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.
2018 Grace Youth Mission Trips
Check back for 2019 dates to be announced!
Stories from Previous Trips
Forest Glen, Texas • Spring Break 2018 • RISE • Middle School
Twenty-seven middle school students worked at a Forest Glen Springs day camp, hosting children ages 6-12 years old from Rosebud, Texas. They learned about letting go of expectations, inviting God into their ministries through prayer and putting the campers first.
Our story team planned, rehearsed and presented songs, skits and a Bible story daily that proclaimed the Gospel. The games squad set up and facilitated activities that the camp provided. Every group responded to the challenge to keep energy levels high, to serve campers first and to be intentional in conversation.
RISE leaders were blessed to witness our students step into their roles with confidence, serve with energy regardless of how tired they were and participate in prayer for the campers throughout the week.
–Kim Smith, 7th grade leader
Houston • Spring Break 2018 • REACH • High School
Houston continues to grow with about 7 million people currently in the greater area. Growing up there (3 million people ago), the city regularly faced challenges in preventing the danger, the problems and the mess that comes with a large population. This past week, instead of moving away from the mess, we jumped headfirst into it with a message of hope.
High school students and leaders from Grace engaged with people of all spheres and socioeconomic statuses and situations — the homeless living in tents under a bridge, low-income families in the Fifth Ward and middle and upper class shoppers at one of the largest malls in the country. We served families impacted by Hurricane Harvey and saw the reality of the human trafficking crisis that hides in the shadows of our nation.
The beauty we experienced, no matter the type of person we met, is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ remains the same. Grace transforms hearts, and no matter the circumstances, that message saves us from the devastation of our sinfulness.
Thank you for your support and prayers as we engaged with the mission of God in Houston. Please continue to pray for not only Houston but also our students to continue God’s mission in their spheres of influence, bringing the hope and message of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
–Marcus Marroquin, associate youth pastor
Thailand • Spring Break 2018 • REACH • High School
Every other year, Grace Youth offers an international mission trip for juniors and seniors. This year, we journeyed to Chiang Mai, Thailand, with 20 students and three leaders to serve with CRU and experience missionary life in a variety of ways:
- Visiting Doi Suthep temple and learning about Thai Buddhist culture and practices
- Exploring a night market and eating new and unique street foods
- Worshipping with local Thai churches
- Repainting the outside and resurfacing the inside of CRU’s gym facility
- Interacting with Thai college students and sharing their faith
- Visiting Grace International School and learning about the teachers who invest in the lives of missionary children
- Encouraging and loving on 120 orphans at House of Blessings Orphanage
- Caring for, praying with and encouraging the Thai CRU staff, men and women who have devoted their lives to sharing the Gospel with their fellow Thais
- Riding elephants!
- Enjoying a family-style meal with our new Thai Christian friends
It was an incredible trip that words do not sufficiently describe. Ask a student who went to share a story or some pictures!
Thank you for your prayers and support for this incredible group of students!
–Kevin Maurice, youth pastor