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Outbound is the youth ministry of New Covenant Fellowship. We exist to learn, love, and live out the grace and truth of Jesus Christ together. What that means for us is that we are a welcoming community that is on an incredible adventure and we get to travel alongside some pretty awesome people! At Outbound, we believe that every student is a leader in some capacity. Everything we do is geared towards equipping students and giving them the opportunity to lead by serving throughout the ministry. We want students to own their faith as they own their ministry. We also have an amazing group of adult volunteers who love the Lord and intentionally invest in the lives of our youth.

Get connected and serve throughout the week. Sunday nights we gather from 6:00–8:00pm for fellowship, games, Bible study, and worship, led by our youth praise team! It’s a great time to rock out and praise the Lord together.

Each Wednesday we offer a smaller group setting to dive deeper into how teaching impacts individual situations. We meet from 6:00–7:30pm in the youth room and then head out to eat and enjoy a time of fellowship.

Throughout the year we offer various service and outreach events along with several big trips (Senior High Fall retreat, The Edge Conference for Junior High students, a Senior High mission trip, a Presbytery-wide Winter Retreat, etc.) There is always a chance to get plugged in.

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2022 Outbound Blog Posts
Lake Charles Day 13!

Hey there New Covenant! 


WE FINISHED OUR LARGE RAMP PROJECT TODAY!!! Today was initially supposed to be a fun day where we went some place in Lake Charles such as the beach or the waterpark but our student leaders decided that we would rather take the day in order to finish the large ramp project we have been working on for the past two weeks. We knew that we had only one more day of work if we pushed hard and so it was super cool to get it done today!


We began the day as usual, with breakfast and then a time of devotionals. Today we went through the first large chunk of chapter 6. I was struck by how Nehemiah was confident in the Lord. He was confident in the Lord’s calling on his life. He was confident in the Lord protecting him against real threats. He stood firm and rested in the Lord. I want to grow in resting in confidence in the Lord, knowing that he is ultimate in control and I am called to be still and know. 


After our devotionals time we did a deep clean of the church (today was our last full day in Lake Charles) and then got ready for worksite! At the worksite we finished up placing the treads on to the ramp we have been working on since week 1 and placed railings on. It was really cool watch our team work together. The students were really motivated and excited to be able to serve and finish the ramp. My favorite moment of the day was when it began POURING rain out of the blue (thankful there was no thunder/lightning so we didn’t have to go to the vans) and Kayla, Sarah, and I got to level out one last stone at the base of the ramp. We were soaked to the bone and were trying to place dirt in the middle of puddle underneath the stone. It sounds not as fun as I type it out but the girls and I were so determined to do the task and were working so well as a team. It was such an exciting moment when we finally got it level and I loved getting to work with them. I had planned on working till lunch and then getting to have a fun afternoon together as a team but everyone was so determined to finish the job that we kept on working till the ramp was done at about 3 o’clock. I was so proud of the kid’s dedication and hearts for service. After spending two weeks in the hot sun and doing hard work, they could have very easily chosen to have a fun day today like was originally planned but they chose to sacrifice that in order to serve this family and finish the week out strong. 


After our time at the worksite we headed back to church and took our last showers for the trip. We then got ready to go out to eat for dinner at an authentic Cajun place! I really enjoyed what I ate (it was something with crawfish, a sauce, and rice but I don’t remember the name) and had fun hanging out with the students and hearing how they are doing and feeling. After dinner we went out for ice cream! My favorite moment was dancing with a wiggly woo (what I like to call those inflatable dancing tube people that they have outside to car dealer ships or mattress stores) with Anna. 


After ice cream we headed back to the church and had one last team time all together! It was good to process through the past two weeks as a group and encourage one another. After that we were supposed to head to bed.. many of the students enjoyed so fun chaos though for the last night (we may or may not have been launching people on a slightly deflated air mattress) 


I’m so grateful for all of your prayers through out this trip! I’m so grateful to have been able to spend so much time with many of your kids and to love on them and speak the truth to the gospel to them! 

