Each year people from around the world come to America with dreams that life can be different. Our nation's capital stands as a symbol for these immigrants, of hope, freedom and the chance that life can change for the better. Yet the reality for so many refugees and immigrants is much different than their dreams. This new life comes with many adjustments and new realities which create tension and frustration. Naturally as people try to live a new way they are drawn to what has also been common. This is one reason you will find dense clusters of ethnic groups living together in apartment complexes and neighborhoods right outside the center of D.C. in the "outer ring of poverty." Prince George is one of these diverse, low-income suburbs which has become home for several ethnic groups from Africa, The Caribbean and Latin America.
Mission teams will serve within a safe environment, alongside amazing local organizations. Their time and the attention they give to people will have a significant impact in restoring hope for families who are struggling to make their new life a good one. Volunteers will build relationships with locals and provide assistance in any number of ways, including serving meals, putting on Kids Clubs, working on construction projects and helping clean up local neighborhoods. Come and share the love of Jesus in significant, practical ways with people working hard to find new life.
This is a highly relational mission trip, and there are many other potential opportunities. Possible activities include working with under-privileged youth and homeless people. You also may do lighter service projects such as minor repairs, cleaning and sorting, painting, and yard work.
In this community, connecting with the local children through children's ministry is an important part of what we do each day. Teams coming to this community must expect to participate in Kids Club. Experience Mission will provide the curriculum for your teams use. This Kids Club curriculum will be sent out to Team Leaders in the spring via email. Your team may be asked to participate in multiple Kids Clubs and avenues of ministering to children.
Teams will be responsible to bring the craft supplies needed for their specific crafts and should budget appropriately. While we do our best to make sure the craft materials are cost effective, teams may feel free to augment any materials to make them more suitable to their budget. Experience Mission will supply scissors, staplers, paper hole punches and rulers. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with the local children through games like soccer or Frisbee. Tuck in a hackysack, basketball, soccer ball, or jump rope as they are sure to come in handy.
*Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address authentic needs within the community. We ask that you come with a servant's heart and willingness to adapt to the unique qualities represented in each location. Opportunities can vary significantly from one week to the next. Your team may work at one location or serve at multiple locations each day. Due to the changing needs of our community partners, we cannot confirm your specific activities until your team arrives.
Experience Mission partners closely with the Salvation Army in Washington, DC. Due to the nature of working with so many children the Salvation Army requires additional paperwork including a background check to be run on each participant. Experience Mission will e-mail the team leader the waivers early Spring. They are due back to Experience Mission 45 days before your trip starts.
Each morning, there is time set aside for devotions and quiet time. Experience Mission has devotionals/journals that are available for purchase or teams can supply their own. This is a valuable time and we strongly encourage everyone to spend it with God journaling their thoughts and experiences as the days unfold.
Our staff will lead a time of debriefing and a short devotional in the evening (what we call "Evening Gathering") and it is always a great addition to have musical worship. Our programming does not include musical worship as we can't guarantee that our our staff will have this ability. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can help to coordinate the musical aspect of worship when able. If teams aren't able to help in the area of music, it may not be a part of the trip.
Each day, there will be a varying schedule of work and outreach.
AVERAGE DAILY SCHEDULE
3:00-6:00 pm Groups Arrive
5:00 - Leader's Meeting
6:00 - Dinner
7:00 - Orientation Meeting
8:30 - Team Time (a time for your group alone)
11:30 - Lights Out
7:15 - Breakfast
7:45 - Devotions and Quiet Time
8:15 - Group Prayer
8:30 - Teams leave for Sites
12:00 - Lunch
4:30 - Finish Work for the day
5:00 - Leaders meeting
6:00 - Dinner
7:00 - Evening Gathering (as a whole group)
8:30 - Team time
7:00 - Breakfast
7:30 - Cleanup/ Packing
8:30 - Commissioning
9:00 - Pictures & Good-Byes
Your team's transportation to, from and while in Washington, DC is NOT covered. Parking is limited so please plan to bring as few vehicles as possible. 12 passenger vans are ideal. (We do not have locations to store buses or trailers!)
If you're interested in bringing your group on a mission trip, fill out this quick interest form! Our staff will be in touch with you shortly to help answer your questions. Also, many questions about trips to this community are answered under Mission Trip Details & Logistics above.
Experience Mission has specific policies regarding registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.
All volunteers on a week-long EM mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people, with at least one team member age 21 or older to serve as the Team Leader. Not part of a group? All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for EMís IMMERSION program.
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You must have a group size of at least 6 members to join this trip. Please view the Small Team trips or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.
For most trips, you must have a group size of at least 6 members. Please view the Small Teams tab on each Community page or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.