Mission Trip?

11 11 2010

In Youthgroup and Sunday School, we’ve been talking a lot lately about the need in the world. We’ve mentioned that we have about a billion hungry neighbors worldwide who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. You may have also heard that on any given night, anywhere from seven hundred thousand to two million people are homeless in the United States. In 2006, 36.5 million people in the U.S. were living in poverty, many of which were children. Since then, the numbers have only increased. Everyday people suffer from diseases, hunger, poverty, oppression, slavery, and shame in their own humanity.

As followers of Jesus, we’re all about being where God is. We wanna be about what God’s about. We wanna do whatever God’s up to. There are over 2,000 verses in the Bible about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. Jesus himself, shared his very identity with the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40). And what did Jesus spend most of his time doing? Sharing meals with, healing, and simply loving on the poor and the oppressed. If we wanna know what God’s up to, we need look no further than Jesus. if we wanna go where God is, we need to go to the poor, to those in great need.

Now, we don’t need to argue about where poverty comes from or how we should try to fix it. We only need to focus on love. We need to start by simply sharing with the poor, not to fix their problems but to learn from them and get to know them. That’s what God is up to. It’s not about what we do, it’s about who we know.

The poor are in our very backyard and we don’t need to go far to be a blessing to them. Often, our rich neighbor is the one who needs love from us. But as a way of connecting with the “least of these,” as a way of getting outside our context and immersing ourselves in the needs of others, FCC Youth ministry is going to offer a short-term (7-10 day) mission trip each year to students who want to take the opportunity and the challenge of getting outside their context and immersing themselves in love for the poor. There will be approximately 6 months of training and 6 months of debrief, so this will be a year-long commitment.

This year, our plan is to travel to Los Angeles, where there are at least 91,000 homeless people every night. Our Mission Team will begin meeting in January, training and learning together as a small group. I encourage you to go on a mission trip at least one time before you graduate from High School and I don’t encourage you to do this every single year. Please email WesEllis@fccramona.org if you are in 10th grade or older and you’d like to go on our 2011 Mission Trip.

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