High school students share their outreach experiences.
Almost two dozen students from Illinois Lutheran High School, Crete, Ill.; Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, Wis.; and Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, Wis., traveled to Texas in March to participate in an outreach event with four Houston area congregations. Truth in Love Ministry provided training to help them engage people and share the gospel. Here students from Illinois Lutheran High School share thoughts about their experience.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” This was most certainly true for our mission trip in Texas. God’s presence was more than evident during our canvassing and through everything we did for the church. He was working through people who had never shared the gospel with anyone before. God blessed our work, and everything is credited to him. We will remember this experience for many years to come.”—Janelle, senior
“I have never done anything like this before in my life. At first I was very shaky on how it was going to go. Going out in the neighborhoods and actually talking to people was really great. It was interesting to see and hear how many people haven’t heard about Jesus. That was the most surprising to me. It was really cool to see how excited and interested they were to hear and learn about God. Canvassing was a great experience, and I can’t wait to do some more.”—Hannah, sophomore
“I was terrified at first, but then after I did the first couple houses, I got a lot more confident and knew that God was right there with me. I got more comfortable because I knew that God was giving me the words to say. I realized that the canvassing really worked because the Sunday that we invited people to come, the church had 30 visitors.”—Emma, freshman
“Let me tell you it was an amazing experience! We had great training from our instructor and then we were sent out! We went into the neighborhood and told people about our church. The Lord was truly speaking through me to spread his Word. I loved sharing my faith with strangers. It was just such a cool experience to be able to tell people about my faith and what amazing things the Lord has done for us.”—Sophia, freshman
“To say that being a part of this program was a huge blessing, would be true, but it goes way beyond that. It has given me lots of confidence to just share God’s Word in my everyday life, not only when I’m on a specific trip to do just that. Some people you meet while canvassing are 100 percent not interested, which is so very sad. But there are also those that you get to talk to that just totally open up to the message. Those are the moments in which you can really just see the Holy Spirit working through you. There was one lady I talked to who said that after she read the brochure she got in the mail, she passed it on to a family member. That in itself was super exciting, but it got even better! She asked for a couple more because she thought she could keep sharing it! Isn’t that so cool? To sum it up, I feel so much stronger in my faith, and I can’t wait to do this again next year!”—Hannah, sophomore
Kingdom Workers coordinated the student volunteers for this trip. Interested in participating in a mission trip in the future? Find out more about Kingdom Workers at www.kingdomworkers.com.
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Volume 102, Number 08
Issue: August 2015
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