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FTF Hosts Disney Trip Reunion in AZ
On May 16, “We’re Going to Disney World!” trip participants from the past nine years gathered together in Scottsdale for a reunion to catch up and have fun! The group of about 170 people enjoyed a delicious dinner courtesy of long-time partner Carrabba’s Italian Grill along with dessert and demonstrations from Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt. Time was spent swimming, playing sports, taking selfies, catching up, and sharing memories. Check out the photos of this fun gathering on Kurt’s Facebook page by clicking here!
Warners Help Youth Put Finishing Touches on Habitat Home in Cedar Rapids
Kurt and Brenda along with members of the extended Warner family worked alongside Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity staff and local area youth to landscape and put finishing touches on another Youth United home before dedicating the home to a hardworking family. The Youth United program in Cedar Rapids is made possible through $125,000 in grant funding pledged by First Things First over a five year period. The Warners and First Things First have been involved with Cedar Valley Habitat since 2009 in response to the flood of 2008 which devastated Kurt’s hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since then First Things First has helped generate nearly $1,000,000 in financial support for Cedar Valley Habitat and its families. In addition to financial support, Kurt and Brenda have made several visits since 2009 to swing hammers, raise walls, and most recently to lay sod and plant bushes.
Summer Mission Trip Scholarships Awarded
As Spring Break Mission: Possible! Scholarship recipients begin submitting follow-up reports, new groups of students have been awarded with scholarships for their summer service-based mission trips in the US. A total of 47 groups from across the country were awarded with scholarships totaling $39,000 to serve the needs of various communities this summer with projects such as home repairs, community garden planting, caring for those with disabilities and the elderly, serving in food banks, and more. As one advisor wrote, “It is so important to teach the youth about Christ and His teachings and the way in which He lived His life for us. This teaching is vital, but to just teach is like just having a vertical cross that is missing the horizontal part. The youth need to experience being Christ’s hands and feet. They need to experience giving to others without being paid back in return. They need opportunities to live out Matthew 25. To me service is the horizontal piece of the cross and a necessary piece.” Please join us in prayer for these groups as they share the love of Christ through service this summer.
Treasure House is a supported residential community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit treasurehouse.org to learn more.