About Grace Youth Mission Trips
Each spring break, Grace Youth provides opportunities for students to serve at home and around the world. Past trips have included work with Mission: Possible!, YWAM in inner-city Houston and orphanages in India. Check back to see where RISE and REACH will be serving in 2018!
Stories from Previous Trips
Rosebud, Texas • Spring Break 2017 • RISE • Middle School
Twenty-seven students and 11 leaders partnered with Forest Glen’s Wilderness Ridge program to disciple and reach children and families in the community of Rosebud, Texas. Rosebud is a low-income rural community east of Temple, Texas, that has little resources and few Christ-centered groups to reach and serve this population. Before the trip students were challenged to be flexible, adapt to new situations and be open to whatever God was going to do.
We couldn’t have imagined how well the students would rise to the occasion in loving and serving one another and the people of Rosebud. Divided into teams of camp counselors, activity leaders and project leaders, the students ran a day camp to share the Gospel and teach the Bible.
The middle school students were equipped to serve well beyond their own strength, relying fully on God to provide in unknown or new circumstances.
“Forest Glen made an impact in my life and taught me that I need to be flexible in however God wants to use me and that He will multiply what we have for greatness.”
—Emma, RISE student
“It was really awesome just to be able to teach the kids about Jesus’ love for them and to see them grow throughout the week. It was humbling when God showed me how to serve Him by serving others.”
—Kenley, RISE student
Houston • Spring Break 2017 • REACH • High School
This year, 48 REACH students and seven leaders spent spring break partnering with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Houston to serve others and to learn about homelessness, poverty, abortion, human trafficking and God’s plan for mission and redemption.
Students were faced with new challenges and opportunities to grow in their faith, specifically in the area of prayer and trusting God. Some of the students prayed aloud in a group for the first time or were able to pray with and for homeless men and women. Students participated in prayer walks in the Fifth Ward of Houston and also specifically prayed for the issue of human trafficking.
The students were also able to effectively engage with numerous groups of people and share the Gospel in various ways. The Drama Team performed two powerful skits that reflected Christ’s love for us. Students were trained in how to share the Gospel with someone and had the opportunity to practice it. It was incredible to observe many high school students’ willingness to boldly share about Jesus. The group led an inner-city vacation Bible school program at various housing projects and two of our seniors were even able to preach at homeless street churches!
The 2017 Houston team was remarkable because of its unity and the servant nature that the group embodied. Students took care of one another and grew closer as a result of their work together for the Gospel of Christ.
“The biggest lesson I learned is that to get closer with God and serve him as much as possible is that sometimes you are going to have to do stuff that you don’t want to do. God is going to put you out of your comfort zone, and the only thing you can do is trust Him. My favorite part of the trip was Street Church. Near the end of the trip, I felt really comfortable talking to people about God and their lives. At Street Church, I got to talk to a lot of people that I normally wouldn’t talk to and see how passionate they were for God. It was really cool to see how people who had so little gave up so much to worship Him, and it gave me a new perspective on how I should live my life.”
—Michael, REACH student
“This year’s mission trip taught me that God moves in ways I can’t imagine. I was reminded that He has all the control and that I don’t have to worry about His plan. I loved getting to see my dear friends reach past their comfort zones to speak in front of crowds and share their life experiences with strangers. Being able to comfort each other in our stresses brought us closer together as a group and strengthened us as Christians. God opened my eyes to see a new side of beauty through the lives we changed and our own growth.”
—Adele, REACH student