Games, worship, community outreach define youth ministry

Published: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM.

Participating in the countywide Mission Okaloosa, First United Methodist’s kids helped build bunk beds for the Children in Crisis shelter. During a 30-hour fast, they collected pledges to support the World Vision hunger program. Operation Christmas Child is a favorite cause.

“We get shoeboxes and we fill them with toys and stuff for needy kids,” Taylor said. “We had a fun packing party!”

The group also undertakes an annual summer mission trip. Last year they ventured into inner city Nashville, Tenn., and helped fix up the homes of underprivileged families.

“When the girls had to use an outhouse for the first time, it was like, wow!” Kari Ruschmeier said. “It was an eye-opener.”

Matthew was part of a team that built a new roof on one of the houses.

“It was pretty good,” he said. “I didn’t know I could do that.”

“Next summer, our senior high students will be traveling to Haiti to assist an orphanage,” Dasinger said. “The middle school students will be doing local service projects here in Crestview.”



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