Everyone loves summer. No school, sleeping in, going to the beach, grilling out, and family vacations are just a few of the things that make summer AWESOME!!
This year our summer will be an adventure!! Edgar leaves in mid June for 3 weeks to Peru where he will be leading a group of 36 young adults on a mission trip. They will be working with a local church. They will spend their mornings working on 3 homes in the cool of the morning, then VBS in the afternoon and street evangelism in the evenings.
While Edgar is gone I will be finishing up logistical details for 2 more short term mission groups to Pine Ridge, SD that leave while he’s gone. I will be training the YWAM leaders, communicating with youth leaders and our ministry contacts, and finalizing budgets and menus.
Edgar will come back and celebrate the 4th of July with us. We have another three groups heading back out to Pine Ridge, SD in July. Where they will be serving breakfast to veterans, children’s ministry and serving them lunch as well, then a number of simple work projects. The evening will be a mixture of different cultural events from eating traditional Indian tacos, story telling, crafts with then and visiting local historical sites. We will be leading another group up to northern Minnesota. Then at the end of the month Edgar flys to Mexico to lead another group that’s focusing on children’s ministry and street evangelism. I have a feeling July is going to fly by quickly.
In August we have a little bit of breathing room. Friends, Kallie and Ben, will be getting married! I can’t wait. Then we are holding a week long Latino Youth Camp. Then the following week we will be leading the VBS program for a Latino Church in Minneapolis. Then we have our YWAM Minneapolis staff Conference where we all will be serving at a couple of local ministries that we partner with throughout the year and we will be talking about our vision and mission for the next year. By the end of the summer more than 180 youth will have gone through the short term mission trip program called Mission Adventures with us.
We will have a week or so to debrief our summer, clean, finalize expenses and share stories of the summer. Then we are off to Kansas City for the YWAM together conference where more than 4,000 YWAMers from around the globe will gather to hear about what God is doing globally and where He is leading us as a mission.