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Service trips

Domestic Service Trips 

Each Fall, J-Term and Spring Break, the Agapé Center Service Trips team provides students with opportunities to engage with diverse communities through acts of service and fellowship.  Through service, we hope students will experience enriching and challenging growth which will help to foster learning of oneself, of the needs of others and of the role that service plays in society through a lens of Christian faith.

Thank you for serving on a 2019 Fall Break Trip!  This year's trip locations included: 

  • Catholic Charities (Baltimore, MD)
    • Catholic Charities USA is a national organization that offers support to member agencies, provides disaster relief and promotes poverty reduction through research and legislative reform. Volunteers will assist with meal programs, after school tutoring programs, and immigration assistance programs. 
  • Priority 1 Ministries (Bronx, NY)
    • Students will actively engage with impoverished and hunger-stricken communities in the greater NYC area. Volunteers assist with the Breakfast & Lunch Ministry program; an after school program for tutoring inner-city children; the World Vision Storehouse, and more! Students also have the opportunity to actively reflect upon their interactions with the urban populations that they will serve.
  • The Steinbruck Center (Washington, D.C.)
    • The Steinbruck Center provides transformative education, service-learning, research, and training opportunities for youth, students, and adults to address the root causes of homelessness and urban poverty. The Center collaborates with people who are homeless, the interfaith community, policy makers, advocates, social services practitioners & providers. 

J-Thank you for serving on a 2020 J-Term Break Trip!  This year's trip locations included: 

  • Catholic Charities (Baltimore, MD)
    • Catholic Charities USA is a national organization that offers support to member agencies, provides disaster relief and promotes poverty reduction through research and legislative reform. Volunteers will assist with meal programs, after school tutoring programs, and immigration assistance programs. 
  • Children's Bible Fellowship (Carmel, NY)
    • For nearly 76 years, Children's Bible Fellowship of NY (CBFNY) has worked with inner city, at risk, and disabled youth through camp programs consisting of a variety of activities. Students engage in team-building, evangelism, and conflict resolution skills. Through CBFNY's programs, the goal is to disciple individuals to grow in their knowledge of Christ. 
  • Priority One (Bronx, NY)
    • Students will actively engage with impoverished and hunger-stricken communities in the greater NYC area. Volunteers assist with the Breakfast & Lunch Ministry program; an after-school program for tutoring inner-city children; the World Vision Storehouse, and more! Students also have the opportunity to actively reflect upon their interactions with the urban populations that they will serve.
  • The Steinbruck Center (Washington, D.C.)
    • The Steinbruck Center provides transformative education, service-learning, research, and training opportunities for youth, students, and adults to address the root causes of homelessness and urban poverty. The Center collaborates with people who are homeless, the interfaith community, policy makers, advocates, social services practitioners & providers. 

Spring Break Service Trips will take place between March 14-22, 2020. Consider serving as a participant, driver or leader! Trips are filled on a first com, first serve basis - Apply Today! This year's trip locations will include: 

  • Praying Pelican (North Carolina) | March 14-20, 2020
    • Praying Pelican is a Christ-based, short-term international missions organization that desires to work alongside churches and nonprofits who are serving the community. Due to recent hurricanes and tropical storms in the Carolinas, Praying Pelican is partnering with local churches to provide ongoing recovery support for communities. Volunteers will assist in home repairs and will support outreach initiatives.
  • Priority One (Bronx, NY) | March 14-20, 2020
    • Students will actively engage with impoverished and hunger-stricken communities in the greater NYC area. Volunteers assist with the Breakfast & Lunch Ministry program; an after-school program for tutoring inner-city children; the World Vision Storehouse, and more! Students also have the opportunity to actively reflect upon their interactions with the urban populations that they will serve.
  • Vigilant Hope (Wilmington, NC) | March 15-21, 2020
    • Vigilant Hope is an urban mission experience in the heart of Wilmington, NC designed to love and serve the poor and to challenge you to do the same. In this week long experience, volunteers feed the hungry, serve the homeless and restore dignity to the urban community through home repair and beautification projects.
  • WorkFest (Mt. Vernon, KY) | March 15-20, 2020
    • WorkFest, also known as Christian Appalachian project, is a Christian-based organization which seeks to provide home repair and reconstruction services to participants, providing safe, warm and dry housing for families and individuals who otherwise could not afford adequate living conditions.

 

International Service Trips 

The International Service and Missions Program seeks to involve students in cross-cultural service and ministry experiences during their Spring or Summer break.  If you enjoy learning from other people, have a heart for service, and a desire to explore the integration of your faith and service into all of your life, we would like you to consider joining one of our International Service Trip teams!

We look for people who are:

  • Flexible
  • Eager to learn from others
  • Exhibiting a basic understanding of service
  • Willing to step outside of their comfort zones

The Agapé Center’s International Service Trip experience is designed to help you learn about yourself, your teammates and the culture and people of your host country.  Our hope is to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their perspectives of God and His work in the world.

The International Service Trips application and interview process takes place each fall (August-September) and teams are selected in early October each year.  

Płock, Poland | May 22-June 3, 2020

Polish Christian Ministries (PCM) is committed to making Jesus known in Poland and believes short-term teams play an important role in making that happen.  PCM has served the nation of Poland since 1954.  Today, PCM has over 44 Christian church partners and four para-church organizations.  PCM focuses on planting churches, providing resources, and promoting friendships.  PCM serves as a bridge between churches in Poland and churches in the States.  

Students will be traveling to Płock, Poland where they will have an opportunity to share personal testimonies of faith, spend time with host families, teach English to youth (ages 14-18) in local high schools, and support initiatives of the local church. 

La Mina, Dominican Republic | May 29-June 7, 2020

In La Mina, Dominican Republic, students will be working alongside our longtime partnering organization, Food for the Hungry (FH) to assist in poverty reduction and relief efforts.  Specifically, participants will have the opportunity to improve community access to water through piping, trenching, and water filtration infrastructure.  An FH contractor will be assigned to work alongside and train both students and community members.  In addition to water access and housing revitalization, students will lead Vacation Bible School; participate in home visits within the community and support relational ministry opportunities through FH.

Have Additional Questions?

Domestic Service Trips:

Check-out our Domestic Service Trips FAQ or contact servicetrips@messiah.edu.

International Service Trips:

Check-out our International Service Trips FAQ or contact NISMOffice@messiah.edu.