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Letter: Give mission trips a try

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:31 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The Mission trip that Sycamore United Methodist Church sponsors is a great trip for high school students. People from all religious backgrounds are welcome to go and take part in a helpful and fun trip.

There are fundrasiers leading up to the trip that are a lot of fun. The lock-ins that they put on are a great way for the kids going on the trip to bond together. You come around 10 or 11 p.m. and stay until morning. With the pizza-making night, my favorite, you begin making pizzas and then you are done by 2 or 3 a.m. The rest of the time you can either go to sleep or you can hang out with the other kids until you are picked up in the morning. 

The important thing is the trip itself. It is a whole week away helping others. You get to drive to that year’s destination in a big van with your friends. Everyone piles in with all their luggage stacked up in the back, and off you go.

The main purpose of the trip is to help others by helping to paint, repair and build homes and other structures. There is one day however that is just for fun. One year the students went to a waterpark; another year they visited a cave. Depending on where the trip is that year determines the destination spot for the fun day.

Sycamore United Methodist Church makes this mission trip a really great experience for so many kids. Everyone gets to bond with people in all different grade levels. Most of all they get to help people who are in need.

It can really change people for the better and make them connect with God. Many people have come back from the mission trip as a much better person. It is a really good experience and I hope that the amount of people that go grows every year.

Taylor Miller

Eighth grade, Sycamore Middle School

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