Destination: Mission provides servant experience for younger students

Campers at Destination: Mission’s Spring Break camp in the Jonesboro area spent their time at 10 different mission sites, including the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. COURTESY PHOTO

Campers at Destination: Mission’s Spring Break camp in the Jonesboro area spent their time at 10 different mission sites, including the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.
COURTESY PHOTO

What did you do on Spring Break? Go to the beach? Go skiing? For a large group of children and their adult leaders from United Methodist churches across the state, Spring Break meant a time for serving others in the name of Christ.

Destination: Mission, a hands-on mission experience for elementary school students, headed to the Jonesboro area for Spring Break 2015. The theme was “JUMP!” based on Psalm 9: 1-2 (J = Just give thanks, U = Use your Bible/journal, M = Make a joyful noise, P = Praise God! ) The 72 people on the mission served at 10 area agencies, ranging from food banks and an animal shelter to a community garden and a youth center.

The group made a big impact on their host city and the surrounding community. For a slide show of the participants in action, visit http://goo.gl/ysdOzm.

Leaders of Destination: Mission pray each trip to be made aware of things that break the heart of God. For one team, this became reality when they visited the Methodist Family Health Children’s Home in Bono. The young men there have had some difficult experiences in life, yet they were gracious. The team spent time playing games with the young men and promised to pray for them. Other Destination: Mission teams joined in prayer for youth at Methodist Family Health group homes, as well. God used the experience to plant seeds of service.

Destination: Mission will have a trip for 3rd-6th graders July 8-11 in Beebe. It is coordinated by Tiffany Jones, Children’s Minister at First UMC Beebe. The theme is “Blast Off!” based on Psalm 8. Destination: Mission will also have two joint mission efforts with Mount Sequoyah for 3rd-8th graders. Session 1 is July 19-22 and Session 2 is July 22-25. The theme for these sessions is “SHOUT!” based on Psalm 66:1.

To keep up to date on Destination: Mission, visit www.facebook.com/Destination.Mission.

—information submitted by Karen Swales and Denni Palmer