High School Mission Trip (Hazard)

Geist Christian Church

High School Youth Mission Trip

Hazard, KY

July 11-16, 2021

For our 2021 youth mission trip, our Senior High Youth travel to Hazard, KY to participate in the Housing Development Alliance. The HDA is an organization that believes that safe, decent, and affordable housing is a fundamental human right. The HDA is an equal opportunity housing provider, which works with a variety of homeowners, including, but not limited to, young working couples with children, single parents, persons with disabilities, and elderly persons. During our week, we will volunteer on various phases of construction, from shingling to digging footer drains, framing floors and walls to painting or landscaping. We hope that this week-long program will create an environment that will encourage youth to probe deeper into their faith and how they can help in a community that is so close to home.

While in Hazard, KY we will be staying at First Presbyterian Church of Hazard in various Sunday school and fellowship rooms. Youth will need to bring their own sleeping bags/air mattresses. The church offers plenty of space with a good-sized kitchen for us to cook our meals. I also encourage our youth to bring the bare essentials. We are limited to two pieces of luggage with the bus.

Work Schedule

July 11, 2021              Travel day to Hazard, KY

July 12 – 15, 2021      Work days

July 16, 2020              Zip line adventure and return trip to Fishers, IN

Payment

Your deposit of $250 for the Hazard mission trip is due on May 2, 2021 The final payment of $200 (totaling $450) for this mission trip is due by June 6, 2021. I also encourage the youth to bring some spending money for snacks and souvenirs throughout the week. A prepaid visa card is strongly encouraged to ensure the safety of their spending money. I would also encourage limiting the amount of money they bring. They will need to cover two meals during the week. These are often meals we have during our travel days. Even with money for food, they should not need more than $100 dollars for this trip.

Final Thoughts

As we prepare for this weeklong experience in Hazard, KY, I want youth to prepare for anything. Flexibility and positive attitudes are essential to make this a positive experience. This is a mission trip, and we are going to serve those whom Jesus called, “the least of these.” Let us remember that, for a week, we can do anything, and though this trip might not always be “fun” or “easy,” we are here to experience and combat poverty in our neighboring state. This week will be life changing if we open ourselves up to the experience. I challenge each youth to be ready to work and to give fully to the mission we are called to do during our week in Hazard.

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