High School Youth Mission Trip

Location: Pine Ridge, SD

July 14-22, 2018

Our 2018 Youth Mission trip will take us back to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, where we will partner again with NextStep Ministries in their ongoing presence in this rural reservation. We took a group to this mission four years ago and had a fantastic experience! We hope you will consider coming with us as God knits us once again into the story of this reservation and its inhabitants. Our day off will either be a visit to Wounded Knee or swimming in the Black Hills with a visit to Mount Rushmore.

Important Dates

Optional Information meeting: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:30-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall for parents and youth.
Mandatory Meeting for everyone attending: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:30-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall (Adult Mentors, Parent & Youth must attend).

What We Will Do

Inside the southwest corner of South Dakota near the Nebraska border, sits a beautiful stretch of rolling hills and endless skies known as the Pine Ridge Reservation. Pine Ridge is one of the largest Native American reservations in the country, and faces some of the most deeply rooted challenges. Alcoholism, drugs, unemployment, abuse, and suicide impact family dynamics and the larger community on a daily basis. We have walked through moments with families experiencing death from alcoholism, and schools grieving a single student lost by suicide.

This is why we came to Pine Ridge, but it is not why we stay in Pine Ridge.

We stay to learn. We stay to build trust. We stay because we see potential and hope. We stay because community members are joining us in the work and invested in change.

With countless mission teams visiting Pine Ridge on a year-round basis, our desire is to humbly walk alongside the friendships we have built and faithfully support the local organizations who work day in and day out on the reservation. And although challenges are present and years of resentment towards outsiders may exist, hope persists and reconciliation continues to take place physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Our platform for partnership in Pine Ridge is construction based. Our students will meet tangible, physical needs on trailers and homes in the area. At the core, the work we are doing in Pine Ridge is relational. With your help, we desire to build relationships with new families and organizations in the area that are founded on trust, rooted in humility, and centered on learning.

Feel free to watch Next Step’s Video.


Every year we have a variety of fundraising efforts to defray the cost of the mission trip. A key to our success is the participation of all youth in the Winter Pig Roast and Silent Auction on March 10. Additionally, we will continue the spring youth Stock Sales that our church has so generously supported in the past and which take place April 15, 22, and 29. Fundraising proceeds are evenly split between those students who participate in each fundraiser. The final trip cost will be determined after our spring fundraising is finished. Our financial goal for this trip, after fundraising for those who participate, is to be in the neighborhood of $500. We cannot give a final cost until May, once all fundraising is finished.

Eligibility and Registration

All incoming ninth-graders through graduating seniors in 2018 are eligible to travel with us. We will also be accepting applications for a limited number of college mentors and adult mentors. Join us for this life-changing opportunity! To complete your reservation, please print and return the permission slip and expectations list along with a $150 non-refundable fee.

College and Parent Mentor Applications

Responsibilities for each of these mentor roles are outlined on the respective application forms. The Youth Mission Team will review all applications as they arrive and notify you when any decision has been made.

Young Adult Mentor Form
Adult Mentor Form

Stay Up to Date

Sign up for the High School Newsletter to get updates on the 2018 youth mission trip as well as all high school ministry happenings.

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Consider volunteering for our fundraising efforts.
  • Join us for the Youth Mission Commissioning on July 1.
  • Become a “Stockholder” by purchasing “stock” during the month of April. Proceeds directly go to offsetting trip costs. Join us for the stockholder brunch on July 29.
  • Pray for us!

If you have any questions feel free to contact Pastor Nick or the Youth Director, Joel Morien.

High School Youth Mission Trip Forms

For Youth

Mission Trip 2018 Expectations
Permission and Emergency Medical Consent-Youth Mission trip 2018

For Adult Chaperones

Adult Health Information Form
Volunteer Application and Background Check Authorization
2018 Young Adult Mentor Application
Adult Mentor Mission Trip Application
General Conduct Agreement and Medical Insurance Waiver (Adults)