YOUTH MISSION TRIP
Friday-Saturday, July 12-13
We will be leaving from Peace on Friday, July 12th.
Sunday-Friday, July 14-18
Once we arrive in Colorado Springs, 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, July 19-21
We will leave Columbia on Friday, July 19 to return home. We will have a fun day on the 20th and return to church on June 21st.
Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado and was recently ranked as one of the best cities to live in. However, amongst this beautiful city are individuals struggling with material poverty and homelessness. The United Way reports that over the last few years, the percentage of individuals living in a state of homelessness was up nearly 6% with youth homelessness up 7%. And then there are others who are not homeless, but still struggle with day-to-day living.
The good news — there are many active churches and community organizations within Colorado Springs helping to meet this problem head on. Next Step is excited to continue to come alongside the local church and community organizations like Mission Medical Center, Family Life Services and Fresh Start Center, to assist people like Gloria.
Gloria is a local homeowner in Colorado Springs who we initially met through Brothers Redevelopment. This organization helps elderly and disabled people by providing home repair and affordable housing. Gloria’s home needed a lot of work. Our student teams cleaned out her house, fixed drywall, installed a new toilet and landscaped her yard. Gloria loved spending time with all the students, leaders, and staff throughout the summer. She specifically loved to tell them about Jesus and how he was always there for her. Gloria’s love was contagious and deeply moved the students serving her.
While many homeowners and organizations need physical work, they also simply desire someone to talk with and listen to them.
This summer our teams will continue to participate in building projects for families in transitional housing, join outreach events in the community, and engage in tangible service projects that meet the food and shelter needs of individuals living in states of at-risk homelessness or homelessness. No matter the project, students will have many opportunities to share the Gospel to families that find themselves in hard times. Most importantly, groups get the chance to learn from people like Gloria who have so much to share.
We invite you to join us in Colorado Springs next summer!
The mission trip is open to students in grades 8th-12th in the 2023-24 school year. The trip is $600 per student. A $100 deposit is required to secure your spot. We will have several fundraising opportunities available. Watch your email for details.
Ways to Pray
Pray for our mission team:
boldness, step out of comfort zone
opportunities to serve, listen & learn
work in humility & unity
physical health & energy to serve
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