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.
REACH Mission Trip
Grades 9-12 • March 12-17, 2017 • Houston
Students will have the opportunity to partner with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) to serve others and one another. They will learn about God’s plan for mission and redemption while learning about homelessness, poverty and human trafficking. They will be faced with new challenges and opportunities to grow in their faith, specifically in the area of prayer and trusting God. Students will also learn to effectively engage with different groups of people and share the Gospel in various ways.
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RISE Mission Trip
Grades 7-8 • March 12-17, 2017 • Forest Glen Christian Camp
Students will have the opportunity to serve as counselors with Camp Wilderness Ridge, helping children (ages 6-11) experience fun camp activities such as canoeing, fishing, archery, riflery, crafts and even a zip-line! They will care for campers and share the Gospel through a number of skits and activities. Students will be faced with new challenges and opportunities to grow in their faith, specifically in the area of prayer and trusting God. This mission trip will be an unforgettable experience that students will not want to miss!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for application information.
Stories from Previous Trips
Dallas – Spring Break 2016, Grades 7-8
Twenty-one students and eight leaders partnered with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) for the week to serve the homeless population in Dallas.
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, the people of Dallas and God.
They passed out over 350 water bottles, asking not only if each individual wanted a water bottle but also if he or she wanted prayer. The 7th and 8th graders prayed with people who had family members with cancer and for relationships with Christ to be restored, among other things. A consistent takeaway was that people aren’t as scary as they may look and that God has a story for everyone no matter from where they’ve come.
The team also had the opportunity to serve over 100 families with baskets of food at CareCenter Ministries. They experienced and served in a homeless street church and were amazed by the faith they saw. Several students shared their testimonies, taught basketball and prayed with children at a sports camp and spent time praying for and around the city of Dallas. Although the team didn’t have much free time, on two separate nights, the students decided to have impromptu worship sessions. It was incredible to see them worshipping together after their hard work during the day.
It is evident that these students have been taught to serve well beyond their own strength, relying fully on God to provide in unknown or new circumstances.
“I was amazed to see how much of an impact you can have on someone just by praying for them.”
—Geneva, RISE Student
“On this trip, I learned that God uses our weaknesses to show His strength.”
—Kenley Garner, RISE Student
We passed out water bottles, played with kids and prayed for people, and I learned that you can serve God in everything that you do.”
—Blake, RISE Student
Houston – Spring Break 2016, High School
This year, 35 REACH students and four leaders spent spring break partnering with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Houston to serve others and one another and to learn about homelessness, poverty, human trafficking and abortion 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 around Planned Parenthood and prayed for 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 a powerful skit 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; four people came to faith in Christ because of a high school student’s willingness to boldly share about Jesus. The group painted a house and 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!
This Houston team was marked by unity and encouragement. Students took care of one another and grew closer as a result of their work together for the Gospel of Christ.
“I came on this Mission Trip thinking that God wasn’t going to show me new things and that I would not meet new people. That was definitely not the case. The relationships that I built with people from church and with people that I met off the streets were truly amazing! Something that God has really been teaching me throughout the year is to not second-guess expressing your faith and just go for it. This is something that I felt like God really wanted me to pursue while in Houston. I loved getting to share the word of God through the skit that we performed and getting to talk to people about their faith. In the end, it was absolutely worth it to go on this trip, and I am so thankful for everything I learned.”
—Riley, REACH Student
“During my wonderful experience in Houston this spring break, God taught me to take advantage of every situation through my interactions with others. I was blessed with the opportunity to meet many people who did not know the Gospel, and God used me to glorify Him through conversations in which I was able to share the Gospel. God reminded me that it is my duty to make disciples of all nations. I am a Christian before I am anything else; all that is special about me is Him who dwells in me. The trip may have ended, but the mission doesn’t end.”
—Adam Barton, REACH Student
Uganda trip was such an incredible experience for each one of us, and we all came back transformed in some way by God.
One of the highlights of the trip was the time we spent with our hosts: Pastor Stephen and his wife, Mama Jesca, and their son, Pastor Richard. They are a loving and gracious people, and they served us joyfully the entire week. We enjoyed worshipping with them on Sunday at the church that they pastor, True Vine Church (www.truevineuganda.org), and they were with us all week as we led Bible camps at two different elementary schools and handed out Buckets of Love (rice, beans, soap, etc.) to a dozen families, several of which were headed by single mothers who are HIV+.
We were also able to fund and work on a pit latrine for a saint named Scovia, who was overjoyed that she and her neighbors would have access to facilities that would significantly reduce the spread of disease in their village.
Students did a phenomenal job of praying for those we met and also sharing their faith and Bible lessons with the children in the schools. We were so proud of their maturity, unity and encouraging attitudes, even when they were tired and hot. They truly lived out Ephesians 4:2-3, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
“God used this trip to teach me about the global reach of His church. As soon as we met our host family, they treated us with a love and familiarity that can only come from a common devotion to Christ. This trip was a great reminder to me that we all serve the same God and His nature doesn’t change based on location.”
—Stephen, REACH Student
“God taught me that just because we have more, it doesn’t mean we have more. We may have more materialistically, but we have less when it comes to thankfulness and joy. The joy that the Ugandans had, those at the house we stayed at and in the villages, was joy that comes from the Lord. They have so little yet they are joyful all the time and don’t complain about what little they have. They thank God for what they do have and are joyful for it. God showed me that I needed to be more thankful and joyous in what I do.”
—Tesora Clark, REACH student
“Uganda was a fantastic opportunity where I was able to see clearly how God is working in people’s lives every day. I saw how people were so grateful for every good thing God has done and in a way that I often forget to be at home. In talking about God, giving gifts of love and simply being with people, we spent our time doing things that really matter, and I realized that this is what our lives should be focused on every day, all the time. Getting away from my normal life and going somewhere far away gave me some perspective; not only do the things I worry about not matter but also that there are things that matter so much more.”
—Bethany Dollar, REACH student
“God opened my eyes on this trip to what service actually means. Before the trip, I had considered myself to be a servant of Christ, but I now know that I wasn’t truly serving Christ because I was choosing when I wanted to serve. A true servant doesn’t get to choose when they want to serve, but they serve all the time with a willing heart. I saw that for the first time clearly in Uganda through the people. They treated each person as if they were royalty and served our group willingly. This is what Jesus did when he was on Earth, and it was an incredible reminder as to how I am supposed to serve God’s creation in my life.”
—Alicia Dixon, REACH student
“Being back in the U.S. has made me realize that the thing God worked on me the most was showing me what truly matters. Here, life moves so fast and the days seem to start before the previous one has ended; yet in Uganda, I was able to slow down and concentrate on God. I came to a realization that most of the things that I worry about and waste my time on don’t really matter, and I was able to see how our relationship with our community and individuals are far more important. The people in Uganda showed me time after time how important it is to genuinely love others like God loves us.”
—Andres Rojas, REACH student