Student Ministry

by Carrie Hendrickson

This summer our students took three trips. Our 8th and 9th graders went to South Dakota for nine days, and we had a blast. Three twelve-passenger vans pulled out of the church parking lot on June 18. We spent nine days seeing the Midwest, enjoying cookies with Jerry’s parents, seeing lots of cattle, milking cows, seeing Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and, of course, the Corn Palace. We played countless games of Werewolf and card games in the van. We also had time every day to open up God’s Word and talk about standards and how God wants us to live. It was an incredible trip and God continues to use the lessons from South Dakota in students’ everyday lives.  

July 9-14 our High Schoolers MOBILIZED their faith into action and went to Atlanta, Georgia to serve homeless men and women. We spent time serving lunch and dinner to new friends, washing feet, playing games, and talking - treating people like people. There was a huge change in students’ hearts throughout the week. As one 11th grade girl puts it, “My heart was truly broken this week, but I will be forever thankful for that. My heart was broken in order to see the things that break His heart.” Students got to be the hands and feet of Jesus this week and God used them to show Himself to the world. 

Surf City is our Middle School camp for the summer and it is a favorite of many. The week (August 6-11) was spent tubing, swimming, wave running, dune jumping, blobbing, playing crazy games, and biking to the local ice cream shop.  Every day students had Club where we worshiped together (loud, fun, and lots of dancing) and heard the Gospel message. Students heard about God’s amazing love and how Jesus died on the cross for their sins.  Many students recommitted their lives to Jesus over the week, and we celebrated with them as they continue to grow in their faith and love for God. 

Thank you for your prayers throughout the summer, God has used you to pray and support the students at Hebron.  Lives were changed this summer and you are part of the life-change of many!