Members of the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Haiti Mission Team. Courtesy photo
This week a group of 13 teenagers and adults from First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Youth Group will leave on a mission trip to Haiti.
Partnering with a local Haitian church in Les Cayes, the team will primarily work with children. Part of the time will be spent helping with special needs children, visiting orphanages and running a Vacation Bible School.
Map of Haiti. Courtesy/FBCLA
“Many teens in our youth ministry have been called by God to be missionaries in recent years and this trip will be the first opportunity to go overseas and get our hands dirty in serving others,” FBCLA Youth Pastor Mike Brake said.
For the past eight months, the team has been training together by learning about Haitian culture, Haitian History and interviewing former missionaries on how to make the trip successful. Seventh grade student Esther Wermer has been blogging about her impressions as the team prepares for the trip: http://fbclasummermisions.blogspot.com.
The trip is being coordinated through Praying Pelican Missions, an organization that specializes in building long lasting relationships between churches around the world.
“Most of this trip will be relational and that’s exactly what we were looking for,” Pastor Brake said. “We wanted to serve anywhere that was needed, but we’re hoping to serve in a way that best suited our talents. Whether its sitting down with a special needs child and holding their hand for hours on end, playing soccer with a group of teenagers, or blowing bubbles with a 2 year old, our goal in Haiti is to share the love of Jesus with everyone we come into contact.”
The trip is set for June 5-12. This Friday, June 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., the entire community is invited to a Team Sendoff event, which includes a special service of worship, testimony and prayer.