Teens Impact Lewis County
With serving hearts, 32 western Washington teens and chaperones volunteered for this year’s Local Teen Mission (LTM) Trip in July. They returned to Lewis County with a mission to reach the surrounding community.
"The people, ministries and organizations our teens served gave high praise for the work that was done,” says Ira Bartolome, Centralia pastor. “It was a pleasure to serve with our LTM group, and [I] hope they can take the same spirit of service back to their local context."
The teen participants spent the weekend serving the community both at a personal level and at a community level. Besides chopping wood, folding clothes and serving food at local community distribution centers, the dedicated youth also landscaped for the Centralia Train Station, washed windows and painted rooms for the elderly in the city, spread the gospel through literature evangelism, and more.
“The people’s smiles show that they love what we’re doing,” says Emily Bezman, a teen participant from Renton. “That inspires me and makes me want to help even more.”
“It feels good to help people,” says Hunter Birdsall, a teen participant from Montesano. “I plan on going to more mission trips so I can help out the community.”
This is the seventh Local Teen Mission Trip. The teens previously served around Washington in Friday Harbor and Burlington and multiple times in Lewis County. The trip was sponsored by Washington Conference Adventist Community Services, the local churches and Lewis County Adventist School in Chehalis.