Youth Mission Trip to Washington DC

Thursday, August 04 2011 @ 02:46 PM EDT

Contributed by: Maha Faragalla


Report from Rev. Janet McGreggor-Williams:


From July 24 -31, seven youth and three adults from Palisades Presbytery went on a mission trip to Washington DC, with TeamEffort.  We stepped out of our own comfort zone and had a variety of opportunities to explore what mission is all about.  No two days were the same.  We fed the homeless, picked vegetables that went to food pantries, and hung out with children at a youth center.  We gained a deeper appreciation for the food we eat and the hands that grow it.  As we played with children in the “projects” we saw that they just wanted love and acceptance.  A day feeding the homeless in DC took us to a park opposite the Whitehouse, were we took time to meet the homeless and hear their stories.  Though people looked at us strange, we realized that the homeless are people too.  It made us wonder if our parents lost a job and unemployment ran out—would we be able to keep our homes.  We learned to work together as a team, supporting and encouraging each other.  Jesus had knack for seeing the people that everyone else overlooked.  He was committed to caring for others.  This experience has helped us see the neglected and overlooked, the oppressed and the disenfranchised.  It has enlarged the world view that the youth have and challenged us to focus not on scarcity, but abundance.

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