Go Local = Great Impact

This week myself and a brilliant group of students and leaders have been discovering the benefits of “Going Local”, (as opposed to “Going Loco”).

I am sure we are not the first to have done something like this, but I would love to see more people taking a serious look at this type of service project. I even wonder in this economy, if this is something that more student ministries should take a look at as genuine alternative to out of State mission trips? Here’s some info of what we did and some of the benefits of the project:

  • Go Local was a 3 day service project in and around our county, (and our nearest inner city – Detroit). We focused on families in need in our area and poor inner city neighborhoods. We painted, renovated, weeded, mulched, and boarded up derelict houses, (to prevent them from becoming crack houses in Detroit).
  • Go Local helped students to serve locally and realize that you don’t have to drive long distances to other areas of the country in order to serve God and others… (There are great benefits to taking students on a missions trip, but it’s just as important to serve locally and meet the needs of our communities)
  • Go Local defeated the inaccurate idea that in order to serve you have to leave your State…
  • Go Local opened the eyes of students and allowed them to see there are so many needs on their doorstep…
  • Go Local allowed students to express their faith in a practical way and impact the lives of many in the process…
  • Go Local helped students and our church to establish relationships with families and organizations in our area that could be continued over the coming months and years…
  • Go Local was $40 per student (which covered transport, food, and construction materials… O.K, so we did go over budget, but we helped some awesome families… next time students would pay a little more…)
  • Go Local was easier to staff ┬áthan a traditional missions trip. Leaders and parents could come in for 3 days, as opposed to a week long missions trip…
  • Go Local seemed to have produced much of the same fruit I would pray for on a traditional missions trip. However, there are still many good reasons I would go out of State for missions experience too.
  • Go Local, because we were based from our home church allowed us flexibility to change plans and meet new needs as they came up. That week, we took on 3 new projects, sometimes with less than an hours notice…
  • Go Local allowed our community to see we care and truly have a heart for the people close to our church in the surrounding areas…

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