Outside Looking In
After coordinating four vital mission trips that provided assistance to hundreds of people, Terri Myhre is passing the torch to Andy and Emily Hennen.
"It's time to pass this on," said Myhre, explaining that her youngest son, Cole, will be graduating this school year.
"I don't know as many of the younger kids coming up now so it's harder to connect with them," she added. "I knew a lot of the kids when my three boys (Matt, 23; Tyler, 21; and Cole, 18) went on the mission trips. Andy and Emily have two younger daughters, so it was time to let someone younger take over."
Myhre coordinated the first mission trip in 2014. Only kids in Hope Lutheran Church went on that mission and were called Youth of Hope. After that, it was opened up to include youths from St. Edward's Church in Minneota, St. Eloi in Ghent, St. John's in Wilno, St. Peter and Paul in Ivanhoe, and Bethany Elim in Ivanhoe, as well as Hope Lutheran Church.
In 2016, the Minneota Area Mission Group embarked on a mission trip to San Diego, followed by a 2018 trip to the Niagara Falls area.
"The kids have always been able to choose where we go," Myhre explained.
The group was unable to attend a mission last year because of the pandemic and went this past month instead.
Even though it is difficult to plan and organize a trip of this magnitude with 25 youths and eight parents attending, Myhre sees it from a different perspective.
"I don't look at it as work," she said. "It's so incredible. It's refreshing working with the kids and parents."
Myhre also deflects any praise for the work she has done, even though the kids and parents have mentioned countless times how important her efforts have been to make these trips possible over the years.
"It's the kids that make these trips possible," Myhre said. "They deserve the credit. They are all willing to do the work and they want to be involved, even though they don't win any medals for doing it. Their reward is helping those that need help."
Myhre also gave a lot of credit to the area towns for these trips becoming a reality.
"The fundraising takes care of itself," she said. "We are so grateful for the financial and spiritual support we've been given."
Myhre also said the parents deserve a huge thank you for placing their trust in the adult chaperones and encouraging their kids to participate.
"Our chaperones were phenomenal and play a huge role in making these trips successful," she noted.
She also gave thanks Pastor Allen Campbell for going along on the trip and sharing a message to the group each day.
While it's true that all of these people deserve a slice of the "thank you" pie, Myhre is the one that put all the ingredients together to make it all possible.
Myhre's hope is that when the kids who have gone on these mission trips might coordinate similar mission trips when they get older and raise families.
While Myhre admits she will miss coordinating the mission trips, she hinted that if asked, she would likely volunteer as a chaperone for the next one.
Joanne Myrvik stopped into the Mascot and invited Amy and me to the Senior Center at the conclusion of Crazy Days this past Friday for a hot cup of "egg coffee".
I had never heard of egg coffee but I'm willing to try anything.
Egg coffee originated in Sweden and made its way to the United States in the late 1800s. It has become a tradition for some church gatherings of Scandinavian-Americans in the Midwest and was dubbed "church basement coffee".
To make egg coffee, a raw egg is added to the coffee grounds before brewing the coffee, creating a potting soil-like mixture. Some egg coffee lovers even used the crushed eggshells in the mixture.
The egg helps clarify the coffee, allowing the grounds to separate from the water easily. The egg whites extract the bitterness from the grounds and enhances the caffeine.
I have been a coffee drinker for many years, and egg coffee is one of the smoothest and least bitter cups of coffee I've ever had. I highly recommend trying it.