Mission Trip

Maui 2024

IMPACT Student Ministry looks forward to our mission trip every summer. Something special happens when students step out of their comfort zones to serve in new ways and places. This year, we are partnering with Praying Pelican Missions to provide disaster relief in Maui due to the wildfires in 2023. You can support us with your prayers and financial donations through multiple fundraisers (listed below) we will be holding in the early half of 2024.

Your support will contribute to a fantastic experience for our students and adults, fostering both service and growth. For more info, reach out to Ally Musselman.

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Fundraising Opportunities

Give a Little, Give a Lot

February 4 - March 10

This is our envelope fundraiser. You take a numbered envelope off of the giving tree and fill it with a check or cash corresponding to the amount on the front. Of course, we will always accept more or less than the number on the envelope if the number you are looking for is already taken.

MudLOVE Bracelets

March 10 - April 14

By ordering a $12 Maui MudLOVE bracelet, you're not just getting a stylish accessory – you're directly contributing to helping those affected by the fires in Maui. Let's come together to bring hope and assistance to those in need. Order now and be a part of something truly impactful! 

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Flamingo Flocking

April 1 - May 31

Let's have a little fun during the months of April and May! Have a neighbor you want to play a prank on? A friend you want to make laugh? Send a flock of flamingos to their yard!

A $15 donation sends a beautiful flock of pink birds to the yard of your choice for 3 days. A larger donation means a longer 6-day visit from our flock. You may also choose to donate $25 to purchase insurance for your yard, which will protect you from our bird friends landing near your home. However, we have a limited number of policies available and it only prevents one flocking. 

JOIN the Fun


May 7  |  11:00 - 10:00 pm

Who doesn't love an excuse to dine out? Join us at the Auburn location of Mad Anthony's for lunch or dinner or both! A portion of your total (if you hand in our flyer) will be donated to the mission trip. Flyers can be picked up at the Welcome Center or you can print your own from the link below.



Friday, May 17  |  7:00 pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening of fun and music at Singo Night, where we’re bringing the excitement of bingo and the joy of singing together for a fantastic cause! Hosted by IMPACT Student Ministry in Fellowship Hall, this event is a fundraiser to support our upcoming Maui Mission Trip, where we’ll be making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Singo combines the thrill of bingo with the magic of music, promising an evening filled with laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments. For just $10 per person, you can join in on the excitement and help us raise funds for our mission.

Whether you’re a seasoned bingo pro or a passionate shower singer, Singo Night is perfect for everyone. Get ready to test your musical knowledge, compete for amazing prizes, and groove along to your favorite tunes in a lively and welcoming atmosphere.

But that’s not all – we understand the importance of family, which is why we’re offering registration for childcare if needed, ensuring that everyone can participate in this incredible event.

So mark your calendars, spread the word, and join us for an evening of song, laughter, and community spirit. Your presence and support will make a difference in our mission to make the world a better place, one song at a time.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Register Now!

Meet the Team

Izzy is 17 and a junior in high school. In addition to being on the track and cross country teams at school, she is also on the swim team. Izzy is a part of the National Honors Society, art club, and 4H. She loves hanging out with her friends  and being as busy as possible. She is very excited to go on this missions trip, which will be her first mission trip. She hopes to grow closer to God and learn on this mission trip.

Mary married her high school sweetheart, Cody. They have a very busy household with 2 daughters - Susan and Sophia, 3 cats - Tiger, Figero, and Plagg, and 2 dogs Harley and Skylar. She works as a medical assistant at Parkview. In her free time, she likes to read and play video games. Her favorite way to serve in the church is with the youth. You could call her a leader, but she considers it is a joy and privilege to be able to walk alongside them. Every youth she has met has shown her the character of God in the most inspiring ways. Mary thanks you for your prayers and support. "I love you and God does even more."

Ally is the Director of Family Ministries at First UMC. She loves reading, spending time outdoors, learning new things, and hanging out with her fiance and two dogs! Ally has been on many mission trips in the US and overseas. Ally loves leading mission trips because of the tremendous growth and faith development that they can lead to. 

Callie is currently a freshman at DeKalb High School and enjoys playing sports, hanging with her friends, and many other hobbies. She is so excited for this mission trip. 

Mattie loves hiking and camping, spending time with family (husband and 2 sons). making anything with sourdough, trying new coffee drinks, and reading. This is Mattie's third mission trip with the last being about 17 years ago. Experiences during those mission trips have made a lasting impact on her and her spiritual growth. Through this missions trip to Maui she hopes to grow in her faith, teach others about God's love and help the people of Maui rebuild from the devastating fires.

