A Risk-Taking Mission! That is what a group of United Methodist youth from the Warrensburg, Missouri, First United Methodist Church have been doing over the past six years. The youth have conducted mission projects at a variety of sites scattered across the country, stretching from the Grand Canyon to the Great Smoky Mountains and from the Black Hills/Yellowstone Region of Wyoming and South Dakota to the Gulf Coast
Since 2011, the FUMC Youth have traveled over 12,000 miles and raised more than $100,000 in funds and resources for their missions. They have worked with the Navajo, Arapaho, Shoshoni, Kiowa, Apache, Seminole, Lakota-Sioux, Cheyenne, Cherokee and Houma Native American Tribes as well as various rural and inner-city mission sites such as Reelfoot Ministries in Northwest Tennessee and the Bethlehem Center in Nashville.
During this time the team has conducted eight mission Bible schools, 12 children’s festivals, countless puppet programs, Praise Band concerts and multiple work projects, including the remodeling of an entire Sunday School building. They have also provided dental kits, emergency supplies and over 10,000 meals to children and adults in a variety of locations.
“Louie and I have directed a lot of great mission teams over the past 25+ years, and every one of them have had their own special gifts and abilities, but the Warrensburg team is by far the most uniquely gifted collection of ‘young Christian world changers’ that we’ve ever worked with. We can’t wait to see the difference these young people are going to make for the Church in the future as young adults.”