Newton grad preparing for mission trip

PLEASANT HILL — Luke Thompson, a 2012 graduate of Newton High School and son of Joe and Bonni Thompson of Pleasant Hill, will be embarking on a mission trip of nearly a year. An organization called Adventures in Missions, based in Atlanta, Ga., plans mission work for young people who wish to commit part of their lives to spreading the gospel and helping people in remote areas of the world.

Luke’s group will travel to 11 countries in 11 months, doing a variety of mission work. There may be times they do construction of schools, churches or homes. They might work in refugee camps or work with children doing activities like Bible School. They may preach in the churches, feed the hungry or whatever the hosts in each country plan for them, based on the needs of the village or community.

Some of the countries accepting the missionaries are Greece, India, China, Bangladesh, Turkey, Indonesia, Nepal and Morocco. His group starts in Spain, where they will do team building and train for the rigors of the life of a missionary.

Luke is stepping out in faith to do this work he feels God has led him to do. Last year he went to inner-city Atlanta to do mission work and loved the experience — doing physical labor, working with children doing sports, participating in Bible School and feeding the poor. You have to plan well, yet be very flexible.

“I knew after I got home from Atlanta that I had to do more in this area,” Thompson said. “It was after that trip that I sought out and found ‘The World Race’ organized by Adventures in Missions.”

Luke’s group leaves at the end of March, so he is working full time and trying to raise the necessary funds to pay his way for the next year.

Covington Christian Church, 115 N. Pearl St., will hold a rummage sale in the church basement to support his mission. It will be held from 2-7 p.m. Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 15; and 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16.

Those would like to support his effort financially, you can mail a check to Covington Christian Church.