Plans are in motion for a youth group mission to the Philippines. The youth group consists of children ages 12 to 16 from the King’s Cathedral church in ‘Ele‘ele. The King’s Cathedral youth group will join other youth groups from across the state. The groups will travel to the Philippines for just over two weeks, visiting communities in Davao, Mindanao and Manila.
There they will deliver clothes and instruments to sister churches, as well as start two new churches.
Joelle Moore, a youth leader of the church, is the Kaua‘i team coordinator.
“They wanted to go,” Moore said of the young members of the youth group. “We interviewed them and asked them why they would want to go on this mission and a lot of the responses were that God has changed their lives. They know there are people who are less fortunate than themselves so they want to help.”
Moore said they don’t have the exact itinerary yet, but she said the plan is to visit the different schools and buildings to serve wherever they can go.
“We’ll also be starting up two more churches there. We know we’ll have a real busy schedule ahead of us,” she said.
They’ve asked the community for assistance in donations and finances, and so far, Moore said, the response has been good.
“We just had our prime-rib fundraising banquet. It was $25 a person. It was a bit pricey, but where else are you going to get something like this,” she said. “It was fine dining. The team were the waiters. We did it in our sanctuary and completely transformed it. It looked great.”
Kaua‘i High School junior Tyresa Kapu is one of the members who worked the banquet and is going on the mission.
“I want to bring the gospel to the Philippines,” she said. “I want to see what God is doing there.”
Kapu is active in the youth ministry and children’s ministry. She said she will bring a camera and a journal to record what she does there.
“I’ve asked around how missions are and most are saying it’s a good experience,” Kapu said.
There will be eight people on Kaua‘i’s team, six youth group members and two adult chaperones.
As far as fund-raising goes, they’re still collecting donations. Their deadline to make the required amount of $1,800 a person is May 31.
For inquiries, contact Moore at the church: 335-6845.
• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or firstname.lastname@example.org.