Every year I go on a mission trip- a 12 month mission trip to be exact. I don’t have to get a passport, I don’t have to get any shots, I don’t have to get on a plane, and I don’t have to pack any suitcases. No, my mission trip looks a little bit different than what you are probably used to. The mission trip I go in is right here in Atlanta and I am on it for 12 months, 365 days a year.
So, what do I do on my mission trip. Well…..
– I lead, equip, encourage, and support a team of three staff.
– The three of us lead, equip, encourage, and support a servant mission team of 16 adults and 112 high school students in their own 12 month mission trips of leading their 16 school chapters located in North Fulton, Forsyth, and now East Cobb and Gwinnett counties.
– This mission team of adults and students ENGAGE over 1,000 students every year to come out and do local missions right in their own communities.
– We train up these mission teams by providing leadership training, encouragement, resources, and scheduling local mission projects for them.
– Every month, these 16 mission teams facilitate chapter meetings in their schools that serve to reach out to the students, get to know them, let them know of serving opportunities that month, and share why they serve- because Jesus served.
– Every month members of these 16 mission teams lead between 7-15 local mission projects that students from their school chapters have signed up for.
– Every month these students provide meals-fellowship-needed items to the homeless, play and love on children living in poverty, prepare and deliver meals to families in poverty, assist widows with home projects, visit and love on the elderly living in nursing homes, assist with needs at a addiction recovery center for men, prepare meals and fellowship with women and children in a homeless shelter, and much more.
You have all probably seen the pictures, read the stories, and heard the excitement from those who return from their mission trips about how amazing and life-changing it was. Well, my mission trip isn’t any different.
So, what do I experience on my mission trip. Well….
– I see REAL needs being met to those the students serve- the homeless feeling loved and that someone actually cares for them, widows and their children having someone walk beside them in difficult times, the elderly having someone hug them that day, children having fun and knowing someone loves them, people being fed a much needed meal, and much more.
– I see REAL needs being met of the students serving- experiencing Jesus for the very first time, growing deeper in their relationship with Jesus thru serving, understanding they have a purpose, understanding that life is not about themselves, understanding that someone cares about them, finding out that everyone is a leader, finding out that they have unique gifts, feeling that they fit in no matter what “group” they are in at school, experiencing healing from their lives at home, having a way to invite a friend or family member to serve who might not go to church, experiencing similarities with their peers that they never thought they would, and much more.
This is a pretty amazing mission trip don’t you think?
Most of you have probably received a letter from someone going on a mission trip raising support to cover all their expenses involved in that trip. Some of you have probably even sent one out. I am no different. Just like all those going on mission trips, I too have to raise support. This year alone I have to raise $173,000 for my mission trip. That is almost $15,000 a month and that isn’t an easy thing to do.
So, how can you help me in raising support for my mission trip. Well….
CLICK HERE and partner with our mission team of 150 student and adult servants to engage over 1,000 of their peers in the schools in our local mission projects. If 150 of you partnered with us at $50 a month, we would reach 1/2 our goal of $15,000 a month! Will partner with us? We would LOVE to have you on our team!