Jackson, Mississippi (July 8-14, 2017)
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 from over 56 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 lies 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 to support and facilitate a summer camp program ran by The Perkins Foundation and also helping with home repair projects in the Zechariah 8 (Z8) Community Housing Initiative which is in need of repair.
The Z8 Community Housing Initiative provides at risk 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. They cater to single moms and children.
If you have experience working with youth and children, construction, and community development, please prayerfully consider joining this trip.
REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
- Completion of weekly readings from With Justice for All, a community development book by Dr. John Perkins in preparation for Jackson.
- Attendance at weekly team meetings on Sundays Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18th from 3-5pm to prepare spiritually and logistically as a team.
- 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.
Application: $50 by December 17th
Payment 2: $350 ($400 total) by January 14th
Payment 3: $300 ($700 total) by February 18th