Eight youth from Saint Stephens, along with pastor Joe and parent volunteers traveled to Gettysburg, PA for a mission trip April 17-21. They were part of a group of 40 teens from Central Massachusetts involved in LIPY (Lutheran Inter-Parish Youth) who took five days of their school break to volunteer at a food bank and food pantry, assist senior citizens and work with families living in poverty.
The theme of the trip was “Swords into Ploughshares,” and included a visit to the Gettysburg National Battlefield Visitor’s Center, and worship at the Gettysburg Seminary Chapel. With a historic look at the horrors of war, participants also saw the hope that’s offered in solidarity, service, and sharing. Students stayed at Camp Nawakwa in Biglerville, PA, where they enjoyed on-site free time at the end of each busy work day, as well as one evening out bowling.
Organizations where Saint Stephen Youth and others from LIPY served as volunteers included Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Adam’s Country Food Pantry, and Adam’s Country Support Circles.