The city of Milwaukee is beautiful in its rich culture and diversity. Yet, many years after the battle against segregation, Milwaukee still shows signs of separation and racial oppression. This city has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country, and the highest unemployment rates among African American males. Overall, it is the fourth poorest city in the country.
In the midst of these statistics, there is an undeniable sense of potential. There is also an undeniable need for the love and hope of Christ. That is where the local church in Milwaukee, as well as many nonprofit organizations and ministries have stepped in. And we have been humbled to join.
In 2011, we began our partnership in this community. From the beginning we have teamed up with Adullam Outreach, B.A.S.I.C.S, the Woodlands, and local churches in the area, supporting the ministry they do on a year round basis. At Adullam, we have worked together in building and remodeling their facility to ultimately carry out their 3-fold purpose: to be a resource center in the city, to mentor neighbors through relationships, and to holistically improve their community. This is done through a coffee house, weekly community meals, Bible studies, and a consignment store. With your help, we will continue the remodeling process of this facility, as well as participate in community meals, prayer and Bible study, and organizing donations received during your week.
Beyond work at Adullam, our partnership with B.A.S.I.C.S has led to many relationships with schools and families in the area. You may be working on beautification and landscaping projects at a school, or doing home repair at a family’s house. But at the end of the week you can know that your understanding of the city, as well as growth in and understanding of prayer will have taken place. Relationships will have formed. Projects will have been completed. Ultimately our desire is to unite, reconcile, and transform the neighborhoods in which we are serving and living, which can only happen through the love of Christ.
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|July 30-August 5|
* Sunday – Friday Trip
- Call for Availability on Crossed out Dates or for Winter/Spring Break Trips
AGE GROUPS ALLOWED
- Middle School Students
- High School Students
- College Students
*This includes all accommodations, food, work project materials and programming.
Community Activities / Immersion 25%
Relational Ministry 25%
Adullam is a ministry that ministers to a very specific part of the Milwaukee community located right around their building. They focus on meeting the needs of these community members. Adullam is located in an old factory and has been working on remodeling it to create their ministry center. Next Step has come alongside Adullam to help remodel the building. The remodel includes framing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, and interacting with the staff, additional volunteers, and surrounding community.
A lady who lives across the street from Adullam frequently serves with Adullam and was in need of a few repairs to her home. She humbly accepted and we focused on a small bathroom remodel. From that project a few additional repairs became apparent including some flooring repairs, small siding repairs and paint, and drywall repairs and paint.
Brothers and Sisters In Christ Serving (BASICS) in Milwaukee, is a Christian organization, which provides “ministry outreach leadership and resources”. These resources seek to prepare indigenous leaders to support sustainable community development by integrating spiritual, social, and physical aspects into the neighborhood transformational process. In essence, BASICS serves as a unifying force for the people and leaders in Milwaukee who wish to work towards winning the city over for Christ. They do this through various initiatives and types of ministry.
Adullam is a community center located on the north side of Milwaukee. The building itself is an old renovated sawmill facility, now used for various holistic ministry endeavors. Above all else, Adullam serves as a place to encounter God and find love, refuge, and encouragement for those who need it most. Here are just a few ways this is done: constant prayer meetings, worship gatherings, and Bible studies; after school program for local kids; computer and job skills training; discipleship/mentoring/tutoring programs; concerts, community outreach events, and holiday meals.
We’ve been told our worship experience is where summer camp meets mission trip. We put together bands from all over the country to lead your students in powerful worship every night. These talented and Christ-centered musicians will help show your students that worship can be fun, worship can be exciting, and worship can bring a joy they have maybe never experienced before.
It is our goal to bring your students closer to Christ this week. One way we do this is through challenging evening messages. Whether your students are new to the whole God thing or devoted Christians, these messages will help them understand Christ is alive and working in their lives today and a personal relationship with Him is available.
ORIGINAL VIDEO SERIES
Every summer we produce an original video series that coincides with the evening messages. This video series is our attempt to reach your students in yet another way with powerful stories of Christ in action. We’ve featured speakers such as Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne and Propaganda. You can watch some of our past video series in our Media Section.
MyStep is an online program solely dedicated to helping your students, your church, or your ministry take the next step in a commitment to Jesus Christ. Whether you just came back from a mission trip through Next Step, or you’re just looking for another way to strengthen your faith, MyStep is for you! We created a safe environment for students to explore the faith, and experience God in new and amazing ways!
Devo Stories are one of MyStep’s most popular features. We have over 365 short video story illustrations that show the many different ways God is working in our daily lives. Whether it’s a comical lesson about the consequences of stealing or a serious conversation about a parents’ divorce, these stories help students understand God in new and real ways.
Another feature is the Prayer Wall, which provides an open and anonymous prayer forum for anyone to share their praises and concerns, and be prayed for throughout the year. Know our team is praying for these requests.
Both of these features can be installed for free on your mobile device. Simply search for Devo Stories or Prayer Wall on your phone or tablet’s app store. This makes staying connected to God and each other easier than ever!
