Student Ministry Mission Trip - Longmont, CO

by John-David Culbertson on July 10, 2023

Getting to Longmont was a bit of an adventure. But only a bit. After 700 miles, 6 stops, 13 hours, 3 rainstorms, 1 hail storm, and a dead elk that we didn’t hit… oh and 800,000,000,000 potholes, we arrived just in time for dinner.

We kicked off with a devotional looking at Hebrews 10:1-25 before we joined Connection Church here in Longmont for worship. It was fun worshipping with a sister church. After lunch we went and hiked the Flat Irons trails and enjoyed the beautiful mountain scenery. Some of us were really sucking air climbing up, the altitude is a killer. The scenery was beautiful, and the fellowship was great. After dinner we met to talk through what we had learned through the day and the students had some great insights.

We haven’t even really started the mission project yet and we’ve already had some great conversations about the gospel and church. We’ve had conversations with cashiers and waiters and random people in the hotel that all turned towards the gospel. We are very excited to begin working with the church tomorrow. Please pray for our team for the next few days.

I wrote a note a few weeks ago on why I do camp. Let me take just to repeat, I LOVE camp, I LOOOVE it! And yet as much as I love it, I really love mission trips with students. There is something amazing about serving intentionally with students. There is something incredible about travelling with them, experiencing new places and cultures with them, and watching the overcome fears and challenges to share the gospel and connect with new people.

Seriously, it is one of the greatest joys of student ministry to watch a teenager take a step of faith and have a conversation about church or the gospel when you know they are terrified or nervous. The obedience and the faithfulness create an incredible culture in our group. I am so thankful to the support we receive from our church to be able to do missions with our students.


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