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Teen Missions Trip - May 30-June 5

From May 30 to June 5, 2008, Pastor and Mrs. Mark Maxwell led thirteen teens from Tri-City Baptist Church on a missions trip to help the small staff at Castlepoint Ministries in Lucerne, California prepare for its summer camp program.

Everyone worked diligently and accomplished a lot. They cleaned 60 rooms, organized and reset rooms for camp, refinished two restroom floors, built framework and sand pad at the end of the water slide to catch high-flying teens, weed-wacked, weeded, repaired bad boards in the deck, cleaned up roofing mess, cut down a tree, cut and split one and a half cords of wood, put up scaffolding, unloaded two trucks full of supplies, and washed dishes--lots and lots of dishes.

The group also ministered at Calvary Baptist Church in Alameda, California, where the teens sang two specials and Pastor Max preached the Sunday morning message. The week wasn't quite all work and no play; riding the waterslide, playing hide-and-seek in the castle with lights out, and sight-seeing in San Francisco added a little fun to the trip.

This trip helped fulfill Tri-City Baptist Church's vision, mission, and values by promoting and developing teamwork and compassion in the teens by giving them an opportunity to see, help, encourage, and fellowship with other ministries in the West. It was a great success and everyone wants to go back next year!

Read the thank-you note from Castlepoint



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Dear Pastor Sproul,

Thank you so much for allowing the young people from your church to come to the Castle for the past few days. Pastor Maxwell and Allie were a huge blessing. They did a wonderful job of keeping the kids on task, keeping their attitudes positive, and helping them to understand the eternal value of scrubbing toilets, splitting wood, and doing dishes at a place like this. I really think that the kids "caught the vision" not only for Castlepoint, but for The Ministry as a whole.

Their attitudes were great! They worked hard. They had fun doing it. They sang as they worked (at least some of them did). We had some wonderful testimony times. They left several "thank you" notes when they left this morning. The only bad thing about the whole week was that they woke me up at 5:00 this morning to say "goodbye" before they left! :) I guess I can survive that.

I know that this trip cost your church a great deal of money. We don't take that lightly. Thank you for the investment of time, money, and energy to help the youth and churches of California. Because of the work that your youth group did, our staff is better prepared for the summer than we have been since I got here. We are encouraged to know that there are young people like this still out there. We have been able to do some of the tasks that have taken away from our staff training week (weed-eating hillsides, fixing pools, cleaning rooms, etc.) and we will even get one full day - which is like a diamond to us - a day to relax before the summer marathon begins. Normally, we are scrambling up to the last minute to get everything done.

We just had a prayer meeting for safety for the team as they head back. We will be excited to hear about how the trip to Castlepoint re-energizes the youth group in Tempe. Thank you again for your vision for the West that is not only displayed in this youth group trip, but in the work teams that have gone out from IBC as well. We appreciate your ministry and heartbeat, and hopefully share a kinship with you that will last for years to come.

God bless!

Dan Pelletier, director

Castlepoint Ministries