While most teens are hitting the slopes or vacationing in a sunny climate for spring break one Palmer Ridge High School teen will be spending hers helping others and spreading the love of God.
Amber Fristoe will be spending her spring break in Guatemala with 10 others from her church. Freedom Church, in Colorado Springs, sends teams to countries around the world to share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ through their Freedom Outreach and Missions program. This year they will be sending teams to Thailand, Philippines, China and Tanzania. This is Fristoe's second trip to Guatemala.
“I really want to be a missionary and I feel that's God's plan for my life,” Fristoe said.
While in Guatemala the team will be street evangelizing, ministering through dramas, skits and dance, teaching English, participating in work and construction projects, offering vacation bible school for the children and teaching about hygiene.
Fristoe said some of the team members will also be travelling to an unreached people group in a rural mountain village to take rice, oil and other staples.
“They live off bananas and water seven months out of the year. They make their money selling coffee beans,” Fristoe said.
By an unreached people it means that they have never heard the gospel. Fristoe said she is looking forward to sharing about Jesus Christ.
“It's super important that we give them the chance to hear it. They might not have heard the gospel before,” Fristoe said.
The 15-year-old hopes to one day go to the Philippines and Thailand. Fristoe's mom Teresa went to Thailand last year but missionaries have to be 21 because they are going into the bars to minister to girls that work in the sex trade industry. Once she is out of high school Fristoe plans to attend the International House of Prayer University in Kansas City to study missions.
Fristoe said it will be very hot and humid in Guatemala and while some of her friends have questioned why she would want to spend her spring break doing missions in a third world country most of them think it's pretty cool.