Members of the Strasburg Christian Church who took a youth mission trip to Charleston, South Carolina, in June are, front row from left, Fred Kawatsky, Ellie Morgan and Abbi Kawatsky. Middle row from left, Katie Whittington, Suzie Lovett, David Storey and Brandon Martin. Back row from left, Rob Lovett, Luke Mason, Collin Nicholson and Curtis Whittington.

Members of the Strasburg Christian Church have returned from a week-long youth mission trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

Rob Lovett, the pastor of Strasburg Christian Church, said this was the first youth mission trip, which lasted from June 15 to June 22, the church has undertaken.

“The youth wanted to go,” he said. “After seeing that the state had suffered last year due to Hurricane Florence, they wanted to help.”

Lovett said that the nine children, ages ranging from 13 to 16, worked a lot with children in summer programs and worked with seniors who needed love and attention while down in South Carolina.

“They loved traveling to another state and doing the mission work,” he said. “They also liked meeting other people from other parts of the country and working with the kids down there.”

Lovett said that the group also took a tour of the University of South Carolina campus on the way down to Charleston.

“It’s important for children to see different parts of the country,” he said. “It’s important to look beyond where they live.”

Lovett said that in the two years he has been the pastor of Strasburg Christian Church, the church has done nine mission trips prior to the youth mission trip, but they were for adults. He said that the mission trips are good for the kids attending church.

“They teach the children how to depend on themselves and to help build their faith throughout the week,” Lovett said.

Lovett said that the money for the trip was raised through different functions held at the church, including weekly bingo games and church dinners.

He said that plans for next year’s mission trip would be discussed at the end of the month. He said that the next trip will be in the United States, but he hopes to go on international trips in the future.

“The children have presented several different ideas already,” Lovett said. “They’re very excited to plan next year’s trip.”

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