Provincial Youth Gathering 2019
Mission Trip Details
“Yes! God,” is always a leap of faith, and that’s where we do our growing. That is exactly why we are so excited for the Provincial Youth Gathering mission trip in Dallas this June 19-22. We anticipate that God is going to stretch our youth’s worldview, get them thinking outside of their boxes, form new and deepen friendships and get to see what God can do in and through each one of them as they step out to serve. We look forward to partnering with some awesome local ministries, doing some amazing work in the Dallas area. Here is a bit of information about some of the ministries that we will be coming alongside to further their mission to those in need.
Located in North Texas, Project Transformation is a collaborative program model through which college-aged young adults, with the help of other partners, implement literacy and social-emotional interventions with children and youth, at program sites, which are strategically housed in churches. They believe, and 20 years of experience has shown, that transformation of individuals and of communities happens through relationships. It is in the holy space that transformation occurs.
The elementary program includes 40 minutes of one-to-one reading each day with a volunteer to improve fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension, as well as to increase the children’s confidence in reading.
We will be partnering with the family night and summer day program which also includes arts enrichment and healthy habits. All lessons are project-based and teach not only academic skills, but also social-emotional skills. Each participant in the program receives breakfast, lunch, and a snack each day, thanks to the longstanding partnership with the North Texas Food Bank.
Bonton Farms started as a small garden in a vacant lot in this little inner-city neighborhood, quickly turned into the City of Dallas’ first urban farm. The original farm is 1.25 acres boldly situated in the South Dallas community of Bonton, an area ravaged by generational poverty, crime, and classified by the USDA as a food desert.
In 2016, a local family, the Treffingers, were inspired by the mission of Bonton Farms and generously donated 20 acres of land located about 10 miles from the original farm. They loved it so much that when another 20 acre plot adjacent to the original one became available, they purchased it and donated it for further expansion of Bonton Farms. That 40 acre site is what we call “The Bonton Farms Extension’. It happens to be one of the largest urban farms in the United States. In this unlikely setting, we are cultivating a sustainable and vibrant urban farm with the mission to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope.
Ultimately, Bonton Farms is not a story about food. With the good Lord’s blessing and the generosity of people, Bonton Farms has become a true catalyst for transformation.What began as an act of defiance has become an agricultural intervention, providing healthy food, jobs, community development and restoration.
Welcome to the bigger story, the story of a small urban farm boldly growing hope through vegetables, fruits, eggs, and honey and a community, plagued by poverty, transformed in the process. Yes! Our youth will be getting their hands dirty. We will be moving mulch, mucking stalls, painting, milking goats, collecting eggs and so much more. They will be rubbing shoulders with the locals with whom Bonton Farms employs and serves. Expect to be changed in this place. It is really quite amazing what is happening down on this farm!
For The Nations Outreach
For the Nations: Refugee Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving refugees in the Dallas area who offer a wide variety of educational programs to help refugees continue in the long process of adapting to life in the United States. They help families adjust to life in America by advocating for them. Most importantly, they share with refugees the good news of Jesus Christ.
Over the last several years they have developed high quality, effective educational programs and have shared the good news of Christ with many DFW area refugees. Their vision is to bring these proven programs to more and more of the area’s large refugee population. Their goals are to teach English and literacy, life skills, help refugees, to connect refugees with their community, and to teach Bible and christian faith.
Our teams will come alongside to help run the Vacation Bible School program by helping in classrooms with refugee children ages PreK-8th graders. We expect this to be amazing as kids work with kids to introduce them to Jesus maybe for the first time and empower them to be all they can be as they acclimate to a new culture in the USA.
Located in Dallas, we exist to reach, train and send urban young people. We are especially called to the poor, forgotten, outcast and unreached of our city. As God said in Isaiah "Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings (Isaiah 58:12).
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving the youth of the world. The Dallas chapter, simply known as YWAM Dallas, is located in East Dallas, and has been ingrained in the community for almost twenty-five years.
YWAM was established in 1992 when the mobile team know as 'The Reach Team' permanently relocated to our east Dallas. The property that is now our office was given to us at that time and our team transitioned to doing urban outreach full time. From humble beginnings in the front room of our office building our ministry programs have grown to involve dozens of people in different types of groups that meet weekly. In 2001 we were miraculously given money to buy the building across the street which now is our 'Timothy House'. We have experienced God's great faithfulness over many years and look expectantly to what he is going to do next.
Our teams will be partnering with YWAM as we help run the day camp Bible club in the local Baptist Church to unconnected immigrant children. Without this program these children would be overlooked and forgotten as they roam the streets for the summer. In this urban area, we will also have the opportunity to do some neighborhood clean up, painting and home repair. Showing the unconditional love of Jesus to these beautiful children and the community will prove to impact the hearts not only of the children we will be serving, but also our own.