They all run together after so many. Over the years, I have participated in or had the opportunity to lead over 25 summer youth mission endeavors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as a couple of southwestern experiences in New Mexico and California. Short-term missions allow us to be the hands and feet of Jesus with hopes of an understanding that leads to positive transformation and growth in our lives and in our society. This summer our Middle School and High School youth will have inner city missions opportunities in Asheville, NC, and Washington, D.C., focused on advocacy and justice education.

Our Middle School Missions Blitz the weekend of Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25 will be in Asheville, NC, as we partner with various organizations whose mission is to invest in the local community of Asheville. Our service partners for our missions blitz are: Veterans Restoration Quarters, Asheville Greenworks, Black Mountain Children’s Home, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Manna Food Bank.

For our High School Mission Trip the week of June 23 – 29, we look forward to partnering with Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where our own Rev. Maria Swearingen and Rev. Sally Sarratt are co-pastors. Our host organization while we are in D.C., Reach Beyond Mission, will provide for us an alternative mission trip opportunity during which our youth will not only serve but also learn how they might work in their own communities and throughout their lives. Our service partners for the week are: Capital Area Food Bank, Central Union Mission, Feeding America, National Coalition for the Homeless, S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) and Denominational Advocacy Organizations.

I want to encourage our youth to consider participating in our Youth Family missions endeavors this year as we work, learn and serve together. Pricing and registration will be advertised soon.

— Mary Carol