When: July 5-13, 2024
Where: Costa Rica with Encuentro Missions
(Includes Registration, Transportation, Food, Lodging, and Airfare)
Our Project: The local church has a deep desire to minister to their community. One way we help fulfill that desire is by partnering with them to host VBS. Through the resources our teams provide, we are able to evangelize not only to the children of the community but to the adults as well. Our work begins with a need. Churches in need. We bring new life to churches with a fresh coat of paint. We restore churches with a new ceiling. We help plant churches with a new building and much more. Whatever the need, our teams will work to get it completed.
Send $100.00 deposit to Ron Armenta, NMI Youth Initiative Leader, 5900 Cherry Glen Road, Vacaville, CA 95688. Make check payable to Sacramento District NMI.
Ron will send an application packet once deposit is received.
There will be two major fundraising events hosted by SonRise-New Life to help off-set the cost of the Mission Trip as well as supporting SonRise-New Life Youth Ministries.
These fundraising events are open to all 2024 SACNAZ NYI/NMI Youth Mission Trip Participants and anyone who wishes to support the mission trip by volunteering their time, donating to the cause or sponsoring a student.
The Sacramento District’s Nazarene Missions International which encompasses churches from Tracy, California to Reno, Nevada facilitates a youth initiative to inspire and develop mission minded leaders today and for the future.
On February 17, 2024, the youth group at SonRise-New Life will be hosting our Youth Missions Crab Feed. The proceeds from this event will go towards our annual NMI/NYI Youth Mission Trip. and SRNL Youth ministries.
All-You-Can-Eat Crab, Pasta, Rolls, Salad, with Live Music, a Silent Auction, and a Live Dessert Auction.
This is a Family-Friendly Event.
No Alcohol Will Be Served.
1. Mission Trips Bring Youth Groups Together.
If you’ve ever been on a weekend student retreat, you know how that experience can build community. Teenagers ride together, play together, eat together, stay up late together, get up tired together… “Together” is a powerful word. Think of “together” as glue – the more broadly it’s spread, the better a youth group will bond. Mission trips apply “together” to students’ sense of adventure, their desire serve, their relationship with God, their daily experiences, their broken comfort zones and much more (including these things below!)
2. Mission Trips Broaden Perspectives for Teenagers.
Teenagers might be more connected than ever with what’s happening around the world, but have they seen what it’s like to live below the poverty line in small-town America? Or experienced the energy and exhaustion of inner-city living? Or felt the heartbeat of Native America beaten across the taut surface of a drum? Pulling teenagers from their typical context helps them understand that the world is larger that their daily lives would have them believe. By beginning to understand another setting, their own context comes into truer focus.
3. Mission Trips Challenge Comfort Zones.
Beyond broadening perspectives, mission trips demand that teenagers participate. Painting a house, playing with kids, serving a meal, sleeping on an air mattress, experiencing a new culture – these are a few examples of ways comfort zones are crossed. But when coupled with intentional processing and worship, mission trips have the unique ability to challenge students’ comfortable perceptions of God and the world. Faith steps beyond the doors of the church and demands to be applied to real-world living.
4. Mission Trips Empower Students.
God is doing incredible work through the Church. The energy, authenticity, fresh perspective and passion teenagers bring are a vibrant part of that church. Done well, mission trips help students take ownership and initiative. Eyes are opened. Passions are ignited. Possibilities are exposed. Pursuits begin. Mission trips help teenagers see what they are capable of. But first, the Church chooses to believe in the incredible opportunity of being a teenager – not a possibility to be met “someday,” but a boiling potential just waiting to overflow.
5. Mission Trips Create Sacred Space.
The Israelites used to build monuments by throwing together big piles of rocks to point at later and say, “That signifies God’s faithfulness in our nation.” For many teenagers, mission trips represent a time and a place when God worked in and through their lives. More than a mere mountain-top high, these sacred spaces both anchor students in their faith and propel them forward in their relationship with God. Even in times of trouble, teenagers often point toward their mission trip experience and say, “That signifies God’s faithfulness in my life.”