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Kansas City, Kansas

Trip Overview

Bridge of Hope Community Church is compassionately transforming lives through Jesus Christ. Located in the Northeast section of the urban core in Kansas City, they seek out the marginalized in the community to express God’s love through tangible acts to the homeless, the poor, the addicts, the widows, and the orphans.

Come alongside Bridge of Hope as they work to ease the burden of neighborhood families in need. Serving kids and their families is a priority in this community where 37 percent of residents live with income below the poverty line and more than half of the children in the area living below the poverty line.

In K.C., teams will help lead a Monday-Thursday full-day (11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) summer camp with Vacation Bible School-type activities. In addition to planning an extended VBS, incoming teams should prepare to spend additional time with the kids before and after the day camp, as well as assisting with transportation to and from the church. Many church staff help with various aspects of the day camp, giving participants opportunity to learn from them about the work God is doing. Following Sunday morning worship, teams will also tour the neighborhood and learn about the unique culture of the urban core.

Church and community leaders from various parts of the city will engage the teams on topics of evangelism, immigration, gospel community & biblical justice while our Apex Staff leads the daily training in personal evangelism. Not only are you learning about the community you are serving and the work God is doing in Kansas City, you will be going home with training and tools you need to be gospel influence the rest of the year. Even though the days are full, we do create time for daily team devotional and debrief giving you time to connect with your team to discussing what they are learning and how it translates to their context at home.

The heart of the people of Bridge of Hope is love for their community. They have personally experienced the transformational love of Jesus and invest their lives to pass that on. Their stories of hope will challenge and stretch your faith.

Trip Info

Transportation- Transportation is required during the week to get to various ministry opportunities. Because of the challenges of city traffic and parking, 15 passenger vans are the largest size vehicle that can be accommodated.

Lodging- Groups will be staying at Bridge of Hope Church. The church provides groups the space to have separate areas for boys and girls to sleep as well as a designated meeting area for meals and group times.

Capacity-The church can accommodate 35 participants.

Age Range- Apex trips are ideal for High School students but this city experience is well suited for both Middle School and High School groups or combination of both.

Training- This trip will require your team to plan ahead with pre-trip training materials provided by Apex.

Destination Overview

Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas are perceived as one city divided between two states, but the truth is they are two cities in two states. The divide has its origins in the days of slavery when pro-slavery people in Missouri came in contact with abolitionist settlers in Kansas. The “barbecue capital of the world,” like many urban centers, has seen a steady decline in population and an increase in poverty and unemployment rates. The rapid population decline led to nearly one-third of homes being left vacant. At the crossroads of several major interstates, human trafficking is increasing, doubling since 2009.

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