2016 MISSION TRIP
July 8th-16th, 2016
Every four years we serve internationally, offering our high schoolers an opportunity to experience cross-cultural missions and community in the kingdom of God.
When Jesus, through word and deed, offered “recovery of sight to the blind,” we discover it was not just the poor and needy, but actually the religious, wealthy and entitled who were truly blind. Jesus was the Word made flesh precisely in the way he was embedded in the communities in which he served. Our sense of mission comes from a Biblical picture of neighborliness. Our high schoolers lived in the Belmopan neighborhood in which we served. As they worked alongside local neighbors who gave of their own hard earned produce – their family livelihood – in exchange for the basic materials of sand, concrete, and cinder blocks to build their church, our youth learned what it means to be a neighbor. They experienced a way of life exemplified in the community itself – a community of simplicity, a community without mirrors in the bathrooms. As our high schoolers returned and reentered the Highlands Ranch culture, they discovered a longing for simplicity, a life no longer mediated by screens and phones, but face-to-face encounters with their neighbors. As one of our Juniors put it, “a home is more than just a house, it is the place we truly belong.”
Through our mission program, Grace Youth ministry experiences what it truly means to belong to Christ, and in him, to become the change we want to see in the world.
A Partnership with
Wings as Eagles Ministries
in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Annual Youth Mission Trip 2017
Who: Grace Youth partnering with Wings As Eagles Ministries (www.waeministries.com). Grace Youth began a relationship with Wings As Eagles Ministries back in the summer of 2010 and since then, Mission and Outreach has sent several adult work teams to continue construction at the Dream Center, we have sent hundreds of Christmas Dream Boxes to the families and children, and our youth families have hosted Lakota youth visiting Denver. We are committed to continuing to build a relationship as we serve alongside WAEM in ministries of compassion to the Lakota people.
Where: Dream Center at Pine Ridge, SD.
What: We will be helping to build an orphanage “The Circle of Love Children’s Home” on the Dream Center property (visit http://www.waeministries.com/childrens-home/). We will also be involved in their “Break Out” ministry to children and youth.
Why: “to ACT JUSTLY and to LOVE MERCY and to WALK HUMBLY with our God.” – Micah 6:8 We are committed to doing justice and embodying the teachings of Christ, by building compassionate relationships with our Lakota neighbors at Pine Ridge.
For questions, contact Pastor Matt Syrdal at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more pictures, go to Grace Youth Facebook! Scroll down to July 20, 2015.