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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.

Evenings are flexible, with opportunities to participate in ministry with Bridge of Hope. Past teams have visited the International House of Prayer for a mid-week prayer refueling. Friday morning breakfast is provided and then you are free to enjoy the city or return home and begin seeking out opportunities to minister to the marginalized near you.

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.

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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