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MPC has been an active force in Youth Missions for more than two decades.  We have traveled to places such as Starks, Maine; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Franklin, West Virginia.  Most recently we’ve traveled to Pipestem, West Virginia, a very rural part of southern West Virginia and part of the Appalachian Mountains.  Youth in Mission is an exciting opportunity for high school kids to spend a week helping others in need, exploring their faith, doing God’s work and making new friends.

The work we do for the home owners we serve varies year to year depending on their needs.   Most recently we have spent our days repairing roofs, building porches, ramps, stairs and railings, spackling and painting the interior and the exterior of homes, we have installed toilets, sinks and cleaned up debris and landscaped yards.  We do whatever is needed to help those who are unable to help themselves. 

After the work day we have time for fellowship and fun.   The campsite is set on top of a beautiful peak with views of the valley and the Appalachian Mountains.  We have time to relax and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings God has created.  Each night during devotions we explore our week-long theme and bible passage.  We discuss where we saw God at work and we explore our faith.  After devotions there is time for fun and games, music under the pavilion, a soccer match, basketball game, a can-jam competition, board and card games, puzzles, as well as star gazing.

Through the week, kids learn many things.  They learn how to use a variety of tools to make proper home repairs.  They realize they are able to express themselves and explore their faith, while they make new friends and strengthen existing friendships.  They learn they have the power and ability to make a difference in someone else’s life, all the while serving God.  And they come home realizing that their own lives have been changed in the process!  It truly is a life changing week for all involved.

Our Youth in Mission trip is open to all high school students, those who have completed 8th grade and including those who have completed 12th grade.  Church and community members are all welcome to participate.  If you would like more information about this trip, please contact Beth Becker at 215-321-7835.

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