MYF—Learning Through Work

When our First Mennonite youth met at the church at 6:30 one morning back in June, there was excitement—and wondering—about the four-hour trek to Hungry World Farm in Tiskilwa, Illinois. This three-day excursion was the first MYF service trip in several years—and for a few of the youth, their first group trip ever. The teens and sponsors were able to stay in several apartments on the farm, so they were close at hand to the chores and experiences planned for this group of “city kids” learning about the hard work involved in growing food. Polled to share trip highlights, the youth came up with the following list—in no particular order. You should ask them about personal favorite memories.

  • Wood chopping
  • Path building
  • Blueberry patch
  • Homemade pizza
  • Bonfire, hot dog roast, homemade ice cream with baked apples
  • Gabe and the cats
  • Playing games
  • Youth making dinner
  • The prairie
  • Weeding in the garden
  • Building up leaves around the potatoes
  • Working with the earth on a beautiful day!

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Marilyn Stutzman

MYF sponsors Marilyn Stutzman, Jason Schmucker and Andrea Grotenhuis worked with the youth group, as well as staying on the farm with them for meals, games and fun with the animals.

You can also ask these adults to share a favorite memory!

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