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The Trip


Friday-Saturday, June 16-17

We will be leaving from Peace on Friday, June 16th. 

Sunday-Friday, June 17-23

Once we arrive in Columbia, we will be serving with an organization called Next Step Ministries. They are a Christ-centered, 501c3 nonprofit with the heartbeat to do missions differently. They are passionate about the experience students can have on a mission trip - serving others while encountering a living God who offers freedom and grace.


Saturday - Monday, June 23-25

We will leave Columbia on Friday, June 23 to return home. We will have a fun day on the 24th and return to church on June 25.


Columbia, SC


Columbia is the state capital of South Carolina and is located between sandy white beaches to the east and rolling Appalachian Mountains to the west. Next Step students have an opportunity to engage in community transformation through home repair and relational ministry.

In 2013, Next Step was invited by a group of local churches and nonprofits to join in a holistic approach to ministry. We are hosted at a local church located in West Columbia called Grace Chapel Church. West Columbia is a city and commuter town in the suburban eastern sections of Lexington County and is a part of the greater Columbia, SC metropolitan area. There is about a 30 minute difference in location and it is near the downtown district as well as the South Carolina State House and Congaree Vista, known locally as “The Vista.”

Here in South Carolina we partner with local churches, businesses, and nonprofits and look to them in order to know how to best serve this community. Our current community partners are The Scooter Scott Project, Mission Lexington, Turner AME Church, Mt. Horeb UMC, and the Iglesia Del Nazareno Taller De Jesus Church. 

Next Step volunteers have simply become an extension and resource to these local partners through the efforts of work projects and relational ministry opportunities. These community leaders are committed to serving their neighbors in dignifying and uplifting ways, and desire to equip and empower individuals and families through giving a hand up rather than a hand out. In meeting the more immediate physical needs, our hope is that those we are serving alongside would come to know and experience the life changing love of Christ.

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Trip Details


The mission trip is open to students in grades 8th-12th in the 2022-23 school year.  The trip is $650 per student. A $100 deposit is required to secure your spot. We will have several fund raising opportunities available. Watch your email for details.

If you have questions, talk to Mark. If you are ready to sign up for the Mission Trip - CLICK HERE.

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Ways to Pray


Pray for our mission team:

  • spiritual growth

  • boldness, step out of comfort zone

  • opportunities to serve, listen & learn

  • work in humility & unity

  • physical health & energy to serve

  • safe travels


Pray for the community of Columbia

  • that we serve well & spread God’s love

  • for the leaders and residents of Columbia

  • for those we serve

  • for God’s presence and guidance

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