Our Mission Jamaica Adventure has begun

Our day started before most people had their first cup of coffee! We left Rochester at 2am and made it through the MPLS airport to board our 5:30am flight to Atlanta. A few jars of jelly, sunscreen, peanut butter & Aloe Vera jars were confiscated at the security gate (oops!) but we safely flew from MPLS to Atlanta onto Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

Our group of 25 youth & 7 adult leaders rolled through immigration and customs with patience and flexibility! The heat and humidity welcomed us as we flew through the busy streets to arrive at our YWAM camp and settle into our rooms before a delicious, home-cooked Jamaican meal (pumpkin rice, oh my!).

Bedtime is very early tonight but before we went to sleep, we had to create our Flat Jesus’ for our mission trip adventures this week. Here is our first trip picture, with Flat Jesus. 

Thank you for your support and prayers! This trip is going to be an awesome one!! God has truly blessed us each step of the way!


“We love because God first loved us.” The Zumbro HS trip comes to an end. 

Day 2 of the Adventure, on our Mission Adventure trip, continued yesterday, August 6, with hiking and many pictures at Red Rock Park & Ampitheatre in Morrison, CO. Then, we travelled back to our host church, Messiah Lutheran Church, in North Platte, NE. 

But, before we could do devotions and go to bed, we had a little adventure – closer to the ground- at Cody’s Go Carts in North Platte. By the faces in these pictures, we had a blast!!

Today, August 7, our trip is on the move towards home. Please pray for our safe travels. Please pray that the stories and memories from this trip are shared and cherished for years to come. 

As this last trip blog finishes, a huge THANK YOU goes out to the phenomenal adult leader team of Jenni Horman, Jeff Leland, Bob & Sue Jenkins. Besides their amazing driving skills, it was a blessing to work & minister alongside them on this trip. Their patience, love, flexibility, faith & encouragement touched the lives of these kids forever! And so, we are able to love: Able to love God. Able to love others. We love because God first loved us.  –Kris Oppegard