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Dates: July 15-22, 2018Requirements: Must be in at least 8th grade
New York City is often considered the financial, cultural, music and fashion capitol of the world. It is a city filled with glitz and glamour. It has the highest rents and real estate prices in the country. Many of the worlds’ wealthiest people live or own property in NYC. These things only make the contrast that much greater as some of the most deprived in our country are also claiming New York City as their home. It is impossible to overlook the thousands of homeless men, women and children that are living on those same streets where just above residents are paying anywhere from $2,000-$15,000 in rent per month. One cannot fail to notice the thousands of immigrants attempting to make it on nothing more than minimum wage jobs in restaurants where patrons are spending anywhere from $20-$200 for a meal.
The glimmers of light are all the churches, ministries, social services and justice organizations that are working along side of and on behalf of those who are considered the poor and powerless. They are hard working, passionate people who labor daily to create change in the lives of people and change in oppressive systems. They are people who are living out God’s call to be his hands and feet in practical ways and they are willing to let us help!
During our trip, we will serve with Center for Student Missions (CSM). Students will be introduced to poverty and the problems in the city that contribute to that poverty. They will also learn firsthand what it means to truly love and serve as Jesus. If you would like to learn more about CSM, check out the CSM New York page.
The purpose of the CMBC Youth Missions Teams is to initiate life-change in students as they grow in their understanding and practice of evangelism while impacting others for Christ. Students will be stretched to learn more about Jesus and themselves as they are taken out of their comfort zone to meet needs, both physical and spiritual, and build relationships. As they learn how to minister in cultures other than their own, they will be challenged to practice evangelism in their everyday lives.
Jerusalem projects will be provided throughout the year to serve and train locally (mainly Lancaster and Chester counties). These service projects and training experiences will be open to all students. Examples include attending Vision Conference and serving at the Point, the Factory, or a Retreat Within a Retreat (RWR).
A Judea trip is a prerequisite to Samaria or Ends of the Earth trips. It will be a trip to give students training and various evangelism and missions exposure. The Judea trip will be a domestic trip outside of the Lancaster and surrounding counties, preferable within an urban setting. Judea trips will be offered on an annual basis, unless otherwise necessary. Recently we have partnered with Center for Student Missions, a missions organization that is based in cities across America and focuses on serving the least.
Samaria trips will focus on meeting a physical need through various service ministries. Samaria trips will be within the United States, outside of PA, generally to poverty stricken areas or those hit by natural disaster. To participate in a Samaria trip, students must have previously attended a Judea trip. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, Samaria trips will be offered every other year, opposite Ends of the Earth trips.
Ends of the Earth trips will focus on personal ministry, providing the opportunity to share Christ through life-on-life interaction. Ends of the Earth trips will be to an international location where we will partner with a missionary to build relationships and impact a community through recurring trips. To participate in an Ends of the Earth trip, students must have previously attended a Judea trip. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, Ends of the Earth trips will be offered every other year, opposite Samaria trips. Currently, we partner with Rich and Holly Vallette, who serve with Crossworld in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
For more information on our missions strategy, including information about requirements, application, pre-trip training, and fundraising, see the CMBC Youth Missions Teams brochure.