CHARLESTON, SC | 2020 HIGH SCHOOL MISSIONS TRIP
June 14-20, 2020 | Registrations Due Sunday, January 26, 2020
This summer, our High School Ministry (9-12 grade) will travel to Charleston, SC to reach out to others with the Life-Saving message of Jesus Christ! We want to provide a trip where students will have the opportunity to look outside of themselves, to serve in the name of Jesus, build relationships with those we will be meeting there, and find opportunities to share the Gospel. Our trip to Charleston will also give the students exposure to people who are less fortunate than them, and hopefully gain a greater appreciation for the many blessings God has given them.
Our vision for this mission trip is to bring home students who have been challenged spiritually and have grown dramatically closer to God by serving Him and His people in Charleston. We want students to share their love of Jesus through their speech, thoughts, and actions. This is all about growing the kingdom of God through service. Our prayer is that these students’ lives will be changed by the difference that they make in other people’s lives in the name of Jesus.
ABOUT THE TRIP
CHARLESTON, SC | 2020
Ninth through graduating Twelfth Grade Students. June 14-20, 2020.
Cost: $750. Deposit: $200
CHARLESTON 2020 is hosted by M-Fuge, a very reputable para-church organization owned and operated by Lifeway Ministries. Our High School Ministry has partnered with M-Fuge for 7 years. Doug, our Pastor to High School Students, has been taking students on Mission with M-Fuge for over a decade. M-Fuge combines elements of Evangelism Training, hands-on Mission Experiences, and evening Worship and Teaching in cities across the United States. Students and adults have the opportunity to choose between various ministry tracks. This is a very unique experience. Most mission trips for young people only offer two forms of service; construction and working with children. Although these trips definitely make a big difference, it can be difficult for individuals whose passions and abilities thrive in other areas of service. M-Fuge offers various different types of Missions opportunities on their trips. In Charleston, there are six Missions Tracks are available to choose from:
- Children's Ministry: Serving in Boys and Girls Clubs, Local church Kids’ Programs, and Vacation Bible Schools. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children (and their families) who have never stepped foot in a church have never met Jesus before.
- Games and Recreation: Using Games and Sports to build relationships and lead Bible Studies in City Parks, Local YMCA’s, and on the Beach. By building relationships through sports, we earn the right to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who we encounter.
- Painting, Construction and Yardwork: Serving the Community to complete projects for those who are not capable of doing so. By serving them, we earn the right to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them: with our actions first, then our words.
- Special Needs Ministries: Working with children and young people with various special needs and mental handicap through various Programs. Sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them and leading them in ways to discover God’s Word through unique, hands-on experiences.
- Evangelism: Building relationships with others through various connection points that M-Fuge sets up along the way, we will have the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will have the opportunity to share our testimony, our story of how God has transformed us into a new creation through His Son, Jesus Christ – and – we will have an opportunity to share God’s Story, the Life-Saving, Life-Changing message of Jesus Christ
- Social Ministry: Serving in Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and working with the Elderly. This ministry track allows us to make a real difference in the community we will be living in for the week by working in the various community outreaches and programs previously established by churches and parachurch programs.
Housing arrangements are quite accommodating and secure. We will be staying in the dorms of Charleston Southern University, a Private Christian School. We will be eating our meals there as well. You can take a quick look at CSU by viewing this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/er-r7ddalVU .
From 11am-5pm, students will serve in their Missions Tracks throughout Charleston, SC. Our church will be broken up into different tracks based on our student’s choosing, but there will be a handful of our students and one of our adult leaders in each Missions Track.
In the evening, back at CSU, students experience Large-Group Worship with the worship leader for the week: Allison Helms. They will be challenged and encouraged by God’s Word through the message given by the Pastor for the week: Jonathan Denton. Later into the evening, our church group will enjoy organized Fellowship Activities and Small Group Time together.
