Serving Jesus in Cincinnati
The High School Student Ministries mission trip called GO:Cincinnati began with a road trip to Ohio on Monday, July 2. The group stayed four nights at Cincinnati Christian University. They spent days working with BLOC (Believing, Living, One, Christ), a church planting organization that serves poor neighborhoods.
Rooftop’s group cleaned church chairs, repainted buildings, mowed lawns, moved rocks and cared for children in after-school programs. In the evenings, they worshiped and prayed together and shared their own testimonies with one another.
We asked Donnie the Intern, the director of Rooftop's high school ministry, some questions about the trip. Here’s what he had to say.
What was the purpose of the trip to Cincinnati?
My volunteers and I wanted to teach high school students the importance of service. Also, since some of them will be going to college soon, I wanted to introduce students to the possibility of higher Christian education.
What kind of work did you do?
The most exciting kind of work! We cleaned churches, hung out with awesome kids, passed out food in communities- basic ministry, but so meaningful!
How did the people you serve respond to your work?
Honestly, a lot of the people who didn't work with the church we partnered with didn't care. It was easy to get discouraged. That's just kind of a part of doing ministry. The people who did respond responded positively and were very thankful.
How did God work in the lives of the students during the trip?
I think the trip just introduced students to the idea that serving God missionally doesn't mean going to another country. We think that "going to the ends of the earth" means going to another country. God can do incredible things in your own community. Students learned that being on mission is more than paying to go on mission trips. Being on mission for Christ means living as if your life, where you're at, is the mission field.
How did God work in the lives of the leaders/volunteers during the trip?
Honestly, all of my volunteers were incredible. They helped me stay calm, cool and collected. They served students in humility, loved hanging out with one another, and just grew as friends. God worked in our lives by bringing us closer together.
Do you have an awesome God moment to share?
There was a teenager from the neighborhood named Jay who just kind of showed up during one of our meal times looking for some food. He was funny, outgoing, kind, and very polite. He kind of just attached himself to our group. We invited Jay to eat with us during the days. One time, we asked him to pray for the meal. He was nervous; nobody had ever asked him to pray out loud. He almost left and went home! Luckily, the students and volunteers encouraged Jay to pray. Jay said a little prayer, "Jesus, thank you for this food. Amen." Everyone said amen and cheered for Jay. They were all so encouraging to this guy we just met a few days before. I was incredibly proud of my students and SO proud of Jay.
What’s next for the High School Ministry at Rooftop?
We start up our regular Sunday night youth group meeting on August 5th. Come hang out with us!
How can the church support you in this ministry?
If you know of a teenager in the Affton community who needs some good friends, point them in our direction! Also, come volunteer. We're always looking to expand our team, and we would love to have some fresh faces for our 2018-19 Ministry year.
To contact Donnie about serving or participating in the high school ministry, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.