Recently, a group of energetic fifth- and sixth-graders from Cowboy Fellowship Church of Atascosa County spent four days at STCHM tackling several work projects and leading the campus in hours of summer fun.
Cowboy Fellowship’s preteen ministry, called F.I.S.H. for Faithful In Serving Him, has gone on other mission trips in the past, but this was their first trip to the Children’s Home, children’s pastor Adam Shelburne said. He and F.I.S.H. leader Christy Reed visited STCHM earlier this year to check it out.
“We were impressed with all the people we talked to and with the campus as well,” Shelburne said. “And we were also impressed with the team that came together to be a part of this mission. Some of the kids have been on mission trips before, but for some, this is their first experience. Doing the work projects has been really good for our kids. They aren’t just sitting around this summer; they are getting involved.”
Shelburne said that all of the students had different responsibilities for the planned activities, which included landscaping around several cottages, picking up limbs and trash, leading in daily fun activities, holding a Bible study and chapel service, and helping serve a campus meal. The 10 students and six adult sponsors stayed in Borchers Cottage while on campus.
Serving at STCHM was Sydney Bogan. This was her first mission trip experience, and she is already planning to come back.
“It kind of changes you to see the kids and how they are,” Bogan said. “We did Bible study with them, arts and crafts, played games and just visited with them in their cottages. My favorite part was when we did arts and crafts. The kids said, ‘Wow, we’ve never done this before!’ They are really fun kids.”
One of Amber Martinez’s favorite activities was the dive-in movie at the swimming pool where they showed “Finding Nemo” and played games with the kids.
“The kids here have been really excited,” Martinez said. “It brings joy to their eyes when they see us. It’s like we touch their hearts, and by spending time with them, they touch our hearts too. It has really been good.”
Becky Moore, STCHM director of student ministries, has the privilege of helping outside groups plan projects and mission activities that will meet the needs of the Children’s Home and benefit the visiting team members as well.
“The children of the Cowboy Fellowship did an amazing job working on our campus,” Moore said. “God reminded us that age doesn’t really matter; the Lord will use anyone willing to serve Him.
“Each of the children had a responsibility and their adult leadership did a great job of teaching their children to lead out. It was refreshing to see young people stepping up to disciple their peers at STCHM. The STCHM children and the Cowboy Fellowship team had a great few days together, and no one was ready for the fun to end!”