Many of our readers are familiar with the inner city mission trip opportunity provided by the church I serve in St. Louis. As of now, we are just about full to capacity for the summer. But for groups who are still seeking an urban ministry experience for summer 2011 and are up for traveling to metro St. Louis, I want to encourage you to consider The Urban Mission Experience. This program, hosted by Epiphany United Church of Christ, offers lodging and help in setting up inner-city mission volunteer projects for youth groups at a reasonable rate. In addition, the UME offers opportunities for urban ministry education around such issues as poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Their stated goals are to:
- financially support urban churches,
- introduce mission trip visitors to some of the best mission agencies in the St. Louis area, and
- live out Micah 6:6-8: "No, the Lord has told us what is good. What He requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God."
To learn more about this ministry and how you might partner with them for a summer mission experience, check out their website here.