Week of Hope offers teens the opportunity to focus on serving the needs of people through local ministries and non-profit organizations. These trips are uniquely designed as affordable five-day youth missions that immerse students in the life-changing experience of serving both people in the local community and each other. Projects in a Week of Hope include supporting local food banks; playing games with elderly people; helping to lead day camps for children; landscaping homes, non-profits and ministries; working with disabled children; and serving residents in need in a variety of ways.
Programs are led by well-trained staff leaders, and students also serve by leading various parts of worship. The groups also take turns preparing meals and cleaning the facilities where they live with other youth groups during the week.
Workcamps from Group Mission Trips are weeklong home repair mission camps for Christian youth. These camps are big, high-energy experiences where youth groups serve people in need through challenging home repair projects. For six days, youth join other young people to repair sagging porches, rebuild unsafe steps and wheelchair ramps and paint homes. The young people will transform a house, and God will transform their faith.
At a Workcamp, everything is organized for the youth, including cooking and cleaning, so they and their leaders can focus on working hard, having fun and growing closer together as a group.
Jeff Thompson, spokesperson for Group Mission Trips’ Week of Hope and Workcamps, said, “These mission trips are all about making connections—
And it’s clear that those goals are being achieved. For instance, Gianna, age 15, said of her experience, “This week has been life changing for me. I can honestly say that God has shown me He is real, and He is amazing. Before this trip, God was kind of missing in my life, and I feel that He brought me on this trip for a reason . . . . This trip has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. I cried, I laughed, I loved and much more. But I did all of those things because God was really becoming clear to me for the first time in my life. He brought me so many new things, from great friendships to a whole new take on life.”
Group Mission Trips invites youth leaders and youth groups to participate in a Week of Hope or a Workcamp. For detailed information, locations of upcoming trips and to register, please visit the website at www.GroupMissionTrips.com.