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Jasper First Baptist youth mission trip marks 43 years of annual service

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      Youth from the Jasper First Baptist worked at the  Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families. Projects included maintaining the bike trails, building decks, building a playground, and sanding and staining the hardwood floors of some of the cabins. 

 

The planning for the annual Youth Mission Trip at First Baptist Church of Jasper is essentially year-round and nonstop. This is evidenced by the efficiency of this trip. Through trial and error, the Youth Mission Trip has continuously evolved and now operates as a well oiled machine. This is how FBCJ is able to report that this year marked the 43rd year of this annual trip, and the success of this year’s trip to the Black Mountain Home for Children in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 

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        Once you have been on a mission trip, you are always a part of the mission trip family.

The Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families was established in 1904, and has been caring for children in a supportive and family-style environment ever since. The home is able to provide activities for the children and raise money to support them by maintaining several acres of land which contain mountain bike trails, hiking trails, cabins, and other amenities. The youth from First Baptist Church of Jasper were able to work hands on with maintenance projects to protect these assets so that the children may continue to be able to use them.

While these construction projects are happening, there is an army of people in Camp Support maintaining the food supply (this year FBCJ went through over 250 boxes of Little Debbie snack cakes). These people are often spending four or more hours a day at the grocery store, planning and executing meals, and ensuring that not only does no one goes hungry after working all day, but that we are able to eat well every night with BBQ, steak night, taco Tuesday, etc. In addition to the food, YMT children have their own curriculum supplied by Day Camp workers. The children are able to bring home several crafts and have fun with daily activities such as the waterslide. Every day they are taken care of while their parents are working. Without Camp Support and Day Camp, mission trip would not be possible. Thank you.

The mission trip is about the youth. Once you have been on a mission trip, you are always a part of the mission trip family. This year, FBCJ took a photograph of the people who were a third generation member of their family who had attended a Youth Mission Trip. We highly anticipate the years when we will be taking the fourth and fifth generation pictures. 

Thank you to everyone who has ever supported this trip. We could not pull this off without every single person who has given in any way to Youth Mission Trip. We are looking forward to the next 43 years of YMT.