Wesley United Methodist Church
Each summer youth from Wesley United Methodist Church take time from their summer schedules to be in service and mission to others. Every other summer the youth go on a mission trip to serve in another cultural setting. Last summer one group of youth and adult chaperones went to Northern Ireland to work with the Youth for Christ ministry in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.
On the summers between mission trips the youth go on a mystery trip for three to four days. This usually takes place within Minnesota or states that border Minnesota. The youth don't know where they are going or what they will be doing. The mystery trip includes special sites to see as well as events to do. There is a mixture of fun, challenge and service. This summer there were 18 youth and four adults that went to the Park Rapids area, Taylor Falls area and Minneapolis. They were scheduled to be white water rafting on the St. Louis River until that got canceled because of the terrible flooding in the Duluth area a day before they left.
The trip was a wonderful bonding, faith challenging, and fun time. A part of it was making and serving two meals at Simpson House Shelter in Minneapolis. Simpson House is an inner city ministry of the United Methodist Church to people who are homeless and in need of shelter and the basics of life. The youth made and served a Saturday evening meal and a Sunday morning breakfast. They were able to not only experience the running of the shelter but to eat and talk with some of the people they were serving. Without knowing why, they had been asked to bring some basic clothing items and then were able to give those away. They saw the joy of those receiving these very basic necessities as well as the disappointment of those they didn't have enough to give to. It will be a trip and an experience they will never forget.