2019 Youth Mission Trip to Mission at the Eastward
Who: This trip is for all young people of Bedford Presbyterian Church who are at least 13 years old.
When: Thursday, July 25ththrough Sunday, July 28th, 2019.
Where: Farmington, Maine, about 3 ½ hours away via car.
Deadline to apply: July 1st, 2019
What: We will be working with the Mission at the Eastward (MATE). Their MATE Housing Ministryprovides home repairs for people in need. Painting, roof repairs, porches, steps, ramps and simple interior and exterior repairs are likely prospects for the work teams.
Why: To help learn about mission work and serve the Lord by serving others.
The cost per person: $175. The total cost for the trip is approximately $350 per person. The church mission fund applies $175 toward the cost of each individual. The cost covers most of the room, board, MATE program fees for supplies, and transportation and entertainment costs. Through the generosity of donations made by our congregants who want to see kids involved in missions, sponsorships are available to those who have financial needs.
Lodging:We will be staying in a residence hall on the campus of the University of Maine-Farmington! They will get to experience a piece of college life (under careful adult supervision, of course). They will room with one other youth of the same gender and similar age.
Food and leisure:Most food is included in the cost except for a few items. On the mornings that we are on campus, we will have breakfast at a UMF cafeteria. Most other meals will be prepared by the team, and sometimes take-out will be ordered (e.g. pizza!). You will need to provide money for optional snacks while we are travelling, at the movies, or maybe some ice cream in the evening.
Transportation:We will be arranging for a passenger van and/or adult chaperones to provide transportation in their vehicles.
Applications:Applications and forms will be made available on-line. All participants, adults and youth, are required to provide proof of health insurance. If you don’t have it but would like to participate, short-term insurance specifically for mission work is available through
Carwash:We host twocarwashes during Sunday morning services and Fellowship Hour to raise money for missions. All mission trips cost money for the BPC Mission Committee, so we ask that all young people of BPC, especially those going on the trip, help to raise funds by participating in at least one of the carwashes. It’s a great time of fellowship for all.
Mission Puerto Rico Accomplished!
- Hurricane Maria caused approximately $80 billion in damage.
- 45,000 homesare still waiting for government aid to fix their roofs.
- 8,000 small businesses, about 10 percent of the total, remain closed in the wake of Maria.
- The median FEMA grant made to Puerto Rican homeowners after Maria was $1,800, compared with $9,127 paid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Many of those who applied for aid were denied, often because they were unable to prove they own their home.