High School Summer Mission Trip
This summer, July 6-13, our students will embark on a cultural immersion mission trip – without ever leaving the country. We’re partnering with the Covenant’s Merge Ministries to put together this trip that will take us to the heart of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Dale Lusk, International Director of Global Engagements for the Evangelical Covenant Church, will walk with us during the week as we serve in towns and Covenant congregations with a large number of immigrants. One part of the trip will be service. We’ll dive into home repairs, community projects and even some fun children’s ministry events. The second component of the trip is more challenging. Like international mission trips, this trip will allow us to experience new cultures, both in their approaches to daily life and worship. It will be an opportunity to learn new perspectives and meet new people. We’ll hear stories from some who have immigrated here, we hope to have a chance to hear from a border patrol agent and Dale will share with us about the Covenant’s commitment to timely dialogue surrounding immigration. The goal is not to sway opinions, but simply to hear stories. We recognize that we, as humans, will always have different opinions on subjects. But the art of open dialogue and goodwill despite differences is being lost. We look to the Bible in these difficult times. And the Bible has many examples of people coming together in goodwill despite differences, think the Good Samaritan and Jesus with tax collectors, etc. We’re exciting for this brand new missional experience.
When? July 6-13, 2019
Where? Our team will stay at the Covenant Church in La Villa, TX. – Iglesia Misionera del Pacto. We will also be serving at People’s Covenant Church in San Juan, TX and Iglesia del Pacto La Trinidad.
Who? Students entering 9th grade through exiting 12th graders.
Middle School Summer Mission Trip
Mission Peoria, for Middle Schoolers, is July 21-27, 2019. For one week, we will spend our days in a rotation of worship and service. Every morning, we begin listening to God’s voice through the Bible, then we head out to work at a local service project. In the afternoon, our serve teams go to a local park or church for Metro Kids, a VBS like program to neighborhood children. During Metro Kids, the students are the leaders. The adults are simply there for support, encouragement and help with problem solving. In the evenings, we return to our home base at Riverside Community Church where we spend the evening in powerful worship and encouraging, insightful small group discussion of the day.