BUMP Trip Recap

Jr. High Missions Trip BUMP Recap


First things first, praise God for Beth Firestone and Ian Rundquist! I don’t think that BUMP would have happened without them! Ian was a huge blessing with driving the group to Minnesota, flying back to work the week, then flying to Minnesota to drive the group back home. Also, Beth was such a wonderful leader to the students. There were a lot of uncertainties and questions going into the trip such as how would we get there, where would we stay, how is this actually going to work? But God provided! He provided housing in the form of a church parsonage at the church where Beth’s parents attend. God also helped us navigate with Payne Avenue Church what to do during the Summer Family Nights. It was a partnership like I have never experienced before and it was an amazing testimony to the power of God at work. 


This year was definitely different than previous years when we partnered with Payne Church and their week of Vacation Bible School. For VBS, we had to prep a different craft, have a different snack and do a different lesson each day. However, with the Summer Family Nights it was the same lessons and activities each day and our students really excelled. We were so blessed by the students (Roni Ebenezer, Andrew Firestone, Rebekah Firestone, Ana Lau, Micah Lauby and Elizabeth Lupu-Vieru) as they were hard workers and were willing to do the jobs given to them. The only real struggle we had with the group, was actually making a decision as they were a very flexible group.  We had to eventually ask students what is something they would least like to do.


Overall, God brought 75 different families to the Summer Family Nights and Payne Avenue Church was able to make some good connections. Our prayer for them now is for those connections to be maintained and that more people in the community will be interested to find out who God is by checking out Payne Church.


— Anna Lichtwalt, Team Leader

Micah explaining the wheel questions
Rebekah helping a student make a salvation bracelet
By the Payne Church sign
Elizabeth at the building block center
Andrew and the Jenga tower
Rebekah, Ana and Andrew taking a break
Beth explaining the salvation bead bracelet

Roni delivering invitations
Anna face painting