JOIN US IN NORFOLK, VA
When we open the paper in the morning and read about the city of Norfolk, Virginia, we get a glimpse of a growing and thriving economy. Big headlines catch our attention, sharing stories of growth and change. Norfolk is located next to one of the largest ship repair facilities in the country, home to Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Hampton Roads Admirals, and new businesses thriving in the multimillion-dollar waterside development. But, on the next page, we see a city filled with crime, countless murders, run-down housing projects, and underfunded support facilities that give little consideration to the thousands of lives that inhabit its community. What does EY2S see that others don’t? We see the hope of Christ. We see young kids created by the Creator that need love, direction, leadership, opportunity, discipleship, and more. We see an opportunity, as the Apostle Paul illustrated in his epistles, to apply head knowledge of scripture, and an opportunity to actively apply biblical principles of love, joy, peace, and reconciliation within the inner city.
A Glimpse into our Ministry:
After spending seven years leading domestic mission trips to other parts of the country, Jeff Montgomery and his team were no longer content to let someone else reach his own city. Partnering with local churches in Hampton Roads, his vision of a Norfolk-based, inner-city focused, mission organization became reality. EY2S is designed from the ground up to train young people to see the need next to them, equip them with Gospel tools, and send them back to their communities with leadership abilities and passion for the unreached.
Day 1 - Your team arrives at the mission site on Sunday at 4:00 pm. We will begin with a welcome to EY2S, ice breakers, pizza, staff Introduction, schedule layout, and an explanation of our “Breakfast with God” booklet. Students are also broken into teams for the worksite, VBS, and chores. The evening ends with an Ice Cream Extravaganza.
RISE & SHINE
The breakfast prep team reports to the kitchen at 6 a.m. with an EY2S team leader to prepare breakfast for the entire missionary team. Missionaries also prepare their own bag sandwiches for lunch at the worksite.
BREAKFAST WITH GOD
This is an opportunity for your
missionary team to individually
connect with God. Whether it
is for their first time reading the Bible or they have been consistently reading for years, each one of your students will get something out of their study. Each missionary is given a study guide to help them navigate and experience a personal relationship with God.
EY2S team leaders provide
missionaries with instructions
for the day, answer questions,
and take another opportunity
to pray as a family. Afterwards, the student missionaries gather tools, lunch, drinks, and other material for the day, and load into the van to travel to the worksite.
EY2S has selected a family that gives with both hands to further the gospel and has nothing else to give to their own needs. Missionaries learn how to use power tools, paint, yard work, build decks, porches, replace doors and windows, fix walls and other various projects. During the course of the week, the student missionaries also participate in prayer walks, community fellowship, and learn how to interact in the inner city.
Drop Your Tool Belt is a term that is very important to EY2S. Finishing a deck or painting a wall is important, we teach the missionaries that whenever there is the
opportunity to share the gospel, that is the most important part of our mission.
We encourage youth to be intentional about building relationships with one another. In addition, youth from the
community visits our site and we encourage youth to reach out and build new relationships.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Young Terrace Recreation Center, located in Norfolk, offers missionaries the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through interactive actives that include: music, games, arts and crafts, snacks and biblical story time. Student missionaries have the opportunity to use their spiritual gifts to bless 55 to 60 youth from the local community. Parents from the community have said they look forward to their children interacting with the missionaries.
This activity allows youth the opportunity to share and seek guidance around their personal struggles, in issues of school, youth group, church, and life in general. Boys and girls are intentionally separated for this activity to encourage honesty and transparency in a safe space.
2 PETER 1:3
Bible study is a time for each of the missionaries to explore the Word of God and reconnect with God together. We explore biblical truths and lead young missionaries through relevant topics that affect their lives, youth groups, and schools.
REFLECTION CEREMONY - EPHESIANS 5:1
Reflection on what God is doing in and through our lives is vital. This part of the trip gives youth an opportunity to share what they have seen in the lives of others. Students are to observe each other Throughout the day, select a specific person that stood out by living a Christ-like characteristic and then publically encourage the person, saying: “I saw Christ in you today when you displayed (joy, humility, compassion).”
Day 6 - After a great week of missions, missionaries are given an opportunity to unwind and spend time together. Each team is given and the opportunity to choose an activity and explore the beauty of Virginia.
It is always hard to say goodbye, however, we hope that EY2S has impacted your youth; helping them realize the importance of missions and how to practically live the gospel.