What is the Purpose of a Compassion Trip in theUNDERGROUND?
There are four main reasons that theUNDERGROUND has decided to offer this compassion trip to Wilmington, Delaware with Urban Promise:
Awareness. We realize that students are aware of the major issues in the world around them such as health issues, poverty, and lack of education, but awareness grows in experience as well. In a trip such as this, the transition from awareness to the desire for more information on these issues develops quickly – which brings me to the second reason: education.
Education. Our students will be educated through training, by Urban Promise staff, and through experiences in regards to urban issues and how so many people are affected. This awareness coupled with further education will then lead students to the third reason for this experience: action.
Action. This experience allows students to go beyond simply talking about compassionate living to actually roll up their sleeves and dig right in. Students will be completely immersed in the culture of urban missions and surrounded by individuals who serve in this capacity on a regular basis.
Transformation. Our desire is that our students will continue to be transformed in Christ from the inside out and that this experience will help to shape and motivate that process. Our desire is that our students will help to transform the lives of people who they connect with throughout this experience while they are being transformed themselves.
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What is Urban Promise?
The focus of Urban Promise Wilmington is to be the light of Christ through servant leadership in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. For full details on this ministry, go to www.urbanpromise.org.
Who Will Be a Part of the Team?
This compassion trip is a cross-regional experience; which means that we have opened the application process up to all of The Meeting House sites. Only students in Grade 9 through 12 may apply (there will be no exceptions). This team will be composed of up to 40 students and 10 leaders.
What Will The Team Do?
While we are there, theUNDERGROUND Urban Promise Compassion Team will spend approximately half of our time working with children in the Children’s Ministry Programs. We will be serving staff by helping to run classes (Arts & Crafts, Bible, and Recreation) and by leading songs, games, skits and other parts of the program.
The remainder of the week will be spent in various physical labor projects. These projects vary considerably and may include the following: light building renovations, building maintenance & landscaping, neighborhood clean-up projects within the city of Wilmington. We will also participate in musical worship with Urban Promise staff, morning and evening devotional times, and a panel discussion with some of the Urban Promise teens, interns, and staff to increase our overall awareness of urban issues.