By Stephanie Brown, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"What do you do on a mission trip? Stand around and pray?”
“I couldn’t do a mission trip. Poor people make me depressed.”
“Those people are just looking for a handout.”
A veteran of four mission trips and an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pa., I have heard many misconceptions about mission work. As a Girl Scout Ambassador and a high school senior committed to making the world a better place, for my Gold Award, I decided to create a resource to educate others about mission work. “Unfinished Grace” is my 6 minute video filmed on location during a mission trip to McDowell County, West Va.
By capturing the experience of mission trip volunteers, leaders, community organizers and residents, Stephanie makes a powerful statement and call to action. Not specific to any particular church or program, the video helps express the need for mission work, and helps to define what makes a good mission trip. It is resource that she offers freely to other churches and ministry program providers to use to promote mission work.
Giving voice to the many ways we experience mission in the church
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Thank you for your radical hospitality!
Gwynedd Mercy University
Thank you for your hospitality in hosting students from Gwynedd Mercy and Alvernia University during their Alternative Break with the Interfaith Center. The facility was wonderful. We held several of our workshops there in your comfortable space. What an ideal setting! The students especially appreciated participating in your mass as getting a personal orientation from Rev Morris and such a warm welcome from your parishioners.
With much appreciation for all you do,
“Right now, my group is rating our experience as the best mission they've ever been a part of. The orientation and subsequent building of relationships with kids in the community broke down their racial and urban stereotypes. Most importantly, every one of them experienced a deepening of their faith in God, and tangible understanding of how that faith works itself out in mission and issues of social justice. We will definitely be coming back!”
— Rev. Jane Cornman, St. Mary’s Church, Wayne, PA