seeing growth in the church membership, and people volunteering to help them. Youth Director Jenny Louis said her God sighting was hearing from others that these youth missionaries were helpful, kind, and positive. Yay, God!
Here are some photos from the weekend.