"This summer I went on my first missions trip to Philly with CSM. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
Getting to serve the people of Philadelphia alongside my youth group and friends, and showing them God's love was amazing.
My younger brother was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when I was 10. I had accepted Jesus Christ to become my personal savior one year before. Two months before we had moved across the country from Kansas to Virginia. God has been making some major changes in my life from then on and still is.
I thought I had some ups and downs so far in my life, that was until I went to Philly. I realized, I was the luckiest kid in the world to have a loving family, a house, a life, but most importantly a God who loves me and cares about me. I also realized that there are so many people that I can help. I always thought "there are billions of people in the world, how can just one teenager like me go up against that many people? My answer, GOD!
I want to really thank you, CSM, for giving me a life-changing experience and for giving me the opportunity to go to this great city. I also want to thank my youth group, my youth pastors and friends.
Thanks again, and God Bless you all!"
-CSM trip participant from VA
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