Support Youth on Mission Trips
Mission work is one of the ministries we are called to do as Christians. In Mark 16:15, Jesus commissions the disciples, saying, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news: to the whole creation.” These words lay heavy on the hearts of Cathedral parishioners, especially our youth. They are fervent in their desire to serve, proclaim the good news, and worship God.
Our mission work for the Treehouse community starts in our own home of Houston and reaches to the areas of Rockport and Costa Rica. Our annual Houston mission, a starting point for those in the 5th grade class, will join with the Cathedral’s own CUSE (Cathedral Urban Service Experience) program. This is a great opportunity for our youngest friends to get to know the city they live in, build leaders for our older students, grow closer together as a community, and experience God in a new way.
Our mission to Rockport, with the Diocesan Missionpalooza, will focus on Hurricane relief to areas hit hard by Harvey but also forgotten by much of the media. We welcome current 6th graders and up on this mission for construction, healing, and revitalization.
Lastly, our high school students will join adults from the Cathedral and others from Trinity Episcopal in Galveston on a short-term, international mission to San José, Costa Rica. This year’s mission will be construction-oriented at one of five sites the Costa Rican Diocese is focusing on. We are so excited for these opportunities to serve God and God’s people.
Each of these missions is important to our students in many ways; unfortunately, not all are able to afford these trips. That’s why each year the youth ministry team puts on a fundraiser: The Giving Tree. Donations to The Giving Tree from parishioners of the Cathedral are the main source of funds to send youth on these life-changing trips and other activities throughout the year. Our goal this year is to raise at least $20,000. Please join me in donating to support our missioners and the vital work they are doing in these communities.
There are several ways for you to donate. We will be in the cloister on Sundays starting April 8 through April 29. Pick one of the envelopes from our actual Giving Tree and keep a picture from one of our previous trips as a reminder to keep us in prayer throughout the summer. We will accept cash, checks, and credit cards in the cloister.
Donations can also be made by clicking here, or you can mail a check to the Cathedral office. Checks should be made payable to Christ Church Cathedral; we ask that you make Giving Tree clear on your check memo line and on the envelope.
I hope you will consider sending one of our students on mission in both financial support and in prayer.