The Senior High Youth Group and chaperones are readyfor their trip to New York City, which will focus on missionary work. Picturedfrom left to right are: Hutch Tibbits, Leslie Lindenbaum, Lisa Lindenbaum,Sarah Ingraham, Gerhard Bosman, Sarrah Essa, Olivia Rooke, the Rev. JohanBosman. Not available for the picture: Bryce Parsons, Ryan Gordon andQuinn Zusy.
continued On this trip, the group will be helping to prepare and serve meals, assisting the homeless and volunteering at a Bronx store house, among other work. Bosman feels strongly that these trips serve to teach their youth through being “hands on” and are vitally important.
“What we try to do at the church is take the kind of approach that we can care and serve each other. The kids learn from a very young age toget involved with community and to be serving, realizing it may not always bein the most comfortable situation and the food may not be the best. They really become sensitive to others. We expose them to the real world. We’re fortunate here,most of the kids are in privileged homes, and it’s good for the adults to see as well. It’s not always as good as we have it here,” said Bosman.
He added that the kids will be interacting with the homeless, an aspect that helps them to realize that most people aren’t homeless because they’re lazy, but that there are other factors involved.
Hutch Tibbits, an adult chaperone for the trip and member of thec hurch for nearly 10 years, has not been on a mission trip yet but is ready for the challenge. Tibbits, a retired guidance counselor from Guilderland Central School District, is also a Stephen Minister at CCRC. Stephen Ministers assist those in the congregation who may be having difficulties in their lives.
“Hopefully they’ll come away with a sense of compassion for how others have to live, to see for example where there’s no housing and people have to fend (for a place to stay) and for food,” said Tibbits of the potential influence of the trip for the kids.
“Johan (Bosman) is a regular guy, and so knowledgeable about so many things. He’s just a wonderful person and really knows people. He’s always available and interested. His wife Marie is very talented as well, especially in the choir, and the two of them are quite an engaging pair,” added Tibbits.