Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Urban Mission Trip Opportunity for Youth

    Looking for an affordable mission opportunity for your church, youth or campus ministry? Want to go on a mission trip but don't have the time to find a place to stay or line up all the volunteer projects?

    My church, Union Avenue Christian in St. Louis, might be able to help. Last year we started a new ministry called The Urban Mission Inn. The Inn is housed on third floor of our inner-city St. Louis church and has sleeping space for about 30, plus 3 brand-new showers, meeting space, and kitchen facilities. In addition to housing groups who are coming to the city for mission work (or those passing through St. Louis on their way to/from a mission site), we will also assist you if needed in setting up volunteer projects that fit your group's gifts and interests. At present, we are only asking a $100 hold-the-date deposit, which is returned to you in full after your visit. By providing housing and logistical help, all you have to worry about is getting here and feeding your hungry group after a day of work.

    Here's what a few of our visitors had to say about the Urban Mission Inn after staying with us this past summer:

    "Way above what we would have expected for accommodations on a mission trip. Extremely friendly for ages 10-70. Would recommend to churches wishing to attend "Mission 101." Affton Christian Church

    "We were welcomed generously. Thank you for the extravagant hospitality. It is such a blessing to find a church with showers -- not to mention one intentionally opening their doors to teenagers." Lee's Summit Christian

    "I was just hoping someone could host us but you gave us great contacts for work too. It's been a blessing to bring my 'country' youth to an urban setting and have such helpful guides." First Christian, Pittsburgh

    The Inn is open year round so we're ready for your group whether you are coming for a weekend during the school year, over Spring Break, or a whole week in the summer. To find out more, go here.