Grace Church has offered a youth mission trip each summer for the past 18 years. This year, 13 teens and six adults traveled to West Bend, Wisconsin to work with Habitat for Humanity from June 2 through June 8.

Five graduating seniors were a part of this year’s trip. They presented the homilies at our 8 and 10 a.m. worship services on June 9. The following text is published with permission from its author, senior Jack Russell.

senior - jack_optI can’t believe it, but my four years of going on the mission trip are finally done.

Going to Findlay, Ohio the summer between my freshman and sophomore years seems like just yesterday.

I learned so much during my time at the mission trip, like:

– Cold water is a very effective way of waking myself up. Thanks to Jim pouring ice down my back, I came up with the idea of a water alarm clock and was able to make one in engineering.

– Also, how our service and donations made a world of difference to the families and communities we built houses for.

I would like to thank Mike, Jim, Sandy and all the other kids and parents who made this trip so fun for four years. And especially Mike and Jim for putting up with me in the morning.

I can’t wait to get off to college but I won’t be forgetting this experience at any time, as I will use it to help me get through college and in situations later in life. I would like to say one last thank you and goodbye.

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Read other senior missioner homilies:

Read more about the trip and see a slide show.

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