Mission Trip 2019
The trip is currently 100% booked. We hope you join us in 2020!
The 2019 Youth Mission Trip heads to Millersville, MD June 30-July 6, 2019.
To best offer a chance for our youth to practice serving others, we will once again be partnering with Group Mission Trips to head to Millersville, MD for a Group Workcamp. We will join a group of 400 people that will descend on Millersville and help in truly spectacular ways. We will repair homes, paint rooms, build decks, and more than anything share the incredible grace and love of Jesus with the Millersville community. This is sure to be a life changing experience for your child and we hope you consider joining us!
What is the cost of the trip?
The trip costs $750 for all travel, lodging, and food, as well as all the materials and programming provided by Group. We will be hosting our annual fundraiser on March 30 that will help offset the cost of the trip. You must volunteer at the fundraiser to receive the cost offset.
Where will we be staying on the trip?
We usually stay in a local high school, using their classrooms as our lodging, but for this trip we will be staying in a local church. The church is air conditioned! Group Mission Trip staff transforms the facility into a home away from home–there will be a separate boy’s hall and girl’s hall, a cafeteria for meals, adequate bathrooms and showers, and either a gym or auditorium for programs.
Participants need to bring twin-size air mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags or other bedding to sleep on classroom floors. Youth groups are assigned to sleeping rooms together, gender separate. Sleeping rooms may be shared with other youth groups, depending on the size of groups and the size of the room.
What will we be doing?
Your participants will provide home repairs at no cost for elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged people who need your help. Work crews typically serve the same resident for the entire trip, creating an environment where meaningful relationships develop.
Most projects are designed to be completed during the trip, allowing you to experience the satisfaction of a job well done. You’ll serve the needs of others through projects like interior and exterior painting, building or repairing porches and wheelchair ramps, building or repairing steps, weatherization and other home repairs.
I've never used a tool in my life - can I still go?
YES! While the jobs being worked on can involve carpentry and other skills, there are jobs for everyone! We will do a basic skills training before we leave for the trip, and you will receive plenty of on the job experience throughout the week. If you can move your arms, you are more than qualified to be part of the work crews!
Why Can't We Just Do That Here?
This is a frequent question about these Mission Trips, and Group does an excellent job explaining below:
What Can My Child Expect to Learn?
- Leadership – Your child will be assigned to a supervised crew of 6 where they will fulfill 1of 6 specific roles and work together to complete a service project or repair a home for a resident.
- Teamwork – Your child will come together with other youth from different states and backgrounds, working as a crew to accomplish a goal that is bigger than each of them individually. They will make a lasting impact by providing a source of hope to those they serve.
- Problem Solving – Your child will work with 4 other youth and 1 adult to transform a home or serve a local agency where they may come up against obstacles, such as miscommunication or difficult people. Every year crews find creative and clever solutions to accomplish their tasks.
- Confidence – Your child will learn they can work with many different people to serve and accomplish huge tasks on their own. Many often arrive thinking they do not have the necessary skills or cannot do this without parental assistance, and leave knowing they can positively influence and change lives.
- Compassion – Your child will work with people from different walks of life which may be different than those they come into contact with at home. This gives teens a great perspective – the reward is as lasting for them as it is meaningful to those they serve.
- Spiritual Growth – Your child will attend morning and evening interactive programs that guide their faith in Jesus to become more powerful and real. There will also be devotions during lunch and opportunities to discuss all they are experiencing with our youth group in the evening. Through this year’s theme, Relentless, they will learn that learning to listen to Jesus and making him the center point of their lives allows them to see him more clearly.