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By Emma Musto
Clarks Summit UMC

Getting ready to travel to a foreign country is not easy, but thanks to churches in our conference I was able to get everything I needed to go.
We arrived in Beijing in two separate groups. When the second half of us arrived in Beijing we went straight to bed after long plane rides. The next morning when we all met each other we all bonded quickly. I was very lucky to have our conference’s Bishop with us, Bishop Jane Allen Middleton. While we were in China we visited churches, schools, YMCAs, families, and tourist attractions.

Going on a Mission of Peace is not necessarily the easiest thing you can do. You see a lot of things that scare you. You also talk to people
that when they tell you about their life all you can do is cry. However, going on this trip changed my life. I don’t take many things for granted anymore. It was winter in China when I was there and they have no heat in their churches or in their houses or in their schools. I learned that we are lucky here because we have only 6 hours of school a day. In China, they have school from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. all week. While I was there I saw God in so many things and in so many people everywhere. I looked I saw God. But most important about this trip was figuring out the most important thing you can say to someone, “God Loves YOU”.

By Annabelle Hayes
Clarks Green United Methodist Church

In June 2011 I went on a Mission trip to Belize through an organization called ROWKIDS (Reaching Our World’s Kids). In response to the Great Commission, ROWKIDS is dedicated to the children of the world, to release them from poverty and economic exploitation by removing educational obstacles, and enabling them to become healthy, responsible, and self- reliant Christian adults (www.rowkids.org). Rowkids was founded a friend of my Uncle Allan, John Eve, and volunteers are now working in four countries, Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Panama, with more in sight in the future.


By: Emma Musto

     Sky Lake is, to me, the most beautiful place on earth. Nestled in the Tuscarora Mountains, Sky Lake is a refuge for many. There is something peaceful and life changing about this place. You can sit on the deck of Founder’s Lodge in an Adirondack Chair and stare at and wonder at the beauty of the lake or you take a walk around the lake and visit the Lakeside Tryst (see photo) and feel closer to God and all the amazing things that he does and has created.

     I have been going to Sky Lake since I have been 8 years old. It started out as a Try Camp Weekend of two days with friends and I fell in love. I came home from camp all excited and ready to do it again, and I have been doing it again for 11 years. I have attended Music Camp, Senior High Camp, and Drama Camp. There is nothing on earth better than singing in a concert at the end of a week at music camp with Sky Lake in the background. God is truly at work in this place. Senior High camp is a chance to meet new friends, have the greatest counselors in the world and make lifetime connections that will change you forever.


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