Springfield Baptist Youth Support the Under Privileged in Kansas City
16 youth and leaders from Springfield Baptist departed June 28th on summer mission to Kansas City, KS. The Mission Team went to minister to the needy and underprivileged in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Over the past year the youth of Springfield Baptist Church raised well over $7,000 to pay for their 8-day ministry trip. Each teen was responsible to raise their own financial support through fund-raising events, gifts, and hard work. Teens worked to help one another raise all the monies required to participate in this YOUTH WORKS© summer mission event for service and witness. The group applied and received a grant from the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware which covered about a third of their expense.
While in Kansas City, the team learned about the challenges facing immigrants coming to the USA. They worked closely with state and local representatives within the Hispanic community. The students visited a local consulate where they were educated on the difficulties and requirements that immigrants face each year. While working with local community leaders, the team had numerous opportunities to serve meals in homeless shelters, design and run a kids club-day-camp, do minor home repairs and personally minister to those needing help in today’s difficult economy.
Youth Pastor, Rev. Robert Desalt, began groundwork for this trip in October 2013. The Youth had significant choice and design for the week-long mission and helped to create their own personal missions experience. Commuting to KC took the group two days to drive the 1800+ miles. They stayed overnight at a sister ABC church in Indianapolis along the way. In KC, the SBC students joined with other youth groups from all over the country for a week of ministry to others. At the end of their Mission, the team traveled to Chicago for a day of celebration and relaxation along Lake Michigan’s Shore Line Drive. The team returned late on Sunday, July 6th. They know the effort will be remembered with stories of personal growth and memories of strangers now become friends.
The goal is for students to gain appreciation for others who live radically different from their own cultural norms. Participating teens move from being passive observers to direct participants in the life of disadvantaged communities. Several of the Springfield Baptist youth will use this important personal experience and training to fulfill graduation requirements for their high school’s Senior Class Project.
Springfield Baptist Church has annually sponsored, supported and created these mission opportunities for students for more than 17 years. Springfield Baptist Church works to build young leaders with deep faith, strong Biblical convictions and humble servants hearts. The key is discipling and mentoring students through the year culminating in a strong Mission trip. The church intentionally desires to challenge today’s teenagers to mature through significant spiritually-motivated mission experiences. Each fall, a youth mission is conceived and planned by Youth Pastor, Rev. Davalt, and approved by Senior Pastor Wylie Johnson and the SBC church leadership boards. Rev. Davalt then recruits adult volunteer-leaders willing to devote a week or more of their summer to mentor students. Students prepare themselves through study, prayer, and yearly service projects leading up to each Mission. The event is supported by the entire congregation by encouragement, finances and in corporate prayer.
For more information contact Youth Pastor, Rev. Robert “P. Bob” Davalt at firstname.lastname@example.org, 610.543.8879, or on FACEBOOK© at SBC Youth Connections.