September 18, 2018
Each summer Trinity has a mission team that travels to North Dakota and serves at Spirit Lake Mission. This year is no exception!  It is such a fulfilling and wonderful experience to be a part of the mission team!  
 
Mission Trip Response
Dear Pastor Geri:
       My name is Lois Daleen, and I wanted to write a note to our group that went to Spirit Lake in June, to express my gratitude in offering me to go with you. It was a great, great time, and I want to express how much it meant to me. Thank you for welcoming me into your family! I am a relatively-new Christian (two years this coming October, and I love Him dearly), and since finding the Lord, my life has been totally changed—for the better, I might add. The love I have felt from the outpouring of other Christians is something I have never experienced until recently. And it is the greatest feeling of all!
      Heading out on our trip and encountering “the floods,” and then a flat tire, was a bit challenging. I was praying real hard at “the floods.” But our Lord and Savior Jesus got us through! He never fails! He is always there…and I am in awe of Him! Also, getting the proper tools and figuring out where to work and attempting to communicate with people I had never known until that week was a bit of a challenge for me. So I prayed, but somehow things just fell into place, and we were all doing God’s work like a well-oiled machine. I wished we would have had another week! So many things are so amazing to me. I am so thankful He found me, even so late in life.
      I also wanted to share something that was special for me on this trip. Each evening when we gathered in our circle to pray and hear about “Ollie and Sven,” Pastor Mike would ask us what we had seen of God on that day. Many people would raise their hand, and it was so wonderful hearing all the ways God had touched everyone’s day. I saw the love and fellowship of Christians coming together as one body in Christ, doing God’s work for those in need. To me, seeing this is a bit of a miracle, since coming “out” of the world, and now turning my life to Christ. We have the most wonderful God, and His grace is all we ever need.
      So, Adam, Kristy, Jen, Jerry, Ann, Rick, Chris, Blair, and our wonderful group of teens (a couple of Maddies, Riley, Baylee…sorry, I can’t remember all), THANK YOU from my heart to your heart for sharing God’s love! If you have any other excursions or you need help with a fundraiser for next year, please let me know. I am always looking for ways to serve our God. Yours in Christ. Love, Lois
 
Response: Thank you, Lois, for sharing your joy and your story! God’s peace always to all of us.
—Pastor Geri
 
 
North Dakota Mission Team Hosting Fundraisers
   It’s almost time to return to the Spirit Lake Ministry Center in North Dakota! This year’s trip will be from June 17-22. Our team is 23 strong, with 11 adults and 12 youth. Five of our team members are joining us for the first time!
   We thank you all so much for your love, support, and prayers as we prepare for our departure. We have our last two fundraisers coming up: April 29 will be our last cinnamon roll sale until the fall, and on May 20, we will be hosting a lasagna dinner. Come and enjoy a great dinner and fellowship with us.
 
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Mission Trip Notes By Diana Hunt, Team Leader   September, 2017

Year 13 found us up bright and early once again! On June 18, our team members gathered in the church parking lot, loaded our gear into four vehicles, and circled up for a prayer and blessing. We thank Pastor Geri for getting up extra early to send us off.

This year marked my third year leading the team. It still seems strange to not have Marilyn Phillips with us physically, but she is always with us in spirit. This year we decided to honor her by purchasing and building a playground set! Thank you to the many people who made donations to make this possible.

As always, we were warmly greeted by missionaries Mike and Libby. It is always exciting to see changes that take place while we are gone. This year, they converted the old tool shop into a dorm, so there are more places for teams to sleep! There is a new basketball court, and while we were there, a new walk-in freezer was being installed.

Our team this year included Blair Daugherty; Rick and Ann Musgrove; Adam, Kristy, Logan, Maddie, Lizzy and Charlotte Ryan; Jen and Riley Gauthier; Scott Ritsema; Maddie Koski; Casey Hansley; Joe Kennedy; Piper and Maggie Strehlow; Libby Lee; Hunter Schultz; Pan Pansch; Kelly Wagner; Kris Mulder; Matt Weimeyer; and me.

This year, we were blessed to work at three work sites, as well as work with the children at the day camp in the afternoon. The day camp is in its third year and running pretty smoothly! The children are bused in by either Mike or one of his assistants and fed a warm meal. Then they move on to various activities that are planned for each day. What a blessing to see not only the young children coming, but also the teenagers. This program is making a difference in their lives! In the mornings, we split into three teams—one that built a very large handicap ramp, one that roofed a two-story house, and one that built “Marilyn’s Playground.”

It is such a blessing to have watched some of our youth grow stronger in their faith and skill set through this mission. I remember when Logan was on his first mission, way back when he was 13 or so, and did not even know how to swing a hammer! He has now led our roofing team for two years! He has done such a wonderful job! We are always asked where did we see God, and though there are many times during each mission that I see God, I think I saw him most this year in watching Logan give instructions to Adam as they worked together the last day to finish up the roofing project .

On behalf of the mission team, I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all who supported us through the years. Without the support of our congregation, this mission trip would not happen. I am so honored to have taken the reins from Marilyn, and this year as Greg and I move on to our next phase in life, I turn the reins over to Kristy Ryan and Jen Gauthier. They have helped guide me so much through these last three years. The teams have truly been the hands and feet of Christ! Mission trip #14 will be happening June 17-21 next year. Contact Kristy, 779-5282, or Jen, 221-2840, if you are interested.