Sophie is a junior in high school. She plays on the tennis and golf team, and enjoys reading, traveling, and going to the lake. This will be Sophie’s first mission trip. 

Mallory is 18 and a senior in high school. She has been a member of this church since birth. One of her favorite things to do is to hang out with anyone she can find. She loves to sing, dance, cause a few shenanigans, and have fun wherever she can find it. She is really excited to go on this mission trip because it will be her first one and because one of her biggest passions is helping people.

Kayla is 16 years old and plays volleyball. In her free time she loves to shop, travel, and hangout with friends and family! She is excited to go on this trip because she gets to help others while growing her relationship with Christ.

Kristen has been a member of First UMC for almost 20 years. She is a nurse, married to Joe, mom to Natalie and Madison, and a bonus mom to Devin. She is adjusting very nicely into her new role as a grandma (not sure if that will be what he calls her) to a happy little guy. This will be her 8th mission trip with the youth group!

Madison is 21 years old and currently studying Elementary Education as a junior. She has attended First UMC with her parents, Joe and Kristen Schultis, since she was a toddler. This will be her 7th mission trip. 

Natalie is 18 and a senior in high school. She has been a member of First UMC since birth. Natalie has gone on the last 4 mission trips making this one her 5th! She believes in showing other people who God is by the act of service. Going on mission trips has been an eye opener for her, she gets to see how everyone worships God and has realized that everyone worships Him differently. We chose to go to Hawaii this year because of the fires that have been happening, our youth group has never gone on a mission trip for disaster relief and this will be a new experience for all of us! She is so excited to participate in her last mission trip as a high schooler!

Katelyn is 22 years old and just graduated at USF with a chemistry degree and plans on attending medical school. She loves doing outdoors activities including running, swimming and jet skiing. Katelyn is excited to be surrounded by all the amazing people that are going on the trip. She is also excited to continue to grow a stronger relationship with God and to meet the people in Hawaii and hear their stories.

David is 21 years old and is an electrician in Auburn while attending trade school. He loves spending time with his family and friends, taking his dog on walks, and doing outdoor activities like going on a run. He is excited to see the impact that this group might have on the people of Maui. He is also excited to see if the skills he has learned during his on-the-job training will reflect in disaster relief. 

Greg is a long time resident of Auburn, and returned in 2022 after a professional career that took him to England, Cape Cod, Miami, plus Indiana! He is enjoying his time in Auburn which he calls home and recently became a member of the First UMC family. He is looking forward to making new friends and new experiences with this mission trip. 

Tessa is 15 years old and enjoys listening to music, automotive tech, racing, and cars. She enjoys going on mission trips because they open her eyes and continue changing her life perspective.

Lesley is married to her high school sweetheart, Rob, and they have 5 wonderful children. Lesley is an art therapist, loves traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family, and enjoys walking with her Collie and Golden retriever. She is thrilled to go on this mission trip with her daughter, Izzy. She believes serving in missions expands our understanding of the needs in other parts of the world. It gives us a chance to focus on serving others.

Amanda is a freshman in college and will be turning 19 years old very soon. She loves playing with her dogs, traveling, and reading. She also loves hanging out with friends and family. Amanda has a passion to work with kids! She is so excited for this year's mission trip because last year's trip to Peru changed her life!

Emma is 15 years old and enjoys going to church, doing 4-H, FFA, and archery. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends. Emma has always loved going to church, and after high school she would like to go on more mission trips and start a non profit organization. She is really excited for this trip, because she gets to help people, and that is one of her favorite things to. She loves giving back and helping people.

Krista is married with 3 adult children, 2 dogs and is gaining a daughter in-law in April. She loves stamping cards, reading, spending time on the UTV and being with her family. Krista is so excited to go on this mission trip to Maui. She has never done anything like this before and is looking forward to helping their community rebuild and offering support in any way possible.

Ryleigh is 20 years old and has a great passion for youth ministry, missions, and people in general. This will be her 6th mission trip! She is excited to see how God grows her faith through this trip to Maui and opens her heart to new opportunities. Her hope for this trip is to learn more about herself and what God’s purpose and plan is for her life.

Faith is 16 years old and is the oldest of 4 siblings. She is a Sunday school teacher and youth representative at her church. Her hobbies include horseback riding, volleyball and softball. She is excited about this trip because she will get to grow her relationship with Christ to a higher level. She also very excited to help others who are in need. She is looking forward to creating new relationships and binds while being able to work with other Christian youth.

First United Methodist Church
1203 E. Seventh Street | Auburn, IN 46706
office@auburnumc.church | 260.925.0885


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