Lucy Sicks 

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Lake Charles Day 12!

Hello New Covenant! 


We had another good and productive day today! We began the day as we typically do with breakfast and then a time of devotionals. Today we continued our study of Nehemiah, going through chapter 5. I was most struck by how Nehemiah lived as an example to what he was saying. He practiced what he preached and didn’t ask the people he led to do anything that he wasn’t willing to do himself. It was a great example of how a leader should lead. The passage was also a good reminder that sometimes as leaders opposition can come from within the group of people you are leading, rather than outside like we might typically expect. 


After our devotional time we got ready for worksite and headed off to the place where we had done brush clearing the previous week (days 2 and 5). Today, we worked on more brush clearing and filled up one trailer full of brush and debris. Along with brush clearing, we also replaced a small ramp into the home of the family who’s house we were at. The previous one was beginning to rot and was at a pretty steep incline. We were able to build one in one day with a much gentler incline, allow the family to enter their home more easily. In order to be able to finish the ramp all in one day, we ending up splitting our group in two. One half of the group stayed back at the worksite and finished the ramp in between rain and thunder (we kept having to wait in the vans when the lightning got bad but were still able to finish well). The other half of the group drove back to the church to quickly change and then headed over to the apartment complex for our last VBS of the week. We had only a few kids show up but they were some of our very consistent kids so it was great to see them and continue to pour into them. After VBS we headed back the church and showered. Joe and I prepared dinner for the group and enjoyed prepping some breaded chicken, roasted veggies, rozoto, and yeast rolls! We ended up pushing dinner back about an hour in order to wait for the ramp building group and enjoyed eating together as a group. 


After dinner we had some team time and then headed to bed! 


Please be praying for energy for our group! We are all really feeling the exhaustion right now and we need the Lord to provide us with his strength to continue pressing on. 


Hope you all are doing well! 

Lucy Sicks

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Lake Charles Day 11!

Hey New Covenant! 


We had a really productive day today! We began the day with breakfast and then a time of devotionals. Today we skipped a section in our booklets, meaning that we focused on Nehemiah 4. I read through Nehemiah 3 during my devotional time but primarily thought about Nehemiah 4. The idea of being active is what stood out to me most as I was reading this morning. Nehemiah was so active in caring for those he was leading and their fears. He didn’t belittle them and he was naive. He listened to their fears and took the appropriate means necessary but ultimately pointed them back to the Lord and reminded them of the truth and hope they have in him. It was also fascinating how the people were complaining about the amount of work they had to do and Nehemiah’s response was to tell them to work with one less hand (in order to hold a weapon in that hand) but pointed them to God. So often we try and rely on our own strength, when in really we can do so much more with more of God and less of us. 


After our time of devotionals, most of us headed off for worksite back at our ramp project! A few people (Daniel, Corin, Kate, Caylee, and Josetta) stuck back at the church to paint the trim in the hallway we worked on yesterday. They did a great job and finished all the trim! The rest of our group split up into groups and worked on the ramp. With the ramp project, we knew that we needed to get a ton of work done today because we had missed yesterday due to rain. We really pushed hard through. It definitely felt like we caught our second wind. It was really cool watching how much our teams came alongside each other. I loved watching our build team’s dedication (Anna, Emma, and Ashley). Our dig team jumped in wherever help was needed and gave it their all (Savannah, Sarah, and Joe). Our cut team was able to cut last minute needed cuts for the ramp and also cut all the pieces necessary for us to build a much smaller ramp tomorrow at another family’s house (Emily, Jaydenn, William, Kayla, and me). We ended up being able to do way more than we expected to and got half the treads done (the actual part you walk on). Now all that is left is to finish the treads and put on the railings! The coolest part about our time building the ramp was the lack of rain. Throughout our entire time being there, the rain clouds literally parted and we had no rain during the whole morning. We planning on cleaning up at 1:50 and pretty much exactly at 1:50 is when we started to hear thunder. It didn’t start raining until with left the worksite at 2:15. It was so cool getting to see how God wanted us there and to be able to work and how he provided by allowing it not to rain right where we were. 


