Mission Trips

Check out the pictures from our recent mission trip to St. Louis!!

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Southern CA

2003

On our second Deaf Youth Service Trip, we had 24 people go to Southern California. In order to get everyone out there, we had to take three different planes (one from Houston, one from DFW and one from Austin.. On the plane from Austin, there was this actor-type guy (Now also a professor at the University of Texas). Anyhow, he was friendly with our kids and, when they got to LAX, he suggested a picture with them. Alright! Alright! Alright! Any ideas who he is?

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Lancaster, CA

2011

In 2011, our Deaf Youth Service Trip was to Southern California. While there, we went out to my hometown of Lancaster. We were allowed to work in the warehouse and to prepare, serve and clean up a meal at Grace Resources. Thanks to my classmate, Steve Baker for allowing us to serve others.

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Denver, CO 2012

On the Deaf Youth Service Trip one of our service projects was at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church/Resurrection in the City in Denver. I sure miss the kids (and the adults) who went with us on the various service trips, and I'm looking forward to making more memories on the Deaf Youth Service Trip next summer.

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Sarasota Springs, FL 2013

Miss these kids!!

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Washington, DC

2017

Great group of kids.

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Minneapolis, MN  2018

Deaf Youth Service Trip, 2nd day of projects. Today, after doing the painting that wasn't scheduled, but the kids did it because they are awesome, we went to our planned project, helping a deaf/blind lady with some moving and rearranging, from her basement to the garage and patio. Debbie, the deaf/blind lady was one of the very first deaf people I met when I moved to Minnesota in 1973 (after meeting Carol, of course). Debbie and Carol were best friends growing up and Debbie was the maid of honor in our wedding. She didn't become blind until she was in her 30's, and it was due to retinitus pigmentosa. She loved meeting all our kids and was surprised how quickly they worked. Since one of our kids on this service trip is deaf/blind, it was a special treat for Natalie and Debbie to meet each other. In the third picture, Debbie is showing Natalie some of the newest technology to help deaf/blind people communicate with hearing people. She did tell everyone her age and said that my wife is the same age so, Carol, if all the kids now know your age, it isn't my fault!

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Rochester, NY

2019

Today on the Deaf Youth Service Trip, we were blessed by having two projects. The first was at the home of a 95 year old deaf woman. She keeps her home immaculate, but there were a few things we could do that wouldn't be safe for her, such as cleaning out her rain gutter, cleaning on top of cabinets, etc. This lady is a life-long Rochesterian and she knows EVERYBODY! I only lived here from 1979 until 1991, but she knew every person I named. By the way, everyone I named, with the exception of one

Our awesome Texas Deaf kids helping teach ASL at the Jesus Signs workshop in St. Louis, MO.
Our awesome Texas Deaf kids helping teach ASL at the Jesus Signs workshop in St. Louis, MO.

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Our Texas kids on the Deaf Youth Service Trip in St. Louis, Missouri helping Pastor John Reinke teach the advanced class at the Jesus Signs workshop.

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The last day of the Deaf Youth Service Trip is always a "fun day." This year it was to Six Flags St. Louis. Tomorrow 6 of the greatest deaf kids on earth and two pretty nifty chaperones will fly back to Texas with memories that will stick with them for many years.

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Our awesome Texas Deaf kids helping teach ASL at the Jesus Signs workshop in St. Louis, MO.
Our awesome Texas Deaf kids helping teach ASL at the Jesus Signs workshop in St. Louis, MO.

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St. Louis, MO
2022

Teaching, painting, packing, and more!!!  What a great group of youth!!