Unity Baptist Church of Hope, Arkansas
Our Youth Mission Team of 21 older teenagers and 10 adults are seeking possible locations to do ministry on July 12-15, 2021. We are seeking to do actual VBS type ministry.
This mission team has been extensively trained and ready to work. We have prior mission trip experience, having completed trips to Atlanta, GA, Hammond, IN, Ontario, Canada, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Washington, DC, Mann, WV, Cleveland, OH, Jacksonville, FL, High Point, NC and McAllen, TX. All of these are works within the Southern Baptist Convention. We conducted Vacation Bible Schools with the Salvation Army in Painesville, OH. References to all of our previous works are available upon request, spanning the last 24 years. The students are trained in missions, outreach, presentation of the gospel using the Evangecube for children, personal discipleship and training for working with all ethnic groups in large cities and rural areas. These students and adults are faithful members of our church.
Our desire is to present Children’s VBS type ministries, understanding that different things work in different places. We can also prayer-walk and do general clean-up type assignments. We have experience working in homeless shelters and various community social programs and with the homeless – our team spends regular time with the Dallas Life Foundation (500 bed shelter) in Dallas, Texas and Mission Arlington in Arlington, TX.
Typically, our experience is going into locations to conduct a 3-Day Day Camp VBS type ministry from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Our schedule consists of Bible lessons, crafts, recreation, music, puppets, face painting, free hot dogs and snow cones. We also have daily giveaways for the children. We often try to rent a bounce-house locally for the events. In some places, we give away Back To School shoeboxes full of Back To School Items and a $5 bill. In some locations, we have worked in nursing homes/retirement centers in the mornings presenting VBS type ministry for the sr. adults and VBS for children in the evenings. We have also done extensive survey work on behalf of mission or revitalizing churches. We work in shelters sorting, boxing and distributing goods.
We provide all of our supplies. We provide our own lodging and meals.
Our team enjoys working with all groups, including Hispanic and African American children and the poor in an effort to reach their families and open doors of ministry opportunity for the local church. We are open to working with any group. We feel especially led to work with the poor communities in an effort to share with them the joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ. We enjoy working with revitalization efforts of local congregations the most.
It is important for us to partner with places where we can do the most good, reaching the most children with the gospel. We also hope to partner with local churches/missions who will follow up on the work we are doing. We are in complete agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message and will provide additional doctrinal statements upon request.