Each summer, Restore St. Louis hosts various work teams at the New City Fellowship St. Louis campus. Teams come from all across America to learn, tutor, work, and teach in a structured week-long program. The Summer Urban Missions program is primarily designed for high school youth groups, but we have had family and junior high teams join us in the past. As an outreach ministry of Restore St. Louis, Summer Urban Missions is a collaboration of resources between New City Fellowship members and groups from other local churches, schools, businesses, etc. New City Fellowship generously provides (at no charge) their campus facilities, staff, and equipment, and other resources.
WHAT WAS THE IMPACT LAST SUMMER?
"To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations-as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt." Deuteronomy 10:14-19
Part of the inference of this passage is that God has brought his people out of the desert and slavery to be a blessing to those who are in a desert and in slavery–foreigners. This fall, we have had several refugees who have responded to the love of God from our summer teams. Refugees who are not Christians have become more open to hearing God’s Good News in Jesus Christ. Refugees who are Christians were greatly encouraged by summer teams and have shared the Gospel both with other refugees and their new American friends.
Why? Because God is committed to showing his love to the immigrant and he is committed to showing his love through the immigrant to us! Are you interested in learning more about God’s love in and through the immigrant? We would love to walk with you!
Team size: Urban Mission teams are encouraged to be no more than 50 members.
Age: Mature Jr. High, High School and adults are encouraged to come.
Leadership: Group leaders must be present with the group at all times. If there are both young men and young women on the team, both a female and male leader must accompany the group. A high ratio of adults to youth teams is desired.
Restore St. Louis does not provide transportation for teams. Vans are encouraged as the transportation method of choice. Buses are not allowed. If your team is flying in, please check with us for suggestions relative to vehicle rental agencies.
Teams will live in the Administration building during their time here. We have adapted the dormitory space for housing short-term partners, with some areas also set aside for lounging and recreation. You will have access to the first floor for meetings and recreation and the second floor for sleeping and quiet study. Separate sleeping, restrooms and shower accommodations are provided for women and men
Meals are provided by staff, and each team should designate 2 volunteers as kitchen helpers to assist staff in the preparation.
Continental style in the Cafeteria building.
Made at breakfast and carried to the work sites by the volunteers teams.
Buffet style in the main dining area
Cost is $150 per person per week. This fee includes meals, lodging, and work supplies. Teams are encouraged to “give above and beyond” that to help cover the cost of materials.