Monday evening we will be holding our annual mission trip letter writing night. This consists of all of our away trips meeting together with the purpose of sending letters to friends and family seeking both prayer and financial support for our upcoming trips in March. It is an initial team building activity that begins the bonding of our mission groups together.
The students sit in groups by trip. They stuff envelopes with a brochure detailing their trip, a personal letter, and a return reply envelope. They bring their own address list to send the letters to their friends and family. If the student attends that evening, IRCS covers the postage to send the letters out (an incentive to not procrastinate).
We have a number of new trips this year (as denoted by *) on which many our students will be traveling. This year’s overnight trips include: Lakeland, North Carolina*, Wyoming*, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Germany*, Austria*, Guatemala, and London*. All of these trips except London are filled to capacity. This is an unusual occurrence for all of our trips to be full. Local options include Shepherd’s Village, Street Ministry, and Pinellas County Clean-up. All of these options still have room for students to join.
Our Ministry-mester program has had a huge impact in the lives of our students over the past 15 years. With the addition of this year’s trips, we will have sent 2,752 students and staff to serve in 13 states and 24 different countries. Our students are already changing the world.
If you would like to help out with one or more of our teams, there are a number of ways that you can be involved.
- Pray for each team. Beginning with this night students can begin to see the hand of God in each step that they take. Pray for team unity. Pray for the necessary funds to come so that students are able to go on the trip. Pray for safety and good health on the trips. Pray for the missionaries with whom our students will be working.
- Lend a hand. Beginning with stuffing envelopes through packing and driving to the airport there are areas each leader could use assistance. There will be carwashes, concessions stands, and other projects to be accomplished. My mom used to say, “Many hands make light work.”
- Give if possible. If the Lord lays it on your heart to help support one of our students there are a few ways to do it. Gifts can be mailed in or the ircs.org website has the ability to donate on-line. Under Campus Life on the home page there is a drop down menu. Select High School Ministry Mester. In the right hand column click on Ministry Mester Donation Link.
The Ministry-mester program has done more to change the spiritual climate of our school than any other event in the school’s history. In the effort to bless others, our students have found themselves blessed beyond belief.