Do you want to see your students grow deeper with God and practice putting their faith into action?
Imagine your youth group experiencing the world, listening to the voice of God, serving others, and making a real, tangible difference in the lives of others.
Imagine your youth group going to …
The Appalachia region is the central and southern areas of the Appalachian Mountains. The communities in this region are in a fight for freedom from poverty. Unemployment tracks higher than the national average, and many people in this area work in low-paying jobs below their skill level. Many residents are jobless, poverty-stricken, and lacking in educational resources. The people of the Appalachian mountains are strong and come from a legacy of hard work, but years of discouragement have taken their toll. Many people work multiple jobs, collect government aid, and sacrifice just to make ends meet.
The people of Appalachia need help to restore their promise of a better future.
While in Appalachia, you will have the incredible opportunity to partner with multiple ministries in the local community. Your time could be spent working with a couple of the following ministries:
PACE is an adult day center, where the elderly who either live with their children or who live on their own can find community during the day. Teams will spend time building relationship with the people who come to hang out for the day, play games, sing songs, do crafts. This time can be many different things, so you’ll have the chance to get creative!
At Brookhaven, you’ll also have the chance to serve the elderly community. This is another opportunity for you to get creative and plan a really special time for the residents of Brookhaven – possibly come up with a few songs to sing, play a few games, or plan art projects. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time with the residents, they will feel the love and care of Jesus through your intentional time with them.
Hunger First is a store where the homeless can come to get clothes and food when needed. You and your team will be sorting through donations, handing out groceries, and serving hot food. This is a very relational ministry and you will be able to spend time talking to people coming in throughout the day.
Our friends at Hunger First are working on repairs to a building that will be used as a Day Center. The Day Center will provide a place for people experiencing homelessness to go during the day. You will help with small construction projects around the building, this could include: peeling wallpaper off the walls, ripping up carpet and tile, painting, etc.
Grace Community Fellowship
Grace Community Fellowship will serve as your host, and you will have an opportunity to serve them by helping around the camp where you will be staying.
You'll stay in a cabin in Duffield, VA with 40 beds, toilets/showers and separate bathrooms for men and women. There will be a full kitchen where you'll prepare your meals. There's no electricity in the cabin, but the church has electricity and wifi.
Adventures in Missions has taken more than 115,000 people on mission trips around the world. Through various short and long-term programs, Adventures In Missions helps people from all walks of life discover the world, who Jesus is, and what Jesus has called them to: making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28) and being his witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1).
What does Adventures offer youth leaders and participants?
Planned ministry — we coordinate all the ministry for your group with our ministry contacts or international bases in every location we send teams. We believe in fostering a lasting impact anywhere we send a team, therefore we only send teams where we have a strategic ministry partner or long-term base established.
Leadership — your trip will be lead by one to two project leaders, trained by Adventures, to take care of scheduling and logistics, and to serve as your main point of contact with us.
Freedom — your youth leader can be as hands-on or hands-off as they like! Planning worship, teachings, devotions, and free time is open for you to lead or can be passed to our Project Leader.
Logistics — we handle the details on the ground! Lodging, meals, supplies, and ministry schedule. We'll work with your group leader to make sure everything is organized!
Debrief — Adventures in Missions values the process. We will give your students the space to talk about and understand their experiences daily. They may see a part of the world they have never seen before, and our leaders will be there to walk alongside your group as they process and respond.
Devotionals — Adventures has created custom devotional journals to help walk you and your group through what they are experiencing on their trip. These devotionals will be mailed out to your group prior to your trip.
God is calling you to journey with Him, to share His love with the nations and establish His Kingdom on earth. Will you join Him in Appalachia?