REGISTRATION AND FINANCES
A non-refundable deposit of $200 and a CHARLESTON 2020 Missions Application/Covenant are due by Sunday, January 26, 2020, in order to attend. You may turn in a check with your Application/Covenant (Download Link Below) by January 26, or you may pay online ccgf.org/GivetoStudents. This will secure your spot on the trip as space for this trip is limited.
The remainder of the cost for your Mission Trip will be your responsibility to raise the funds. We will help you do this: Each year, most of the funds for our Youth Ministry Mission Trips have been raised through the writing of support letters by students, social media posts, and personal conversations. In addition, students in the past have innovated other ways to raise funds: Their families have put on sales for sub sandwiches, homemade jewelry, yard sales, and the like. Some families decide to pay for the trip themselves.
In the Bible, we read about Jesus sending his followers to be missionaries to the surrounding towns and minister to them just as He is sending us to Charleston this summer. Jesus gave many instructions to these early missionaries, and He taught them not to be ashamed in asking for a place to sleep and food to eat. Jesus said this to them:
Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Luke 10:7
Luke himself was funded by Theophilis to learn and report all he can about Jesus Christ and the first church. We would not have the largest contribution to the New Testament, The Books of Luke and Acts, if it was not for Theophilis’ generous funding to Luke’s mission.
When we ask others to partner with us financially in ministry, we give them an opportunity to be blessed by God. Someone may not be able to travel with us to Charleston, but their dollars can, and this gives them an opportunity to experience the fruit that you will experience while you are there. We are asking you to take a risk and share your story with the people around you, your family, and your friends. We hope that you can share with family and friends (maybe even strangers or neighbors) about the trip, the life changing opportunity, and what you are about to do for God this summer. Ask them if they would be willing to partner with you and help fund your decision to go and make a difference in others’ lives. Do you know someone that would be willing to give $5 to help you go? Do you know someone who would be willing to give $100 to help you go?
A Fundraising Packet, including sample letters and online giving instructions will be emailed to those registered for the trip in February to help students raise the funds needed. In addition, there will be a dedicated webpage of our website for the most up to date info on the trip and online giving: ccgf.org/HighSchoolMissions for more info and ccgf.org/givetostudents to give online. This webpage will make it extremely easy to give quickly and efficiently, to track where students are in the raising of their funds, and as every gift (including those from parents, including their deposit for the trip) is tax deductible, this website will make it extremely easy for those who gave to receive year-end tax documents.
Here is a breakdown of the payment calendar for the trip. These are amounts you need to have raised by each specific date below:
CHARLESTON, SC | COST: $750
- 1/26/20: $200 (Deposit)
- 4/05/20: $300
- 5/17/20: $250 (Final Payment & Final Paperwork Due)
*These dates have been chosen and dollar amounts have been assigned to represent the amounts Christ Church will have to pay out to various organizations (like van rentals, hotel reservations to and from, payments to M-Fuge - the organization who is hosting our trip, etc.) throughout the spring. As a consequence, any cancelation after each date listed may result in the forfeit of those amounts to compensate for the moneys forwarded by Christ Church. Parents of students attending will be responsible for whatever funds left over that have not been raised by May 17, 2020.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RELEASE FORMS
Later in the Spring, there will be an additional “Master Packet” containing every detail of information given to the students and their families about this trip. This will include detailed information about departure and arrival times, our travel plans, schedules for each day, what to pack, and so on. M-Fuge usually sends each church this information for us to build on by late March, early April. Included in this packet will be an “M-FUGE Release Form.” This form will need to be notarized (we strive to organize a notary at the church for forms to be notarized free of charge later in the Spring) and turned in with the final payment on May 17, 2019.
I have been a witness to so many students’ lives being forever changed by our Mission Trips with M-Fuge! This will be my 13th trip with M-Fuge, my 7th with Christ Church at Grove Farm. My hope is that you will prayerfully consider as a family sending your High Schooler on this trip with us. This will be an experience that will be remembered; challenging and empowering students to be world-changers with all that they will learn. Please contact me with any questions about the trip – I love to talk about it! Send me an email, we can even set up a meeting in person or by phone.
Yours Because of Him,
Doug Raraigh – High School Pastor