If there’s one area that our church family at the Wasatch Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Salt Lake City is making a big push, it’s the area of a global outreach through mission trips.
There have been adults making mission trips on their own to places like Haiti and Africa through the years from Wasatch Hills. Now, there is a campaign to get the youth of the church more involved in mission trips as well. But mission trips don’t come without some kind of price tag, and the effort to raise money toward trips for the younger people at Wasatch Hills kicked off in a big way on Sunday.
A large group of youth, their adult leaders, and parents started the fund-raising effort at the church late Sunday morning through early afternoon, gathering at the church for a car wash and baked foods sale with all proceeds going toward church youth mission trips to Africa and Monument Valley next year.
In the first day alone — just through the car wash and bake sale — well over $400 was raised through people just donating whatever they could for a wash or a baked treat (one man drove up and gave $20 for a single cookie), with more fund-raising efforts to be planned for the future. Also in the works is a “rent-a-teen” project with services being provided such as lawn care and babysitting.
It’s all part of a larger group effort to raise money, but anyone wanting to go on the trips will also need to find ways to raise money on their own, said Christina Anderson, Wasatch Hills children’s ministries leader. Each person going will need to have up to $3,000 to cover travel costs, food, and other necessities.
The Africa trip is planned for February to Chome, Tanzania, through World Health Services. According to Wasatch Hills Pastor Bernie Anderson, who has gone on mission trips to Africa himself in the past, the youth would be helping with running health clinics, Vacation Bible School, and maintenance work.
The Monument Valley trip is being planned for next June, partnering with the Maranatha organization on a building project in the Navajo reservation.
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- Raise Money for Africa mission trip | YouCaring (followthenarrowroad.com)