Join us in Jackson to work with civil rights activist and community developer, Dr. John Perkins. This team will minister with Dr. Perkins through Christ-centered community justice initiatives.
The John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation provides a positive presence within West Jackson offering many opportunities for community sustainability and development.
It also serves as a base for reconciliation, justice, and community development for ministries around the world. The two core efforts of the foundation are youth mentorship and community development.
The goal of the Perkins Center is to transform lives for Jesus Christ in West Jackson, Mississippi. The Perkins Center staff have learned over the last 60 years in evangelical ministry that passionate, active involvement in the lives of children and families helps to significantly shape and influence communities of need. They believe that creating a village to surround and uphold families, especially single mothers, provides a more stable environment where children are raised to know they are loved and protected.
By providing volunteers, facilities, and staff support, the Perkins Center is in essence a village family that is able to reach into the vulnerable community of West Jackson and make positive changes in the lives of their neighbors.
The Greenhouse team will spend time learning about Jackson, the Perkins Civil Rights legacy, and Christian community development as well as serving the Jackson community. The team will be helping with work projects in the Zechariah 8 (Z8) Community Housing Initiative with the possibility of supporting and facilitating a summer camp program run by The Perkins Foundation.
The Z8 Community Housing Initiative provides underserved families and individuals with an opportunity to live in stable, quality homes surrounded by others who support them and their development. The purpose of Z8 is to affirm the dignity of the Jackson community specifically catering to single moms and children.
If you have experience working with children, construction, and community development, please prayerfully consider joining this trip.
REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
- Ability to travel
- Completion of weekly readings from the book “With Justice for All” by Dr. John Perkins (book provided).
- Attendance at weekly team preparation meetings starting June 4 and continuing each Sunday until June 25.
- CDC Guidelines and COVID protocols will be followed throughout the trip.
- Preference will be given to a regular attendee of a microchurch or campus ministry small group, unless special circumstances apply. Church Membership is not required; however, members may be given preference in the selection process when spots are limited.
WANTING TO SUPPORT A MISSION TRIP?
Not everyone is called to go, but we are called to give and support those who can. Please prayerfully consider supporting one of our missions teams or missionaries. We also aim for 50% of our own funds to go to directly out to missions, church-planting, and the poor here and around the world.