For our Youth Family, every summer is a season of exploration, excitement, and high-energy. This year, in particular, seemed extra busy because we brought back all the trips and activities that filled our summers pre-COVID. Of course, we enjoyed every minute of it!

In June, more than fifty of our middle school, high school, and college students gathered with about a dozen youth groups from other like-minded churches for Unidiversity Youth Camp. We enjoyed camp-wide celebrations and worship services, small-group Bible studies, and seminars on themes like “The Bible on Broadway,” “Mindfulness,” and “Faith in High School.” We also dove deep into the theme of “Relentless,” learning about the relentless love of God, the relentless way of Jesus, and the relentless life of the Church.

In July, twenty-two high schoolers, five parent chaperones, two Youth Mentoring Team interns, and three staff members journeyed to the Mississippi Delta for our High School Mission Trip. In Shaw, MS, we worshiped with the United Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist Church and helped with both education and construction ministries at Delta Hands for Hope, a local nonprofit and CBF initiative. We also traveled throughout the Delta, beautifying schools, municipal buildings, and community centers in the towns of Sidon, West Tallahatchie, and Cleveland, MS. Along the way, we learned about the long history of Civil Rights resistance, protest, and leadership that has come from the Delta—a site of both widespread poverty and community pride.

Thanks to all the Youth Family members who made this a summer to remember, to all the chaperones and volunteers who traveled with us, and to everyone who supported us with donations and prayers!

—Mary Carol & Franklin

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