After we wrapped up at the worksite, we headed straight to VBS and had fun playing with the kids. The best part was playing in a gigantic puddle all together and all getting soaking wet! 


After VBS, we all changed out of our still dripping clothes and showered before dinner. Dinner tonight was our Hawaiian night with stir fry as our meal! It was really fun to get to see everyone’s Hawaiian shirts and to have fun with it! We then transitioned to team time and then bed!


Grateful for you all!

Lucy Sicks

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Lake Charles Day 10!

Hello New Covenant! 


We began our morning as usual, with a lovely breakfast and then some devotionals time! We continued our study of Nehemiah and finished out chapter 2, reading the last half of the chapter. I was struck by Nehemiah’s wisdom in how he approached his task of seeing the state of the walls of Jerusalem and his confidence in the Lord and the Lord’s plan for his life. 


After our devotionals time we got ready for worksite and headed off to our ramp worksite location. When we were about 5 minutes away from the location, it began pouring rain and the forecast didn’t show any letting up. Our worksite leaders (Corin and Jaydenn) decided to have us head back to church to continue our work on painted the hallway. It’s really cool reflecting back on the day and seeing how much the Lord’s hand was in our shift in plans. There were quite a few conversations that needed to be had between students and by working inside at the church, it was the perfect setting to have them. Had we been at the worksite, those conversations couldn’t have happened or they wouldn’t be been as well done. I enjoyed chatting with students as we were painting and was grateful for the ability to check in with most of the girls. As for the actual work we got done, we fully finished painting the hallway at the church and did a second coat most everywhere! It was really nice to be able to finished a project we had started. 


After we were done painting, we cleaned up and headed over to VBS! We had a smaller group than usual due to lack of getting the word out to the neighborhood but the students did a great job engaging with the kids and it was a fun time. 


After VBS we headed back to the church. We showered and enjoyed chipotle bowls for dinner! After that we had another team time and were off to bed! 


Hope you all are doing well!

Lucy Sicks


Shout out to Damien! Joe can’t wait to meet him! 



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Lake Charles Day 9!

Hey there New Covenant! 


Today we began our work week! It was definitely a challenge jumping back into the week and the intense work rhythm after a weekend of rest and fun but did well all things considered. 


We began our day as usual with breakfast and then our devotionals time. Today we continued on in Nehemiah, reading the beginning half of the second chapter. I was struck by Nehemiah’s preparedness as a leader. He had a plan in place and when the Lord provided the opportunity, he was ready. He was also so patient in waiting on the Lord to provide that opportunity. Joe prompted us later in the day during team time as we talked through the devotional to think of what opportunity we would jump on if the Lord provided a way. He then asked what we could do to be prepare for if the Lord opens that door. It was a really cool thing for me to think through and I’m excited think more through it in the coming months. 


After our devotional time we headed off to our worksite to continue working on our ramp project from week 1. I got to work with cut team again and we were able to cut all the wood for this specific ramp! We got a total of 7 perfect cuts and had a lot of fun cheering each time we got one. We as a group made progress on the support beams that go under the ramp and are hoping to finish in the whole ramp in the coming days. We had a double worksite today, meaning that we stayed longer than we normally do at our worksite. We won’t begin VBS for this week till tomorrow so it allowed us to accomplish more on the worksite in the afternoon. It was definitely a harder day on worksite because it was a really humid and the students had lower energy due to that along with reseting after a weekend of fun. My favorite part of worksite was when we had to dig up some really hard ground. We at first were using the backs of hammers and crowbars until the owner of the house we are working at brought out his pick axe. We had a ton of fun taking turns with the pick axe. I had fun watching people like Daniel, Corin, Joe, and Josetta all go at it with the pick axe (Josetta may have been the most fun to watch). 


