Every summer our youth participate in one or more missions trips. We plan memorable and affordable missions adventures and work all year on fundraisers to defray costs. Trips can be life-changing as teenagers learn that God can use them to make a difference in our community and around the world. We thank all members of our church family who have given so generously of their time, talents, money, love and prayers to help make our mission trips a success.
There is no better platform for youth to learn service than on a mission trip. In 2009, the youth ministered to many families in and around Bluefield as they helped with their homes. Many worked in an old mining town called Pocahontas. The students completed many tasks such as painting a whole house, putting on a new roof, and building a deck and handicap ramp. The greatest impact they had which they may never be able to realize was sharing God’s love to the families they ministered.
How would you like to ride with a van full of teens sixteen hours—one way? It was great, and they had a blast on their 2008 trip to New Orleans! They watched movies part of the time and had a great time of bonding. They were able to unwind at the hotel pool where they played water volleyball! New Orleans was amazing! Even years after hurricane Katrina there was still a lot of damage. The teens impressed with their willingness to do whatever asked. It was such a testament to the adult leaders. The emphasis was getting out in the community and meeting people and praying with them. The community couldn't believe that so many teens were willing to give up over a week of their summer to help them. The group capped off the week with a stroll in downtown New Orleans to enjoy some authentic food such as alligator, shrimp creole or a simple Po Boy sandwich.
In 2004, our middle school group went on a missions trip to Niagara Falls, New York, to work with an organization called YouthWorks. After spending two days sight-seeing in and around Niagara Falls, the group set to work helping the area's needy. Including chaperons, Shiloh's contingent included eleven people.
Our high school youth group visited the Bahamas in 2004. They worked with a tiny island church called "Abundant Life" by conducting Bible study, crafts and games for Vacation Bible School. In addition to working with children, our youth helped with construction and repair work. Including chaperons, twelve people made the trip.