Our team will be traveling to Puerto Rico July 28 – August 4, 2018.

We will follow the leadership of key leaders and organizations in Puerto Rico to work towards relief and rebuilding efforts. Serving in a place where Spanish is the primary language will give our group an opportunity to step into a genuine cross-cultural experience. We’ll help to address poverty and homelessness by partnering with local organizations. Service in Puerto Rico is highly relational, whether you’re working with children, youth or people in rehab programs. Our team will hear from local residents of Arecibo about the unique aspects of life on the island — in this culture, listening to stories is an act of service.

Watching the devastation, displacement and crisis caused by the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico places in each of us a sense of engagement that propels us into action. In response, YouthWorks has added an additional site in Puerto Rico this year. We are working with local leaders, pastors and organizations who have reached out to YouthWorks and made clear their need for help and support.

Our Team

Jillian Brannon, Sam Carlson, Hans Dykstra, Grant Hultgren, Harley Kendall, Emily Manning, Lydia Marsolais, Nathan Miller, Hannah Moen, Noah Montero, Brandon Nordell, Emma Grace Ojile, Gracie Olson, Morgan Seim, Ryan Seim, Taylor Seim, Haley Thannum, Nate Thannum, Josh Young

Blog Updates

Snow Delay… But God Provides!

April 14, 2018 a.k.a. Snowmageddon 2018 arrived as we were preparing food for what was supposed to be the day of our Fundraising Lunch, April 15. Our team still prepared the food and after deciding the weather was too harsh it was decided the Fundraising Lunch will be rescheduled.

Thankfully a number of our Dessert Auction donaters were willing to post their desserts on Facebook to still be auctioned off and we ended up with over $200 of donations from this fun online “bidding war”! Praise God!

Fundraising Opportunities

Over the next few months we will be having a number of fundraising opportunities at GracePoint Church! One fundraising opportunity will be a Silent Auction with items including a St. Paul Saints Kids Package, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum VIP Passes, Good Earth Gift Basket, and more!!!
All proceeds will go to support the Sr. High Puerto Rico Mission Team traveling to Arecibo, Puerto Rico July 28 – August 4 this summer. It has been six months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and our team of 19 is busy preparing to go serve and love this U.S. island territory in the name of Jesus.
Please partner with our church’s student-led mission efforts by inviting friends to bring your checkbooks to give generously, and praying for our team to bring God’s hope and life amidst the challenges of recovery.

Planning Begins!

We have begun planning our trip to Puerto Rico! Students and parents met last Sunday, February 25 to discuss trip logistics and fundraising ideas.

We are eager to get started raising funds for our trip in July! We will have a Fundraising Banquet on Sunday, April 15 at GracePoint Church and have a few other opportunities during the month of April for members of the church to give. If you have a specific need students can help with to raise money for this trip, please contact Nathan Miller at nathan.miller@exploregracepoint.com.

Please pray for our team as we begin the fundraising process that we can trust God to provide and that He will begin to mold our team together during our training sessions.

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