Youth take part in mission trip

Youth Mission Trip color
Area youth recently took part in a mission trip to Detroit Lakes. Pictured are front row: Josh Hendel, Mariah Schrupp, Sarah Shimota, Olivia Hendel and Alex Meeker. Back row: Connie Meeker, Stephanie Shimota, Ann Hendel, Liz Thies and Dan Schrupp. (Submitted photo)

Seven youth from Area Faith Community of St. Michael, Mary and Brendan (Arlington and Green Isle) and St. Bernard’s in Cologne were among over 250 young people that made a positive difference in the Detroit Lakes area from July 21 to 25.
These youth were part of the Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC) held there.
The mission of the national CHWC is in equal parts to provide service to others while inspiring campers to live as Disciples of Christ through their service to those in need.  This year’s theme for the youth was “Be Seen.”
The call to serve brought kids in grades 9 to 12 from the upper midwest area to include Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and Illinois.  Detroit Lakes was one of 50 sites around the country that held a CHWC program this year.
While serving and carrying out their mission to “Be Seen,” these young people worked at a homeless shelter, The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes and Perham, a thrift store and at private residences.
They were part of adult-led work teams that cleaned, painted, did yard work and de-cluttered and organized to help residents keep their homes in good order.
Over 50 projects were completed by the campers during their week-long stay in Detroit Lakes.  In addition to working, the kids also established great relationships with their work team members and more importantly, the people they did the work for, often the elderly and shut-ins
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