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Best Domestic Mission Trips for 2023

SEPTEMBER 2022

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by D.J. Morgan D.J. currently serves as EM's Creative & Marketing Director, helping connect volunteers to life-changing opportunities to serve and grow together on mission trips.

For the first time in a long time, we're facing what looks like a "normal" year for group mission trips, and we're incredibly excited to welcome volunteers to learn and serve in communities across the U.S. We hope you and your group are ready to come with open eyes to see and understand life in different communities as well as open hands to give of your time and resources to encourage and support the awesome work being done in these communities year-round. The following is a list of EM’s best domestic mission trip opportunities for groups in 2023!

Best Domestic Mission Trips 2023

1. Experience Life & Faith in the Navajo Nation (Arizona / New Mexico)

Serving with local churches on the Navajo Reservation is a window into an entirely different culture within the U.S. borders. Indigenous communities like the Navajo Nation in the Southwest have been hit hard by years and years of difficult circumstances long before COVID (which also wreaked havoc on Native communities). Volunteer groups have opportunities to share the love of God not simply through work projects, but also by taking the time to listen and learn from Navajo people. Come and experience life and faith in rural communities where culture, traditions, and family mean so much, and God is moving in ways you wouldn’t expect.

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Best Domestic Mission Trips 2023

2. Serve Rural Mountain Communities in Appalachia (West Virginia / Kentucky)

Bring your team to serve in places rarely covered by the news. Serve alongside EM’s local partner churches and ministries in rural Appalachia communities in Kentucky and West Virginia. Experience a slower pace of life as you learn about the difficult economic history of the area and bring hope and life to local families through home repair projects and great conversations. For those living in the eastern half of the country, these communities offer the added bonus of being an easy and meaningful way to serve without having to deal with air travel. So, simplify your 2023 mission trip plans and join us to serve and grow together in Appalachia.

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Best Domestic Mission Trips 2023

3. Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

For the feel of an international mission trip without the unknown of international travel, bring your group to serve on a hurricane relief mission to Puerto Rico in 2023. As a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico is a remarkably easy place to travel to all citizens of the U.S. But it is also still reeling from devastating hurricanes in 2017 and 2022 and a series of earthquakes in January 2020. Sadly, Puerto Rico has not historically received the same measure of government assistance typically given to mainland states in the wake of natural disasters. This has left much of the work of recovery and rebuilding homes and lives up to local communities and non-profit organizations. On your mission trip, you’ll partner with Puerto Rican-led ministries engaging local people to serve their neighbors one house and neighborhood at a time.

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Best Domestic Mission Trips 2023

4. Urban Missions (in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut)

Bring your team to serve on a mission trip in an urban community and be the hands and feet of Jesus in many different settings. Come face to face with the harsh realities of homelessness, human trafficking, and broken families but also be inspired by local people and organizations who are making a difference in some of the country's toughest neighborhoods. Many volunteer opportunities to show love to people in highly-impacted communities were shut down the last two summers. Come remind people of all walks of life that they are seen, known, and loved.

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Best Domestic Mission Trips 2021

5. Experience Life on the Border in South Texas

Put your preconceived notions about immigration or border walls aside and see the real faces of people impacted by these realities on a daily basis. Connect with immigrant families from Mexico and Central America through local ministries and non-profit organizations seeking to serve the whole person by providing food, clothes, hygiene kits, and more—reminders to each person that they matter. Share the love of God by reaching out to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in their distress, while also learning more about Mexican culture, what drives people to seek asylum, and day-to-day life on the southern border. You will not regret this opportunity to experience these realities firsthand.

Explore Border Mission Trips to South Texas

Wherever you choose to bring your team to serve on a domestic mission trip, the staff team at Experience Mission is excited and ready to help prepare you to serve and grow together. Find your 2023 mission trip today!

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