Summer Quest: Middle School Mission Week
Dates will be announced in 2016.
During the week of July 14, Fanwood Presbyterian Church ran its annual Summer Quest program, which is a weeklong camp where youth participate in local mission work. This year we had 11 youth, 1 teen helper and 2 adults who spent a week learning about God, fellowshipping, and stepping out of their comfort zones to help others.
During the week we visited Shiloh Bible Camp, where the youth were required to depend on one another to get through a challenge course, climbing wall, and zipline. This was a great start to the week, since the kids were able to get to know each other and also to trust that they would be treated with love and respect throughout the week. The next day the kids shopped for, and prepared 200 bagged lunches to go to the homeless, which were delivered by 2 of the kids later that week. On Wednesday we visited the First Children’s School and Thursday we went Kayaking. Kayaking was a lot of fun, but it was also challenging for many of the kids. They had to learn to not only trust in God, but also in their Kayak partners. They learned that we cannot get through life on our own strength, rather we need to depend on God strength to get us through difficult and scary times. On Friday the leaders served the kids breakfast, the kids prepped for SQ Sunday and we ended at the pool club.
Each day the youth spent time looking at different versus in the Bible and wrestling with whom God is, and why it’s important to have a relationship with Him.
I would like to send a special thank you to Krista Daniska and Alex Poulious for their wonderful leadership throughout the week. They truly showed the love of Jesus to our Summer Quest kids.