Q&A with Vanessa and Rachel, residents at Methodist Children's Home

Ron Britton, spiritual development minister, took a group of eight youth from the Waco campus and Boys Ranch on a United Methodist Action Reach-Out Missions by Youth (U.M. Army) trip. They spent a week in Lufkin, Texas, this past July serving with other youth groups from around the state. The U.M. Army mission is to provide Christ-centered, quality youth work camps that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth.

MCH youth were part of groups that painted a house, built wheelchair ramps, renovated a bathroom, replaced floors and laid carpet. Ron had this to share about the trip: “This was one of the best trips we have had. The youth were fully engaged, they worked hard without complaining, were excited, and most importantly had serious encounters with God.”

We sat down with Vanessa and Rachel, two of the youth who participated, to learn more about the trip.

Q: What was your favorite part of the mission trip?
Rachel - I enjoyed the evenings. Each night there was always a different theme with different activities. I liked being able to socialize with new people after a long day’s work.
Vanessa - I liked getting to learn new things and getting to know new people. I enjoyed hearing other people’s ideas and perspectives on life.

Q: How did this mission trip impact you?
Rachel - One day a group came out to our work site and shared their testimony on helping others. It really spoke to me. I have been wanting to get more involved and now I have more passion to put that desire into action.
Vanessa- One evening we had a “Share Night” and while listening to other youth share I realized that I was not alone in my struggles. I heard how they were still moving forward. It helped me have hope and confidence in sharing my testimony.

Q: What was your experience with the clients?
Rachel - Every day we ate lunch with the lady whose house we were working on. She would share stories about her family and her hardship. Her faith really stood out to me. Even though she faced difficulty she never gave up on God and what he could do in her life.
Vanessa - One lady treated us like her grandkids. She was very sweet to us. She gave each of us a bundle of fresh flowers from her garden before we left. I believe she was very grateful for the work we did on her home.