Teenager Pete Duffy says he's on the doorstep of an experience he won't soon forget.
"I think it will change my life," he said.
The youngster, who will be an eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School next year, recently decided to participate in an evangelical mission to Hong Kong. The mission begins July 8 and ends Aug. 6.
Duffy will attend as a member of Teen Mania ministries, an organization that sends thousands of students a year on missions around the world.
Duffy said he learned about Teen Mania while attending a Newsboys Christian rock concert in the Valley last spring and was attracted to the organization because it designs missions just for teenagers.
"(Teen Mania) is dedicated to reteaching the teens of my generation and helping them reach the rest of the world through missions," he said.
Duffy, a member of the Payson First Southern Baptist Church, said he is looking forward to ministering in China through drama, street evangelism and personal contacts.
"I feel this is a perfect opportunity," he said. "I cannot think of a better way to spend my summer than sharing the Gospel with people who have never heard the Word."
Prior to leaving for Hong Kong, Duffy and his fellow missionaries will spend a few days in Garden Valley, Texas at a training site where they will learn about cross-cultural ministry.
There, according to Teen Mania officials, he also will learn the 20-minute drama that will be his main evangelistic tool when he ministers in public squares, villages, schools and churches.
Since he made the decision to go on the mission, Duffy said he's been working hard to raise enough money to take the trip.
He's earned almost half of the $2,800 he needs to pay for his airfare, accommodations, food and training.
The teen is counting on local sponsors to help him reach his financial goal.
"I commit to be a responsible and worthy representative of Payson as I share the Gospel with the people of Hong Kong," he said.
For more information or to help sponsor Duffy, call him at 472-6199.