July 14-23, 2023

GRYM is headed to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, with YoungFriends (a ministry of Let's Start Talking)!

What is YoungFriends?

Let's Start Talking sends hundreds of short-term missionaries every year to sites all over the world to spread the gospel through the offer of free English lessons.

YoungFriends is the teen branch of this ministry. It allows teens in other countries to learn English, while also having fun and meaningful interactions with Christian teens from the U.S.

Who Is Going?

This mission trip is for current 9th-12th graders of Garden Ridge Youth Ministry who are ready to share their faith and set a godly example.

The group will be led by Trane and Tamara Wyatt (with their kids tagging along) and a handful of adult volunteers from Garden Ridge.

If you are interested in going, complete this UPDATED online form to apply.

The team will be chosen from among those who apply BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13.

(Applying does not guarantee a spot on the team.)

Those who are chosen need to complete this "Share Your Faith" assignment BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27.

The cost of the trip is yet to be determined.

It will be more than $3000, but aside from a deposit, most or all of that will come from personal and team fundraising.

Trip Basics.

The group will fly out Friday, June 23, 2022. While there, we will do daily fun activities and reading groups using the Gospel of Luke with local teens. Most of these activities and reading groups will be led by the GRYM teens.

There will also be opportunities to explore and see the sights in this incredible city.

The group will return Sunday, July 2.

How to Contribute.

If you would ​like to help the participants achieve their fundraising goal, you can do that in several ways:

1 | Donate directly via LST.org

Go to LST.org and click on Donate (choose LST Worker Donation).

Search for the participant by name. On their page, you can donate any amount and leave a note of encouragement if you wish.

2 | If you are local and a member of Garden Ridge church of Christ, you can post jobs on our Facebook site for the team to do for donations. To find our site, click here (or search @GRYMfundraising or "Garden Ridge Youth Ministry Mission Fundraising").

3 | There will be various fundraising activities and services throughout the year. You can participate in those, as well.

A Word about Safety.

Garden Ridge and Let's Start Talking take the safety of all participants very seriously. Garden Ridge has selected Rio among many options partially due to information that suggests Rio de Janeiro would not be particularly unstable or dangerous for U.S. citizens.

Let's Start Talking has resources within the U.S. government and with locals in each of their mission cities to monitor conditions. If there are changes in the political or social climate that would make it unsafe for groups to visit a certain site, LST will have back-up locations to send those groups to at NO further expense to the participants.

All major cities (at home and abroad) have potential risks and threats. GRYM enforces policies and practices when in such places to minimize danger.

For information about travel advisories, as well as tips for safe travel outside the U.S., go to this U.S. Government site.

Rio YoungFriends Mission Trip