Here’s information from the 2017 Urban Experience trips which took place this past summer. Check back for information about next year’s 2018 trips.
A new experience for adults is offered this summer. Joel Hawthorne, CE National Board of Director’s member and member at Grace Church, Akron, Ohio, will lead a trip to Los Angeles.
Urban Experience will give participants a taste of evangelism in the city with hands-on ministry opportunities. This trip is a great opportunity for either a small group to experience together or for training people within the church.
Urban Experience Los Angeles runs July 29-August 6. Orientation and ministry training will take place at the Grace Brethren Church in Norwalk the first two days. Monday and Tuesday the group will go to Skid Row and work with the Union Rescue Mission, one of the largest missions of its kind in America. The team will sleep on the roof of the facility experiencing homelessness for the evening and over-looking downtown Los Angeles.
Wednesday through Friday the participants will team up with other local churches in the Southern California area to do a three day evangelist event in Boyle Heights which will include children’s, young people, and adult programming. Boyle Heights is in a Latino community that is very open to the gospel.
Saturday will be a day to reflect back on the week and attend a service at SaddleBack Church, before returning home on Sunday.
The cost of the trip is $625.00. The price includes local transportation expenses, a t-shirt, meals, housing, and training materials. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due May 15. The balance is due June 15. (The price will increase $50 after June 15.) Housing will be provided by various people from local area churches. Space is limited to the first 20 registered participants. Participants flying in will need to arrive at LAX before 3 p.m. July 29.
This trip is designed to help participants to live ON MISSION and engage with neglected people groups in urban settings to share the hope of the gospel and to return home excited about sharing their faith in their local community.