At least that was David’s attitude as a teenager. Then he went on a Group Mission Trip and everything changed. Now, as a youth pastor, David takes his own students to serve on a Group Mission Trip every summer because he experienced the life change that happens first-hand.
“I was a typical teen, and I was looking forward to basketball and getting into high school. I didn’t want anything to do with God anymore, but I knew that there was a God. Then in the fall of my freshmen year, there was a new youth pastor at my church and he was taking teens to this thing called Group Workcamps. He called me up and told me that he signed me up and that I was going, then hung up the phone. I went and visited him because I was mad and couldn’t believe he would do that…I decided that I would go and help people. It seemed like the right thing to do, BUT I was not going to go to youth group or Sunday school.
So, summer came and it was time to go to Workcamp. I loved the work, and I loved helping people…God was slowly working in me all week that there was more to the work we were doing. Thursday night hit, and we were told the gospel story. It was the first time I had ever heard it in that way. I had no clue that God wanted to know me personally. He wanted to have a personal relationship with me. He sent His Son for me!! Then I heard the nails being driven in His hands, and I felt for the first time what Jesus actually did for me.
It changed my life. I went home and became a follower of Christ…I still had my ups and downs of life, but I went from wanting to do nothing with God, Jesus, and all that came with it to being a person that is sold out for Christ. I went on to serve as a worship leader at Group Workcamps for 4 years.
My life changed from being a teen wanting to do nothing with God to an adult doing nothing but serving God…Now I am a youth pastor bringing kids just like me to Group Mission Trips.” – David Thanepohn, Yorksville, IL
When your teenagers see how God can work through them, their lives will be changed forever, much like David and his students. Picture your students bringing joy to others in need through community service and home repair mission trips. Will you join us for life change? Call an advisor today, at 1.888.644.1588 ext 2 or visit GroupMissionTrips.com for more information.
Let’s create moments of #LIFECHANGE this summer!