Paynesville youth travel to Mexico for a mission trip

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 1/19/99.

A group of 10 Paynesville area youth and three adults from the Crystal Hills Assembly Church traveled to Monterrey, Mexico, Dec. 27 to Jan. 5 on a mission trip.

They ministered to the people of Mexico through dramas, door-to-door evangelism, and a kidís ministry. They traveled with Dove Ministries and the Rochester Assembly of God youth and worked with Equippers International missionaries in Mexico.

Attending from Paynesville were: Heather Fenske, Trish and Tracy Miller, Rachel and Adam Gifford, Ryan Lang, T.J. Schultz, Shane Schmidt, Sarah Brauchler, and Tami Brossard. Chaperones were Pastor Dan Johnson, Karen Johnson, and Sue Settler.

Working with the local church, El Castillo Del Ray (The Castle of the King), the Paynesville youth went door-to-door in several neighborhoods and handed out New Testament Bibles and shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with the Mexicans.

The youth also held an open air service in the park each day, sang songs, did their dramas, had testimonies, and a message. They performed three different dramas: ďWhoís in the House?Ē along with videos, ďArise, My Love,Ē and a mime entitled ďKing of Hearts.Ē

The ministry group also prepared a childrenís service each day, complete with puppets, balloons, Bible stories, coloring, and music. ďDoing kidís ministries was such a blessing. The kids were very eager to learn about Jesus. I loved teaching them,Ē Heather Fenske said. Each day different youth had the opportunity to work with the kids, do the puppets, and talk with the kids.

While in Mexico, the Paynesville group stayed at the Bible college Gilgal, about an hour away from Monterrey. They also had a chance to visit the Alamo, shop at the border, climb a mountain, and go sightseeing in Monterrey.

ďDoor to door is a great opportunity to go where the people live and share his love with them. The Mexicans were so accepting of our message. Godís definitely doing things in Mexico, Adam Gifford commented.

Tracy Miller said, ďI never realized how powerful our dramas were until we did them, and I could see them touching the people.Ē

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