USA Missions: What to Expect
You are a guest in a community that experiences significant challenges on a daily basis. You will witness ‘real life’ on a margin. Sometimes this can be shocking, but most people find it encouraging!
You will be serving alongside folks who invest everyday building relationships, encouraging those who are downtrodden, needing strength, fighting for justice, challenging dysfunction, inviting transformation, celebrating victories, and proclaiming Christ in their neighborhoods. Isn’t it obvious that God is already at work?!?
Our ministry site personnel will be your hosts in their community. Remember that your interactions with the community will impact your host’s reputation. So, please be a good guest.
Our ministry sites will help you feel what they feel and you will know you are making and receiving an impact. Life is about building relationships and you will stay, play, pray, work, worship, serve, and help reach a community. It’s about people, not projects.
On your first evening, after settling in and getting some dinner, you will receive an orientation from your ministry site leader. This will give you a better idea of the area you will be serving. The community, it’s history and challenges. The morning of day two after breakfast, CItyConnexx and our ministry site leader will provide some training and preparation for your week ahead. We will also discuss the weeks schedule and the type of ministry and outreach you will be doing. Depending on your city and ministry, you will serve in that local community as well as several other missional opportunities around the city. At the end of each day, we encourage your group to have some time to debrief and reflect on what you each have experienced, allowing God to speak to you.
During the week, we want relationships to take priority over projects. If God is opening doors for your group to interact with folks, put down the shovel or paint brush and engage. Ultimately, the fence can wait, people can not.
We also build time in the schedule for you to explore the area you are serving. Get out and about, take in some of the local flavors. We believe in “work hard, play hard.” Have some fun. Our national staff and local ministries will help guide you to local attractions and activities in the area you are serving.