Monday, June 25, 2012

Nashville Mission Trip: Recap

This month our youth went to inner city Nashville to serve the needs of people through local ministries and non-profit organizations. Our teenagers worked with other youth groups serving every day on a variety of projects. Here is some of what we did:

A couple of crews served at low-income housing complexes and elderly resident homes. Projects included building flower beds, weeding, cleaning, and building gazebo sets.
Another crew partnered with Project C.U.R.E. by doing various warehouse tasks, including sorting medical supplies and program equipment for shipping.
One crew assisted Soles4Souls by assisting with the collection and distribution of shoes to third-world countries.
A couple of crews served at the Watkins Park Community Center and Salvation Ranch. The youth helped with cleaning, yard work, and playing with kids who live there.
Two of our crews served at Provision International. This ministry is very unique in that it serves the poor not only through food but also through the arts. The ministry has numerous college interns all of which are gifted in music or painting.
In the evenings, we worshiped with other youth groups. Tuesday night was free time for us to have a fun night. And with our youth group, we have no problem having fun!

On our last night together, our youth group had a foot washing service. We do this on every mission trip as it gives us a time to share, encourage, and serve. Every year it is amazing to see friends and family washing each other’s feet and then to hear words of love and support for one another. It is truly a kingdom moment.

It is an amazing privilege to be a part of this student ministry. I love serving, playing, and worshipping with this amazing group of teenagers and adults. We had a great week...but by the end of it, we were exhausted!