If your ministry is looking for a weekend opportunity that can fit into your budget. Source Ministry's Urban Immersion Trips can provide a unique, eye opening experience of missions in the urban setting of downtown Minneapolis. Source has been reaching out to the marginalized, skeptical, and homeless youth since 1995.
"Our goal is to be a Missional Community embracing the lambs and looking for the prodigals who want to return home; existing at the crossroads of culture providing hospitality and impacting this hurting, skeptical, and diverse culture through prayer, urban outreach, the Fallout Arts Initiative (Fallout Urban Art Center & Art Co-op), transitional homes and Urban Ministry Training."
Compassion 48: Urban Immersion Trips create exposure, hands on experience and interaction that reveals the reality of the needs in Minneapolis. Processing with staff who have years of experience and currently live and work in the city. This allows uniquely impacting processing times with groups - a powerful experience that you will never forget.
Working in the most diverse neighborhood in the country:
- Poverty - homeless shelters & the cities largest homeless meal within 4 blocks
- Internationals - over 100 languages spoken within 1.5 miles
- Arts - MCAD, Mpls Institute of Arts, & Children’s Theatre across street
Workshops, Trainings, & Outreaches:
- Shelters, food shelves, drop-ins, and free meals
- Creative presentations, testimonies, and video documentaries
- What does the Bible say about the poor?
- "How to connect with individuals"
- "What can we do, right here, right now?"
- Holistic Impact: "what can I (or my church) really do?"
- Worship, prayer, processing, "How to impact your own neighborhood”
Here is the outcome of Jessica's first BGMC fundraiser. Her sister Rebecca helped her too!! :) Jessica did her first Coffee and Kool-Aid stand at our neighborhood garage sale.
Us and 14 other houses all advertise together every year. Along with raising money for missions we taught Jessica about this being a business as well. So we had her take money out of her piggy bank to pay for expenses (kool-aid, poster board ect.) We explained it takes money to make money!!
We also told her she would pay herself back when she started selling her coffee and kool-aid. The morning was so busy!! The first few that came said they didn't drink coffee so I told her to go get dad and put on the hot water and get the hot cocoa. We could hardly keep up!!!!
We were selling it for .50 a cup but most people were putting in $1.00 or more!! We had one person put in $20.00!!! I thought Jessica was going to cry!!! We even had a lady come and ask us if she could donate her toddler bed, and what ever money we got out of it we could give to BGMC. We sold it for $8.00!!!
At the end of the day, the hot cocoa was almost gone and Adam had made SEVERAL pots of coffee. Jessica was able to raise $83.51 for BGMC!!!! She was so excited that she already has big ideas and goals set for next year!!!! It was a success and she can't wait to tell Pastor TJ!!!!Great Job Jessica. We are proud of you for your efforts and passion for Missions!
1282 People heard the Gospel
370 Decisions for Christ
144 Prayed for healing
386 Prayed for needs and problems
In addition to those stats we had one youth service and one Big Day
service with the teens of the churches. There were approximately 550
On the fun and insane side:
3 times to eat pupusas
1 stop for chocobabanos
1 stop for ice cream
13 stops at gas stations for snacks and "el bano"
0 trips to the hospital
Countless smiles and laughter during ministry and bus rides
Countless prayers for the people of El Salvador
It was a great week of ministry. We leave behind some new friends as
well as new followers of Christ.
Check back in a few days for pictures.
Atami also has a water slide, warm pool, and sone amazing food for
Tonight we will have our going away party and preparing to fly home
It's been an amazing trip. Thanks for your prayers.
We celebrated Kelseys 18th birthday by starting the day with a song
and giving her a card (from mom) and later in the day had ice cream
cake at supper.
Our ministry today was in Apopa which is very stron in MS13 gang. At
one point we were able to pray with some gang leaders who had watched
We were joined for supper at Tony Romas by Don and Terri Tripplet.
They shared some atoriea of how STL has made a difference for them in
Friday to the beach
Today again, we didn't focus on a large number of programs, but
instead took time to play with the kids and create a stronger
These programs used the songs and dramas, but also included jumping
rope, frisbee, "football" (world style), and conversation.
We've had a great response at all of the programs and the team has
done great and health us good.
For lunch the team was surprised with pupusas for lunch in addition to
their sandwiches. Chivo!
It's hard to believe there are only two more day left of ministry. The
trip is going fast.
Thanks for your prayers, the injured ankles have not been a problem
We were able to do four longer programs today. By longer I mean we
spent more time playing with the children than usual. This was done
intentionally to build a more solid relationship and connection with
the local church.
One of our returning AIMers was able to see a child from last years
trip. That was a very cool moment.
We've been blessed with a bus that has worked very well for us. Other
than a ticket for cutting off a policeman we've had no issues with
All are in good health, but please pray for Jerad and I as we both
rolled our ankles this morning. The pain us manageable and ministry
continues, but we would love to be pain free :)
Thanks for your prayers.
We estimate about 450 people in attendance as the ES youth shared in
drama and video. The challenge for the day was to have your love for
God consume you resulting in victory in Christ
There was an amazing altar service and one individual said it was the
best Sunday service they had been a part of.
We were treated to Pizza Hut for lunch. A nice break from the ham or
peanut butter sandwiches we normally have.
Since they don't usually do Programs on Sunday we took the afternoon
for some shopping and a stop at an ice cream parlor.
Tomorrow (Monday) will be filled with street programs in Zone 1 which
is the zone for Pastor David, our interpretor.
We are looking forward to reaching kids all day.
After a good nights rest and scrambled eggs for breakfast we spent the
rest ofthe morning in training.
We've learned one ministry song, two fun dramas, and about six upbeat
Everyone is in great health and looking forward to swimming thus
Ministry starts tomorrow.
Our flight out of Omaha has been delayed about 30 minutes but we
should still have enough time to make our connection in Houston.
AIMers are relaxing around the "campfire" (red blanket) and singing
worship songs. It great to have a guitar and some musicians.
Thanks for the prayers.
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