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By Apartment 5: Lily Schwartz, Avery Lichty, Natalie Drake, Maya Nordine, Will Kipp, Ethan Koepsell, Ethan Post, Max Parney, Lucas Cramer, Jen Gruendler, Janette Davis, and Lisa Kipp. Hola! Today was our last day volunteering at the church. The bible story today was Jesus calms the storm. For this, we helped kids make a storm …

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By Jen Gruendler This week we’re spending time exploring the verse: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” Isaiah 52:7 Wednesday, we talked about how we proclaim God’s peace and shalom to …

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By Sue Jenkins, Maggie Smith, Monica Robertson, and Sarah Perrotti We started the day by getting ready for VBS camp. We weren’t sure whether to expect 20 kids or 200. We were all a bit nervous, but we ended up having lots of fun! The kids started coming at 8:30am, even though the program wasn’t supposed to start …

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By Luke and Sam Freimuth, Marcus Cramer, Bob Freimuth and Scott Schwartz Our group woke up this morning to a meal of banana pancakes and we prepared ourselves for the day ahead. We traveled to, La Iglesia de Roatan (The Church of Roatan), where we will serve for the next week, and we met Pastor …

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Many prayers and blessings for the 35 Zumbro youth and adults headed to Roatan, Honduras this Sunday, June 26. Totes of supplies and shoes for residents are packed as this mission trip team prepares to spread the love of Jesus to our friends in Roatan. Look for mission trip updates on this blog and social …

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We decided to take a break this year from doing a middle school mission trip to help kids grow their faith through the physical challenge of adventure camp. Kids need different experiences to help them form faith. This week, our young people are being stretched to put their faith into action as they work together …

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We’ve been warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic staff here at Crosswoods. We’re having a lot of first time experiences as we settle in to camp life. Our youth have been learning new songs, getting to know the staff and our group, and testing their skills at archery tag and the low ropes course. It’s a …

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This week we have been thinking about how we pay attention to God and the work of the Spirit in our midst. Every night through scripture, conversation, and music we named and claimed God’s work and grace among us. It was holy and beautiful and sometimes messy as we wrestled with huge and complex challenges …

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Earlier this week, Sarah (Steinbruck Center Director), led our group and a youth group from North Carolina in a poverty simulation exercise. Our groups were mixed for this; youth and adults were equal participants. We were divided into “families” of different sizes and ages. Each family was given descriptions of their assets and challenges, like …

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We started Friday at 6am for an early journey to serve breakfast at a wonderful organization called SOME (So Others Might Eat). We gathered in a small conference room as usual for our orientation. This included a video history of SOME, which we discovered was started by a priest who saw a need in his …

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