Clifton Park Several teens from the Clifton Park area will be going on a trip for spring break, but their days won’t be spent lying on the beach.
The group, The Senior High Youth Group from Christ Community Reformed Church in Clifton Park (CCRC) will leave for New York City on Easter Sunday to embark on a week of missionary work.
“Our mission is to do work as an active act of faith – locally, internationally and internationally,” said the Rev. Johan Bosman, who has been at the church for eight years.
Nine high school students and two adults will be staying in the Bronx and working in cooperation with Priority 1 Ministries, an organization headquartered in Pennsylvania dedicated to teaching youth about missionary work through coordination of missionary trips between church groups and those inneed.
Ryan Golden, a sophomore at Shenendehowa High School, is looking forward to the trip. He’s been on a few in the past and says that with this one being to the Big Apple, it was interesting to him.
“Some people are not as fortunate as we might be. I get a perspective when I come back and realize that my brother and sister, when Italk about the trips, are listening and hear my side. Then maybe they’ll want to help out too when they can. My brother will be going to confirmation classes next year and will probably go on next year’s trip. I thought he’d be bored hearing me talk about it, but he’s interested,” said Golden, whose brother is 13 and sister is 10.
Golden shared an experience of a prior trip, saying, “We entered on to a farm where we helped raise animals that were being sent to another country. I thought it was really cool that we were able to help people from another country without having to actually go to another country. I realized how little other people have.”