Sr. High Mission Trip Destination 2019 – Lexington County, South Carolina! Chaperones are needed for this trip!
Dates: July 7-13, 2019. Due to the two-day travel, our trip will start on Saturday, July 6th and we will either return home July 13th (skipping the free day, if I can work out programming with Next Step so we don’t miss that part) or return on Sunday, July 14th.
This trip is open to youth who will be freshmen in the Fall of 2019 through young adults still enrolled in college.
The cost of this trip is $419 plus transportation fees and any fees for lodging.
We will be having a big enchilada dinner fundraiser in December/January that will help offset these costs for the kids and we can toss in another fundraiser after the first of the year as needed.
Registration is now open. A $50 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot. Please contact Jenny Meyer to receive a registration form.
Registration forms and $50 non-refundable deposit due. The cost of the trip is $419 (includes $50 deposit) + transportation fees. All funds are non-refundable. The next payment is due ($184.50) NO LATER THAN MARCH 1st.
If you’d like to chaperone this amazing trip, please contact Jenny Louis.
About Next Step Ministries
Our church partners with Next Step Ministries for our Senior High Mission Trips.
Next Step Ministries is a Christ-centered, 501c3 nonprofit with the heartbeat to do missions differently. We are passionate about the experience students can have on a mission trip—serving others while encountering a living God who offers freedom and grace. We are passionate about communities thriving—developing from within and restoring dignity.
To this end we lead thousands of students on one-week missions trips that connect them with sustainable community-led initiatives we support on a year-round basis.
After reading When Helping Hurts in 2012, like many, we were tempted to throw short-term mission trips out the window. But through a process of learning we have been inspired to create a space where the beauty and power of short-term trips can connect to real sustainable community development. It’s a tall task, and one we are constantly falling short of, but its also one that when done right, can provide an incredible God-sized experience for both students and communities alike.
South Carolina Mission
South Carolina is known as one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Although made famous for its spring break beach destinations and southern hospitality, there are pockets of poverty tucked throughout the state.
Lexington, South Carolina is geographically located between sandy white beaches to the east, and rolling Appalachian Mountains to the west. Through incredible ministry partnerships, we have identified underserved and under-resourced families eager to work towards the transformation possible in their communities.
In 2013, Next Step was invited by a strong group of local churches and nonprofits to join in a holistic approach to ministry in the communities of Belle Meade, Happy Town, and surrounding areas. Here, families are not only struggling with physical limitations and deteriorating homes, but emotional and spiritual challenges as well. The Scooter Scott Project, Mt. Horeb UMC, Mission Lexington, Turner AME Church, as well as the county police force, government, schools, and other local organizations are all invested in the revitalization of their community. For over five years, prior to our Next Step’s arrival to the community, these groups have been working to build trusting relationships, assessing needs, and developing a community vision of unity amongst neighbors.
The desire is renewal. The desire is a changed view of neighbors. The desire is trust.
The goal: that these desires lead to a visible change in communities physically, spiritually, economically, educationally, emotionally, and socially.
Next Step students will have an opportunity to be a part of this vision by working directly with families doing home repair, construction and relational ministry, both in Belle Meade and Happy Town. Additionally, students will be a part of developing relationships with partner organizations and the families they serve. We are humbled to continue investing in the vision laid out so beautifully in this community, a vision that leads to empowerment and sustainability within the families of this county.