After worksite we headed back to the church for much needed showers and had my favorite dinner to date on this trip: CHICKEN TACOS. They were so so good. The chicken was seasoned perfectly (Jaydenn got to cook chicken for the first time!) and we had tons of fun toppings and they were just spectacular. Once we were done with dinner we had another team time and headed off to bed! 


Please be praying for the students and some of the relational dynamics between the students as there are some tensions right now. 


Grateful for you all! 

Lucy Sicks 



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Lake Charles Day 8!

Hello New Covenant! 


Day 8 was a great day of rest and we enjoyed our Sabbath! We began our day with breakfast and then our devotionals time. Since we wrapped up James yesterday, we began a new booklet and are studying through the book of Nehemiah. Today we read through Nehemiah chapter 1. I really was struck by how Nehemiah prayed and the structure of his prayer. I was also struck by how he was so patient in trusting the Lord to work and not rushing through prayer, instead spending months in prayer. 


After our devotional time we headed over to the sanctuary for church! The paster preached on 2 Kings 5:1-14 talking about the blindness of pride. I was most stuck by the pastor speaking on how we often want God to work in these big bold ways but so often he just calls us to walking in the simple commands he has given us. Naaman was given a simple command. All he needed was to obey. But he was blinded by the sense that he needed some big extravagant answer to his need.


After church, we headed to McAlisters for lunch (I got an AMAZING veggie sandwich). We then stopped at a nearby park for a few minutes to walk around and look at some fountains. Then we headed over to Walmart to shop for food for our week 2! We got probably 3-5 carts full of food! After Walmart we headed back to the church and prepped for a FANCY NIGHT! We all dressed up and enjoyed a dinner of spaghetti, Texas toast, salad, and sparkling grape juice! The theme nights are always fun to get to see people’s outfits and to have a fun time with something that is a normal rhythm of our days. 


Once dinner was wrapped up, we had some team time before heading off to bed! 


We appreciate your prayers!

Lucy Sicks



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Lake Charles Day 7!

Hey there New Covenant! 


Today was our fun day!! We got to choose to either go to the beach or go to a waterpark and our team leaders (Anna and Daniel) chose the waterpark! We began the day WITH A WHOLE EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP (Thanks to our awesome student leader Anna, for coming up with such a great way to care for our team (she wrote that XD)) which was much needed! The students also had the option to go get coffee in the morning, if they got up at the usual time (the kids haven’t been allowed to have coffee all week). I was the only one in my room who chose sleep! We then had breakfast as usual and a devotionals time. Today we wrapped up our study of James with looking at James 5. I was cool seeing all the interconnectedness of chapter 5 to the rest of the book of James. It’s so clear how intentional James was in how he wrote the letter! 


After our devotional time, we headed off to the waterpark! There we especially enjoyed the lazy river (I got a great nap in) and enjoyed some slides and just having fun as a group! It was good to relax and have good conversations with the students as we floated in the river or waited in lines for slides. I especially enjoyed conversation with Sarah and Ashley! 


After the waterpark, we headed back to the church and had some free time before we headed out to dinner! We went to a delicious burger place and enjoyed having a meal all together! We then headed back to the church and had some more team time. Then it was off to bed for us!


While there were a lot of really good things about today, there also were some harder things. As we are transitioning towards week 2, lots of things are coming to the surface; things that were likely frustrations under the surface are now coming up as students realize we have a whole week left. Pray for grace as us adult leaders guide the students well. Be praying that the Lord would be a work to grow them and shape them, even through frustrations and difficulties. 


Grateful for you all! 

Lucy Sicks

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Lake Charles Day 6!

Hello New Covenant! 


Day 6 went well! It was our last typically day of the week, because Saturday (tomorrow) is normally a fun day and Sunday we get to rest and enjoy church with the church we are staying at. 


