Middle school students begin their exposure to missions in Minneapolis by exposure to poverty in some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in America. This teaches students that one does not need to travel to a far-away land to do missions, the nations are here in Minnesota!
Middle school students will focus efforts on serving others and combating poverty by partnering with ministries such as street level evangelism, 2nd Harvest, and Faith in Action.
Apply to be a part of the Minneapolis Team
December 4 – January 15
Deadline Extended! February 15
Do you use the current grade or the grade the student will enter following the summer?
Current grade the student is in when applying. 2016-17 school year.
What is the cost of the trip?
The cost of the trip accurately reflects the cost of transportation, food, lodging and service costs split up evenly between the students. We are economical with our use of materials and are completely transparent with the ways we spend our money. If you have any questions about the cost feel free to contact Jon Zeldenrust. Scholarships are available for students who can’t pay, we don’t want cost to prevent students from participating.
How will students travel to Minneapolis?
Autumn Ridge will charter a bus. While there we will either walk or ride the charter bus to all of our ministry locations.
Are there ways for students to raise money for their trip?
Yes! Students can participate in the hire a student program, send mission support letters to friends and family, mission commissioning offering/fundraiser.
Where do we stay?
We stay at North Central University in their dorm rooms. It is a central location that has excellent security and facilities.
What do we eat?
Breakfast is a mix of cereals, fruit, yogurts, granola bars and other common breakfast items. We are out and abut everyday so we do packed sandwiches with fruits and snack like trail mix and pretzels. Finally the dinners vary from pizza to authentic Hispanic food depending on the night.
What do we do?
We want student to experience missional living. By that we mean we want them to have a trip where their focus is entirely on serving Christ and growing together in community. So along with daily devotionals and prayer we have two main areas of action we participate in.
The first area we focus on is service. We spend time serving at places like Feed My Starving Children and Second Harvest, while also partnering with local ministries like Faith in Action which pairs groups with people (usually elderly or disabled) who need physical work done.
The second area we focus on is evangelism. We will have the students spend two nights partnering with an organization called Street Level Ministry. Students will be partnered in groups with a trained adult leader to go out in the near area and share the gospel with people on the street. Last year this was the thing that students were least excited about, the idea of engaging with a random stranger was daunting. However, the trained leaders are fantastic at slowly easing them into it and it ended up being deeply tranformational for many students and was the highlight of their trip!
Why go to Minneapolis?
We think an important part of experiencing missions is getting outside of your comfort zone. Having student leave the comfort of their home environment for a few days to completely focus on missions had proven to be invaluable in providing space for students to grow deeper in their faith.