Reading the Bible will never be the same. For those travelling to Israel for the first time this spring break, names like Jerusalem, Jericho, and Bethlehem will soon bring much more than a flannelgraph to mind.
Two members of the King’s Israel trip give us a glimpse into their upcoming journey abroad.
“My mom and sister had gone before and they kept telling me how amazing it was and that I shouldn’t miss out on it” said Greta Finholm ’14. Finholm is looking forward “to walk[ing] where Jesus walked,” and said “getting baptized in the Jordan River is probably what I’m most excited for.”
Mrs. Stubbs, anticipating her third trip to Israel, summarized the itinerary: “We’re going to start in the north for three days around the Sea of Galilee. Then we’re going to spend about three days around Jericho and then three days in Jerusalem.”
Mrs. Stubbs has three specific prayer requests for her team: health issues, “that when we have conversations with people in Israel that we are winsome,” and “that we have a song that unifies us.”
“Love the life you live, live the life you love,” was said by Bob Marley, a famous Jamaican singer-songwriter who was passionate for his music and country. Our Jamaican mission trip team is very excited to give their love to the people of Jamaica.
Waterlily Haung ‘14 is part of the Jamaican mission trip team and is looking forward to such a life changing experience this spring break. “I’ve never been to a 3rd world country before, and I’m really looking forward to learning their culture and their love for God but also hanging out with the kids especially.”
The team is ready to experience a trip of a lifetime.
Seattle: By Ashley Driscoll
“I liked the idea of not having to go far away for a mission trip. There are things to do right here in our backyard,” says Nate Campbell ’16 about the upcoming Seattle mission trip.
The team of 10 students will be partnering with local non-profit organizations and homeless shelters in addition to passing out the “Just Bag It” bags collected by King’s students.
Nate hopes to gain “a better sense of what the homeless go through.”
Cameron Sharpe ’15 can’t wait to “help out in a way that you don’t normally do.” He has “always just liked serving people,” especially locally.
He and Nate both chose the trip because it is so close to home and cost effective, which makes it flexible for their busy schedules. It is a great alternative for students who want to serve but aren’t able to travel out of country.
Students who previously rode along on this Seattle adventure said that another great part of this trip is the chaperones, Mr. Volk and Mrs. White.
This dynamic duo has led the Seattle trip in the past and hopes to continue to impact the greater Seattle area with their capable and excited team of students this year.
Mexico: By Arthur Emmons
When people hear the word “Cancun” it stirs up imagery of college kids going crazy and getting into trouble.
Yet many people fail to realize the poverty rate which is an astounding 52.3% according to the CIA factbook.
Living Faith and KHS Live are going to Cancun with a much different intention.
“Working on construction of a children’s home,” said Mr. Olson, who is co- leading the trip. This will be among the many things that groups will be doing in Cancun.
Mr. Olson is not new to the mission scene as he was a part of the mission trip to Atlanta, Georgia last year. “Seeing God work through the kids,” he recalled was the most impactful moment.
They stayed at a YWAM base, (Youth with a Mission) in Georgia. Homeless and refugee communities appreciated the lively improvizational art and music.
“We shared the gospel through performance arts,” said Kacey Kemper ‘14, who was a part of KHS Live 2013.
Current KHS Live member Kierney Johnson said she is “looking forward to influencing children’s lives.” Perhaps by building both strong facilities and deep relationships, KHS Live and Living Faith will have a truly profound effect on the Cancun community.
Laos: By Kacie Capuzzi and Amelia Culp
30,000 dollars. That’s enough for a new Mercedes Benz, 50 pairs of Jimmy Choos, or 4, 672 jars of Nutella. That also happens to be the amount of money King’s Social Justice is sending to Dak Rak, Laos every year for the next three years.
Social Justice is partnering with World Concern to spend three days in the village of Dak, Rak, Laos assisting with water sanitation and community development and then continue to support the village financially in the coming years.
“It’s not a normal mission trip, I’m excited to get to know the people and really show them who King’s is,” shared Makenna Dreher ‘15, a Social Justice Club member.
The students are only spending two days in the village because of the long plane ride and 8 hour drive.”I mostly get scared by terrorist attacks on planes,” said Dreher.
More than a third of Laos’s community is in poverty. With a community of 800,000, many citizens still live in villages. Farming accounts for 67.6% of total employment.
“We’re going to take photos and videos to share what life looks like there,” shared Ashley Driscoll ‘15 who was an intern at World Concern. Driscoll was automatically chosen for this trip because of her connection to World Concern.
Driscoll is eager to interact with the community of Dak Rak and learn how she can help. “This is my first mission trip, but I know World Concern is great company to travel with,” commented Driscoll.
This long-term connection with between our communities holds incredible promise for growth and improvement both here at King’s and in Laos, and we should all be on the lookout for what God will do with this ministry.