The day began as it typically does, with breakfast and then our devotional time. Today, we went through James 4! My main thing that stuck with me after devotional time was a deeper longing for heaven and this earth being restored. I was also reminded of how much I need to submit to the Lord. So often in pride I want to lift myself up and am seeking to do that with my actions, forgetting that the Lord is the one to be lifted up and that if I am to be lifted up in any way, it should be by the Lord and not my own strength. 


As we were having our devotionals time, I got to watch the clouds roll in through the window I always sit in front of. I got to hear the thunder rumble and see lightning strike. It was a beautiful thing to watch. It did throw a wrench in our plans for the day though. We had planned on continuing to build the ramp we had worked on on days 3 and 4, but knew it was impossible in the rain. We therefore shifted plans and got to paint a hallway in the church that needed to be painted. As we painted I really enjoyed having some deep and intentional conversations with students, especially Kayla, Ashley, and Daniel. I know that even though I wasn’t a part of them, there we a lot of other good conversations happening as we painted. It was interesting watching how the rain impacted the energy of the group. The energy visibly decreased, likely also due to the added caution people had as they were careful as they painted and the smallness of the space we were all painting in.


After we finished painting headed off to VBS! I was really encouraged by how much the students engaged with the kids today. There are a few older kids who come (in their early to mid teens) and they can be harder to engage with. We talked in our evaluation time yesterday (day 5) about how we as a team could grow in engaging with these kids. I was encouraged by how many students put that to action and would actively seeking out those kids today at VBS. 


After VBS we came back to the church and showered, ate dinner (hot dogs!), and had another team time before heading off to bed! 


The students have done a really great job on the trip. If the trip were ending today, it would have been a majorly successful trip. We have gotten to see tons of growth in students and are really proud of where they are at. But because this is a two week trip the challenge now is for the students to go deep; to dive into the things they have learned in the past week. At this point in the trip it is easy to either go goofy and things fall apart or, for the students to go deep into the hard stuff and be challenged. Please be praying that the students would love each other well as the other needs to be loved, not just how it is easy to love the other person. Be praying for grace for the students as there may be things that have been hard throughout the week that get pushed out from under the surface as this next week progresses. 


Hope you all are doing well! 

Lucy Sicks



P.S. Kate says hi! 

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Lake Charles Day 5!

Hello New Covenant! 


Hope you all are doing well! We miss you all but grateful to be here in Louisiana for our two week missions trip! 


Day 5 went well! I could definitely see that the students were more tired today, as the week has gone on and the sleep deprivation is beginning to sink in. Our team began the morning as usual, with breakfast and then a time of devotionals. This morning, we went through James chapter 3. It was really interesting thinking about how we have been brought into the family of God and that we are called to live specific ways because we are in the family. It was cool thinking through how passing judgment on others is so important because it undermines that brotherhood with have through our adoption into God’s family. 


After devotionals time, we packed up and headed out to the worksite we had gone to on day 2! We needed to wait till there was an available day for some men in the church who have trailers could come to our worksite to take away debris. Today we specifically cleared some brush in their yard along with other various debris. It was cool watching our worksite team adapt to what they learned on day 2. On day 2, they assigned groups to specific areas of the yard to clear stuff, but it resulted in groups standing around after they finished the section and the lack of ability for students to jump in when they saw something that needed to be done. Our worksite leaders (Jaydenn and Corin) shifted well by having everyone work in one large group rather than a few small ones. We were able to be a lot more efficient and I really enjoyed watching the students get into the work we were doing. My favorite thing that the students did was as they were cleaning brush, they formed an assembly line. But this wasn’t just a normal assembly line! Each stick that they passed down was named, so they would say at the beginning of the line: “this is a fishing pole” or “this is simba” or “this is Harry Potter”. Each person would then tell the next person down the line what the stick was as they passed it. It was a really creative way to have fun and to be silly while getting to serve the family in really cool ways. 


At the worksite, we also had a really cool opportunity to hear from the family more about their story and how the hurricane affected them. I loved getting to chat with them and get to know them more and how the Lord has been at work in their lives. I really enjoyed especially watching some of the girls in the group, Sarah, Kate, and Anna, pausing their work to chat and listen to the family.  


