Vision Teams are aptly named because team members get a “vision” for missions through the practical experience of serving the Lord in different cultures or socio-economic conditions. And, they bring that vision home to our congregation. This Sunday we are commissioning three summer Vision Teams, all designed to broaden our teens’ vision of the world around them.
From July 9th-16th, we’re sending a team of twelve high school teens and leaders to the Navajo Reservation in Houck, Arizona. This team links with LeaderTreks, a national ministry dedicated to developing the next generation of church leaders. Our teens work on construction projects and plan a weeklong VBS for the local Navajo children. In the hot, barren country, they live in spartan conditions, interacting with this different culture, learning leadership skills, and deepening their fellowship with God.
The next two teams link with WorkcampNE whose ministry is “impacting lives for Christ; bringing students closer to Jesus. Serving families through free home repairs.” Our teens spend most of their day scraping, painting, sweating, and completing home improvement projects for elderly, economically challenged, or disabled community members. A former camper from GBC wrote on their website, “workcampNE was instrumental in bringing me to Christ. Without the personal, careful, loving, and Christ-like attention of each and every staff member, the intentionally planned and executed sermons and worship experience, and the opportunity to grow in my knowledge and relationship with Christ through service, I would not be a Christian today.” Powerful words from one of our own!
The first team of thirteen middle schoolers and leaders serve from July 10th-16th. They’ll be housed at the Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, VT and will be working in the surrounding area. From July 24th-30th, the second team of twelve high school students and leaders will live at the Berlin High School in Berlin, NH and romp around that community.
Please pray for these teens and their leaders as they look to deepen their walk with God and “catch the vision” of joyful service for Him.