ELGIN, Ill.- Clyde Elder
has been organizing and participating in youth mission trips for 28 years.
"They are a great way to give youth an opportunity to be the leaders," said Elder, director of missions, St. Joseph Baptist Association.
While taking advantage of the partnership between the Missouri Baptist Convention
(MBC) and northern Illinois, last summer the young St. Joseph mission team worked with Fox Valley Baptist Association
in Aurora, Ill. Plans are underway for the group to do more of the same this year.
"We do Vacation Bible
Schools, block parties and prayer walking and we are excited to go back this summer to see how God has been working," Elder
volunteered his team to do the whole thing," Sanders said.
"We are preparing them for a life of service," Elder