TRF teen joins music ministries in Hong Kong

Charlie Van Schaick

Charlie Van Schaick is looking forward to personally growing in his relationship with God during an upcoming missions trip. Charlie, 17, will spend four weeks in Hong Kong this summer as part of Carpenter’s Tools International Music Ministries.

“Like I said, it’s a really unique way to use my gift from God,” he said.

Charlie, who will be a senior this fall at Lincoln High School, will go to Hong Kong with a group of 10 other teens and young adults. They will perform worship songs and skits to share the gospel. Charlie will stay with a host family while abroad.

The Thief River Falls resident will play the drums with CTI Music Ministries. He has played the drums for about five years and provided a video of his drum-playing abilities as part of his application for this program.

Other CTI Music Ministries teams will travel to Guatemala and Honduras this summer. The organization also offers yearlong ministries.

Charlie will leave this area Wednesday, July 4. Prior to leaving for Hong Kong, he will participate in two weeks of training in Willmar.

Charlie is grateful to have the opportunity to actively share his faith. His interest in CTI Music Ministries began after speaking with a church worship leader and also after attending a CTI Music Ministries performance in Grand Forks, N.D.

Charlie’s participation in the program will also allow him to feed his quest to travel and play the drums. He also plays the piano, guitar, bass and violin in addition to singing. He is the son of Jim and Kelly Van Schaick.