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Mission to Miami for H2O middle school teens

By Staff | Oct 16, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED Jenna Senkeleski, Julia Senkeleski, Summer Santoro, Tim Higginbotham and Rick Zurbrigge; Chase Nave, Alex Santoro, Marianna Tison, Lauren Macalka, Sophia Sbarra and Crystal Jones; and Kristian Schafer, Mara Lodwick, Lydia Whalen and Pastor Kevin Schafer.
PHOTO PROVIDED The H2O Envision Miami Mission Team from Sanibel Community Church loved serving the locals.
PHOTO PROVIDED Jenna Senkeleski, Lydia Whalen, Marianna Tison, Lauren Macalka and Mara Lodwick are all smiles as they deliver hygiene packs and offer prayer to the homeless.
PHOTO PROVIDED Chase Nave, Tim Higginbotham and Rick Zurbriggen work extremely hard under the blazing sun doing repairs and demolishing work on the Envision Campus.
PHOTO PROVIDED Lydia Whalen and Jenna Senkeleski cleaning their brushes after painting the outside of the church.

Over the summer, 15 middle school teens and leaders headed to Miami to participate in Sanibel Community Church’s annual summer mission trip Envision Miami.

For many of the teens, it was their first missions trip. During the week, the students had opportunities to minister to the homeless in downtown Miami. The teens prayed with the less fortunate and handed out toiletry packs. Hard physical labor was also performed. They demolished an old baptistry, which included picking up concrete left from the demolition. Many teens painted the outside of the church.

With the help of New Revelation Church, H2O Youth Ministry hosted community barbecues. The students ministered and interacted with other teens and the local youth group. At Sunday church service, they showcased their gifts and talents and participated in praise and worship by singing.

When the week-long mission trip was over, the students and leaders enjoyed some downtime by visiting a local beach, toured the Everglades on an airboat, and cheered on the Marlins at a baseball game. The teens will return to Envision Miami in late October to participate in a youth retreat.

H2O is a program for grades 6-12 that meets on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. for middle-schoolers and 6 to 8 p.m. for high-schoolers, plus Sundays from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Sanibel Community Church, at 1740 Periwinkle Way. For more information, contact Pastor Kevin at 239-472-2684 ext. 105 or “mailto:kevin@sanibelchurch.com”>kevin@sanibelchurch.com.