Faith Better Than Lucky Charms

Faith Better Than Lucky Charms

By Julie Rolffs
It was a collision of cultures. And, that’s exactly what we were hoping for!

In the summer of 2018, a team of youth from FUMC went on a mission trip to Northern Ireland to serve with a team from Beskydy Mountain Academy in the Czech Republic.

We hope to have a similar opportunity for our high school youth (those starting grades 9-12 in the fall of this year) in the summer of 2021. So, what do a Youth Director and a Mission Trip Leader do when life is anything but normal? Well, we’ve decided to take a step of faith.

Christina Koeppel, our Youth Director, and I are going to build a team of youth and a few chaperones to begin preparations in anticipation of taking a similar missions trip some time in late June to early July 2021.

“But wait,” you might ask, “Aren’t you aware there’s this pandemic thing going on?” Yes, we have noticed something is amiss. We recognize it’s entirely possible that we won’t be able to travel out of the country in June. While we are working on plans for the Northern Ireland trip, Christina and I will also be working on a concurrent plan to serve with the same team somewhere in the U.S., having some type of multicultural missional experience. So, for ten months, we will disciple, fundraise, team-build, and love on the youth team. If June doesn’t allow us to go abroad, we will enjoy our time serving together somewhere in the states.

Here’s where faith really comes in to play:

High School Youth Parents, are you ready for this? You’re going to have to take this step of faith with us. The students have only one opportunity to apply for this 2021 trip, and that’s now, in July of this year. Despite all the unknowns, we’re asking you to step into a great year with an unknown outcome.

Church, you have a role as well. We need your prayers. Please pray for the students, for their parents, and for Christina and me, as team leaders. Please pray for faith,  discernment, wisdom, and courage. Please pray for the planning for our team, for the Czech team, and for our ministry host in Northern Ireland. And, please pray that the pandemic will end and that we will actually be able to take the students on this spectacular multicultural mission trip to Northern Ireland.

A High-Schooler's Perspective

by Jordan Rolffs

Hey, High Schoolers:

This trip is something that I never thought I would get to be a part of again. Not only is it a chance to enhance faith, growth, and maturity, but the relationships you’ll build with others on the team will be so strong. You will share the highs and the lows together, leaving everyone on the team with a very tight bond. I encourage you to take a step of faith and apply.

See where God takes you. I know this is a time of uncertainty, and it’s nerve-wracking saying yes to something when you don’t have all the information. But, your faith will grow. You’ll learn to trust God, and to trust the process that what He has worked out is the best for you.

This trip will be fun! You’ll hang out with new people, fly with someone other than your parents, and go somewhere you’ve never been before. Let’s get it!!! Apply for Northern Ireland 2021 today.