The trip is hosted at Evangel Assemblies of God. Here we will worship, eat meals, sleep, shower, and hang out! Guys and girls will be separated into different rooms for sleeping arrangements. Sleeping will be on the floor so please bring a twin air mattress and bedding. There are bathrooms in the facility and a shower trailer on site with individual shower stalls.
Bus Accessible, Van Accessible
This site is bus accessible, but vans are preferred. Some groups choose to fly and then rent vehicles for the week. The nearest airport is the General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) located 27 minutes from our mission site.
WHAT TO BRING
- Twin Size Air Mattress
- Bedding & Pillow
- Water Bottle
- Insect Repellent
- Swim Suit
- Work Shoes
- Work Clothes
- Casual Clothes
- Work Gloves
- Safety Glasses
SUNDAY (ARRIVAL DAY)
3:00-5:00 pm – Arrive to Mission Location
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship & Weekly Orientation
8:30 pm – Church Time, Small groups, Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out
MONDAY – THURSDAY (WORK DAYS)
7:00 am – Wake Up
7:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
8:00 am – Morning Devotional
8:15 am – Depart for Worksite & Begin Working
12:00 pm – Lunch & Devotion
1:00 pm – Resume Working
3:30 pm – Clean Up/Return
4:00 pm – Free time/Showers/Leader Meeting
6:00pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship
8:30 – Church Time/Small Groups/Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out
FRIDAY (COMMUNITY / FUN DAY)
8:00 am – Wake Up
8:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
9:00 am – Morning Devotion
9:15 am – Leave for Free Day Activity!
4:00 pm – Shower Time/Free Time/Leader Meeting
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship
8:30 pm – Church Time/Small Groups/Free time
11:00 pm – Lights Out
The trip lodging facility will always be locked to ensure safety. During the day, students will be serving at homes where Next Step has already visited the family and knows who they are. Furthermore, community members select these projects, so we can ensure they are safe places for us to be. This network of community friendships allows for Next Step to engage with the community in a way that is trusted and safe.
On the first night of the trip, our staff will train and equip your team to understand safety on the construction work sites. If you’re interested in learning more about this, please visit our Construction Safety page.
We are more than happy to talk in more detail about safety on this trip. Please feel free to contact our office for further conversation regarding trip safety.
50% Payment on March 15
Final Payment on May 15
The deposit is $50 per participant and due 30 days after online registration. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. March 15 is the last day to cancel participants. Note, if you cancel participants prior to March 15 the deposit money will be lost. If you need to make cancellations after March 15, your church will still be responsible for paying the full fee for all participant registrations reserved. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact our office and we would be happy to discuss in more detail.
During the mission trip it is important that we make every effort to dress respectfully, modestly, and appropriately. We will be working hard serving in the community so it is best to wear old, comfortable, and modest clothes. Please understand there may be different cultural norms in the other partnering churches and/or community you are visiting for one week. While certain clothing may be acceptable in your hometown, it might not be appropriate for the mission trip.
Please review the dress code below and pack accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-514-4051.
- Shirts: All trip participants (male and female) MUST wear short or long sleeved shirts on the work projects. Tank tops and sleeveless shirts are not allowed on the work projects everyday from approximately 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. However, you may wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts in the evening during free time, dinner, and worship from approximately 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Please note - no spaghetti strap tank-tops or ripped cut-off shirts. All sleeveless shirts must have a hem.
- Pants/Shorts: All trip participants (male and female) must wear modest pants/shorts at ALL times on the mission trip. Please adhere to the following rules regarding pants/shorts:
- Shorts: please be mindful of the length of your shorts. Follow the “fingertip length” rule to determine if your shorts are the appropriate length. To do this, stand with your arms straight at your side. Place your palm against the side of your legs and note where your fingertips are. ALL shorts must be at this length or longer.
- Spandex pants are NOT allowed on the mission trip at ANYTIME. This includes spandex shorts and yoga pants.
- Bathing Suits
- Ladies must wear a one-piece swim-suit or wear a colored t-shirt over a two-piece.
- Males must wear swim trunks that are long enough for the “fingertip length” rule. To do this, stand with your arms straight at your side. Place your palm against the side of your legs and note where your fingertips are. ALL shorts must be at this length or longer.
Each trip participant should be sure to pack the following items:
- Air Mattress (twin size to be sure there is enough space for everyone)
- Bedding & Pillow
- Water Bottle
- Sunglasses and/or Hat
- Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
- Personal Snacks (i.e. granola bars, trail mix)
- Towel and toiletries (i.e. soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
- Work Shoes: an old pair of tennis shoes will work well
- Work Clothes: old t-shirts, athletic shorts, cargo shorts, or jeans all work well. Please be sure to review the dress code in advance.
- Casual Clothes: bring a clean set of clothes to change into after showers every evening. Plan to dress casually and comfortably!
- Personal work gloves, safety glasses, and hammer