Los Angeles, California
In Los Angeles, you will partner with First Evangelical Free Church of LA, in the Pico-Union neighborhood, the fourth most-crowded neighborhood in LA. Ministering to children and families is a high value at First Evangelical Free Church because a quarter of all children in Los Angeles County live in poverty. Incoming teams will lead Vacation Bible School ministry for five days, getting to know the kids and family in Pico-Union. Since this is a leadership development experience, you'll be largely responsible for the planning and execution of the VBS.
In addition, Los Angeles has experienced a dramatic increase in homelessness in the past few years, so students will gain a deeper understanding of issues and implications of homelessness in very tangible ways through engaging the neighborhood’s homeless in gospel conversations and poverty simulation.
Daily training on topics of evangelism, poverty, gospel community and biblical justice are led by church and community leaders from various parts of the city. While learning about the community you are serving, you'll see the work God is doing in one of the most densely populated and ethnically diverse communities west of the Mississippi.
While there is little unscheduled time, we do create time for daily team devotional and debrief, giving you an opportunity to connect with your team and discuss what they are learning and how it translates to their context at home.
In this holistic church community, you'll share a meal or play basketball or soccer with neighbors during the evening hours. If you enjoy informal life-on-life ministry, this is the trip for you.
This trip is best suited for high school teams, but middle school participants have served well in partnership with their older counterparts. Typically, this site blends students from two or more groups coming from different parts of the country. The trip will require your team to plan ahead with pre-trip training materials provided by Apex.
Los Angeles County, which includes the city of Los Angeles, contains the highest population in the nation, with more than 18 million. With people from more than 140 countries speaking 224 different identified languages, opportunities for cross-cultural ministry are endless in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S.
Within walking distance or a short bus ride from your site, you will find Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo and Thai Town.
"Off-duty" may find you at the brand new "L.A. LIVE" entertainment center in the middle of downtown L.A., Dodger Stadium, Hollywood, the Getty Museum or relaxing at the beach. Summer in the "City of Angels" is a great place to experience growth in cross-cultural ministry, evangelism and disciplemaking.