By Jaquelyn Nelson
Youth from Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church went on a mission trip to Chicago through DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection).
Seven youth leaders and 14 adults made the 14-hour drive to Chicago on July 13 and returned July 20.
Hesston MB Youth Minister Jared Redding said the youth chose, through a vote, to travel to Chicago for a week-long mission trip.
“We needed to be somewhere within a one-day driving distance. The kids made it pretty clear they wanted to go to Chicago,” said Redding.
“We have all been to camps in Colorado. We wanted to experience somewhere we hadn’t been,” said Kyndra Fuqua.
As a youth group, the Hesston MB students take part in an outreach project each year.
“Every summer we try to get something together. It can vary from something local in Wichita to something around the world. It depends on the year,” said Redding.
Redding said the group worked through a church and stayed on the church campus during the week-long trip.
“We stayed in Sunday School rooms. They had showers and living areas for us, so everything was set up through the church,” he said.
The youth worked in a variety of locations in the city.
“We were more on the north-west side. We worked in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, we stayed in a church in that area. We worked downtown, in Evanston and on the south side. We were all over the city, depending on the project and the day,” said Redding.
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