We left the worksite location about an hour early, allowing us to head 30 minutes away to a dump to unload our trailers. I was crazy impressed with the motivation and effort the students put forth at the dump. We unloaded 3 VERY full trailers in less than 30 minutes! One for the men whose trailers we used said that his trailer was the cleanest he had ever seen it after we swept it out! 


After that, we headed back to the church to grab a few things before heading off for another afternoon of VBS! VBS went well, with a larger number of students showing up! We enjoyed water balloons and talked about the story where Jesus healed the leppers. 


After VBS we headed back to the church and enjoyed showers before dinner! We had a themed night for dinner today: PJ night! Everyone wore their PJs to dinner and we enjoyed breakfast burritos for dinner! We then had our team time where we talked over the devotional from the morning, evaluated the day, and then had another bead time! We then headed off to bed to rest for the next full day! 


Thank you all for your care and prayers! 

Lucy Sicks 



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Lake Charles Day 4!

Hello there New Covenant! 


Day 4: 


Day 4 was another really good day! We began the day with delicious banana bread muffins and enjoyed another devotional time! We continued on into the next chunk of James, going through all of chapter 2. It was a really good reminder of me to desire to view people as God sees them. It’s so easy to get caught up in how we sinfully view others and how we view ourselves. I need to be reminded and ask God to help me view them as he sees them, as people he created with a purpose and with love in his image. I also easily forget that I am valued by the Lord and have value based on the fact that he created me. I’m excited to keep walking through this trip, continuing to pray these things and ask that the Lord opens my eyes more and more. 


After our devotional time, we got ready for worksite and headed back to our ramp project from day 3! I think this may have been my favorite day on worksite so far. We continued to work in the same teams that we had the day before, continuing with what we had learned on day 3, allowing us to jump in and accomplish more things physically. I really enjoyed day 4’s work day in particular because of my group. I was a part of our cut team, meaning that we marked, measured, and cut all the lumber for the ramp we are building in order to support a family who needs to make their home more accessible. We changed who was operating our chop saw from Kayla to Emily. Kayla was doing a spectacular job operating the chop saw but we want to give lots of people the opportunity to learn how to operate the saw. Emily was definitely nervous at first as she was first learning how to operate the saw. Even so, she did a really good job jumping in and grew hugely in confidence as she went along. My favorite part of our time on worksite was the very end. At the end, our entire group got in this crazy amazing groove. Out of probably 15 cuts, we got 10 or so right on the first try, meaning that we placed the wood in the exact correct spot on the saw so that when we lowered the blade to check where it would cut the wood when turned on, the saw lined up perfectly to where we needed to cut. The other 5 or so times out of that 15, we got most of them on the second try of repositioning of the wood. It was so cool because it was our group working together in really good sync and it allowed us to be a lot more efficient and also got us really excited. One of the key reasons why we were able to get so many right on the first try was because of Kayla. She was one of our two people who were positioning the wood onto the saw and was bummed with the shift in jobs on the team. I was really proud of how she adjusted and lead our team to success by being really faithful in her job of positioning the wood. 


After worksite, we headed off to VBS! The highlight of VBS for me was our craft time. We had the four guys on our team, William, Jaydenn, Corin, and Daniel, hide the coloring sheets behind them, pretending to the wall of Jericho to reenact the story we talked about that day. We then had all the kids run around the table in the middle of the room seven times while being quiet (sleeping each time in between) and then running around 7 times on the last day before yelling as loud as they could around our wall of guys in order to make the walls fall down. It was a really cool way to engage with the kids and our particular group and a cool way to show the story. Our ministry team, Savannah and Kayla, have done a great job shifting plans for the VBS and the rest of our team has done a great job following their lead and responding well. 


We finished off the night with showers, dinner (pizza!), and team time before heading off to bed! 


Grateful for you all!

Lucy Sicks

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