Cruise with a Mission Celebrates 5th Year
On Dec. 9, 2012, 73 individuals from around the country gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to set sail on the Center for Youth Evangelism’s fifth Cruise with a Mission (CWM). Each year, this young adult focused mission-trip-meets-vacation aims to cultivate a lifestyle of connecting with God and building Christian community through on-board worships, community building experiences, and mission projects at ports visited on the trip.
Ryan Simpson, Southern New England Conference Young Adult Ministries director, was the featured speaker for the 2012 cruise and shared daily worship thoughts. Simpson’s dynamic and personal messages encouraged young adults to get “On-board with God,” despite the storms in our lives. Melody Ilacas, a young adult who attended the trip, commented that Simpson’s messages “reminded us that storms help to build our character.”
During the missions aspect of the trip cruisers were offered diverse opportunities. Mission ports included Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; and Mohogony Bay, Honduras. This year the group brought 100 gallons of paint with them for three painting projects. Other options at port included light construction projects, landscaping and cleanup, as well as a Vacation Bible School.
If you’re looking for a vacation that focuses on service, try Cruise with a Mission. Cruise with a Mission 2013 embarks September 15–22, 2013 to the beautiful state of Alaska. Early-bird registration is now open at www.cye.org/cwm.