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On a mission: Teens to host dinner

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By Special to the Monitor

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 22 at the First Baptist Church to help fund overseas mission trips for four local teenagers. The teens, Daniel Dyer, Daniel Hill, Rachel Hill and Luke Westfall are planning to spend part of the summer participating in trips organized by Global Expeditions, a division of Teen Mania ministries. In addition to raising money, the event will aim to inspire other young people to join the adventure of short-term missions and to answer questions their families may have.Teen Mania is a 20-year-old organization that sponsors live “Acquire the Fire” events all over North America, as well as mission trips, camps and youth leadership programs. Last summer, the ministry took 3,725 young people to 25 nations on Christian missions across the globe. Three of those young people were Dyer, Rachel and her brother Daniel. Are they going again? You bet. This summer’s trip to Madagascar will be Rachel’s fifth trip with Global Expeditions. Daniel is planning his second mission trip this summer to South Africa. Dyer’s second Global Expeditions trip will be to Uganda and Westfall is planning to travel to Costa Rica on his first trip with the organization.Travel, adventure, challenge and relationships are some of the top reasons why “GEers” are so likely to become addicted to mission trips.“I like the adventure of being in another country and being able to make a difference there instead of just being a nosy tourist,” Daniel said.His first trip last year at age 12 was a “junior” trip to Romania, where he and his fellow missionaries provided a vacation Bible school in a park for urban kids. “It was cool to be able to change other kids’ lives as well as my own,” he said. “The kids were so open to what we had to tell them.”The type of ministry varies for each trip and may include performing street dramas, providing children’s programs, visiting orphanages and hospitals, and building relationships with the homeless or with college students in order to share the good news of Jesus Christ.“Through these trips I have been able to experience life outside of America, learn how to effectively share my faith, grow in my relationship with God, and see Him work through my life and the lives of my teammates,” Rachel said.Global Expeditions mission trips provide an incredible learning experience as well. Another junior at Los Alamos High School, Dyer, went on his first trip last year to Jamaica. “I went on the trip expecting to teach other people, but I found myself learning just as much,” he said.These mission trips, also help Christian teens develop strong relationships with other teens. Dyer considers his first trip “one of the most rewarding experiences in my life so far.”Westfall said he hopes to be able to say the same thing when he returns from Costa Rica. “My mom encouraged me to go for this experience,” he said, “even though it seems like a lot of money to raise.”The cost for the dinner is $7.50 for adults, $5 for students and children age 3 and younger will be admitted for free.