It is life-changing when a mission experience goes beyond mission. It is life-changing when youth are challenged to move beyond feeling warm and fuzzy about helping others and begin to explore how to spend a lifetime changing the system which causes poverty.
It is life-changing when youth begin to recognize that racism, sexism, and all the other “isms” are more than attitudes and that those “isms” have provoked real actions which have left many of God’s children marginalized and disadvantaged.
It is life-changing when youth begin to understand that they have power to make an impact with their votes, through their career choices, and with how they spend their money.
We will provide a week that goes beyond a week of mission. We will equip youth with the biblical, theological, and social tools to make justice a way of life.
We’ll do real work in communities with real need. We’ll talk to real people who work in social service, public policy, and education. And we’ll talk about what it means to be partners in bringing about the realm of God through the teachings of Jesus.
We’ll talk inclusively.
We’ll welcome everyone.
And if the experience is life-changing,
our youth will grow into adults who will change lives.
Some comments from Reach Beyond Mission youth participants:
"This experience helped break down the stereotypes and misconceptions I had about poverty."
"I learned that there are many professions in which you can serve others."
"I learned that poverty is complicated."
"I learned that I want to help people for the rest of my life."
"I will look at homeless people differently now and not turn my head but help.
"I learned that there are many ways to help."