WATER (Sr. High) Summer Mission Trip

 

Expectations

This summer we are heading to the Atlanta, GA. For those who have never been a part, this is a great experience where you spend the week serving others and learning more about Christ and yourself. We highly recommend being a part.

Cost: $250

Dates: July 16—July 22, 2017

Like previous trips, we will be taking the day off Friday to talk about the week’s events. All meals while travelling (Sunday breakfast, Sunday lunch, Friday lunch and Saturday lunch) are up to you, plus any other snacks you would like to buy throughout the week.

We expect you to be preparing for this mission trip as you would any serious act of God. You should be praying for God to work through you, for Him to prepare you for the work and for Him to prepare those who you will minister to. We expect you to be at all training and information meetings. They are:

Apr. 12, June 21, June 28, July 5 & July 12 at 7:00pm.

We expect you to be an active member of this student ministry, meaning we expect you attend at least 1/3rd of all student ministry events (Sunday School, Drink Deep, Home Bible Studies, etc.). We expect everyone who comes to have a good attitude, one that reflects Christ and the ministry we are doing. Likewise, we expect you to think of others first, putting them ahead of yourself on this missions trip. We also expect you to be a part of the fundraising for this trip. Work at the pumpkin patch and/or sell concessions at Upwards please.

If at any time you do not meet one of these requirements we reserve the right to ask you not to attend this trip. If for some reason you cannot be at an event it is your responsibility to have a parent talk to Troy about it.

Information

About Atlanta:
As the capital of Georgia and one of the largest cities in the United States, Atlanta offers non-stop excitement. Beautiful gardens, historical museums and several professional sports teams are major attractions. But like many urban areas, poverty and homelessness are far too common. Your group will have many opportunities to serve the city’s homeless population, and facilitate activities for children and the elderly.

What We Will Be Doing:
Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
During the week, students may serve all or part of the week at a food shelf, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program, or elderly care.
We may have the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations spanning playing Bingo at a local elderly community center to playing basketball at the local Boys & Girls club to helping to distribute furniture to those in need. We may also see Centennial Park (established after the ’96 Olympics), the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, a Destiny Metropolitan Church worship service and more.

The Good Life:
Life does not always feel good, does it?
Sometimes people get lonely or sad or depressed or hurt. Sometimes people don’t want what they have or have what they need. Sometimes things can get really, truly, incredibly hard. So we seek something to make life better. Something to make things good again.
One Republic, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and Weezer all sing songs titled “The Good Life” in which they describe a life full of drinking, dancing, being popular, getting famous, making money, spending money, owning stuff and trying to be happy. But do those things really compose a good and full life? Not good for a day, but good for a lifetime. Good in an “all is as it should be” kind of way. Good for everyone involved.
Jesus told his followers that there are a lot of things trying to hurt and destroy us, but from the very beginning, God intended us to live good and full lives. Full of right relationships with God and with others. And that’s why Jesus came: to restore the good life we are intended for—not a luxury we horde, but an abundance we share.
What if the full life you are meant for is not always easy or comfortable or popular, but it is freeing and lasting and good? “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
–Jesus (John 10:10)