Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, as well as the second largest city on the eastern coast of the United States. Commonly known as “The City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia is considered a centerpiece city of early American history and is a major hub for business and culture on the East Coast. Though the city’s historical themes such as freedom, liberty, unity and equality are cornerstones upon which our nation was built, these are ideals which many current residents will never experience. It is estimated that almost half of the people living in the city have some type of drug addiction problem, in several neighborhoods the percentage of people living in poverty is almost half, and an overwhelming number of children live at or below the poverty line. Poor educational opportunities and the distinction of being one of the most segregated cities in the country, often leave the residents of Philadelphia with a heartbreaking sense of despair.
Your ministry activities will focus on building Christ-centered relationships with locals in need of having their lives dramatically transformed. Those in the Philadelphia community are hungry for the dignity, hope, love, and compassion of Christ that your team can offer.
You will partner with local churches & ministries to meet the needs of the local neighborhood. Weekly ministries include daily children’s ministry, evening ministries to homeless, addicted and poverty stricken adults, and simple service projects such as trash cleanup or painting over graffiti. Teams that come with special skills such as sports specialties, skilled laborers, music or drama may have custom ministry events coordinated for them.
- Pray that God would break the hold that addiction, poverty, and despair have on the city.
- Pray that God will provide the Philadelphia community with a sense of hope and love, despite the poverty and inequality that they deal with daily.
- Pray that God will open up opportunities to share his truth with the lost in the Philadelphia community, as well as soften their hearts so that his word is well received.
Food & Lodging:
Food is prepared and served on site. Lodging will be provided at a local church. Air mattresses and bedding and/or sleeping bags are recommended as we will be sleeping on the floor.
We do require all trip participants, leaders, and staff to adhere to a dress code on each of our EDGE mission projects. We do this to show respect for God, respect for ourselves, and respect for others. Please help us achieve this goal by teaching your group that our dress code isn’t because we’re extremists, but because we love God, we wish to honor His creation, and we don’t wish to cause others to stumble. You can find specific guidelines in your M101 manual or by contacting your EDGE representative.
An updated Tetanus shot is Strongly Recommended for ALL projects.
Suggested Travel Agency:
Angie Lepley, CTC
Tangerine Travel, Ltd.
16017 Juanita Woodinville Way NE, #201
Bothell, WA 98011
Phone (800) 678-8202
Direct (425) 354-6910
We highly recommend all program participants have health insurance coverage for international trips. It is important to know that most regular health insurance plans do not cover you overseas. Health coverage is not a requirement for domestic trips, but still recommended.