By Jackie Nelson
Editor’s Note: In 2014, The Hesston Record is reaching out to youths in the community planning mission trips in 2014. The Record will feature students planning trips on our Youth and Education page. Students planning trips can contact Editor Jackie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-327-4831.
Sometimes God seems to work in mysterious ways and has some interesting timing. Record editor Jackie Nelson had planned for the story below to appear in the Dec. 26 issue, the final one for 2013.
At that point in time Hesston teen Paige Kauffman was short of the funding needed for her mission trip to Costa Rica.
Here is an email from Paige's mother, Lynda, sent to Nelson after Nelson had gone out of state for a short vacation:
“Jackie, we think it was a God thing that you couldn't get the article in (last) week. Paige received her amount she needed!!! WOW!! We are so grateful and surprised! We felt that we needed to let you know so people don't send in money.
“We are still needing to pay a small amount out of our pockets for her flights, but we have enough for the mission trip itself!”
Hesston teen Paige Kauffman is thinking of more tropical climates this winter. The Hesston High freshman is working to raise funds to travel to Costa Rica with “Never The Same Missions” a subsidiary of “Big World Ventures.”
Paige discovered the trip through a magazine subscription, but was not able to immediately head out of the country for a missions trip.
“I get ‘Sisterhood Magazine’ and it was advertised for Peru last year and my parents wouldn’t let me go. This year, I’m getting to go to Costa Rica,” said Paige.
Paige’s mother, Lynda Kauffman, said they were hesitant at first to allow their teenage daughter to travel without family.
“When she first told us about it, we didn’t feel comfortable. We said we would talk about it,” she said.
Lynda said the ongoing family discussion began to fall in Paige’s favor when Dave Kauffman discovered the opportunity for the family to travel to Costa Rica before Paige’s solo tip.
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