RURAL
MISSION TRIP

$599

HOW WE SERVE

Once a gold rush boomtown, Fairbanks is now considered the “Golden Heart of Alaska”; the last true frontier. Here, your students will work to combat homelessness and be a part of spiritual healing to the community through construction and social initiatives.

DATES AVAILABLE

June 6 - 12

June 13 - 19

June 20 - 26

June 27 - July 3*

July 4 - 11

July 11 - 17

July 18 - 24

July 25 - 31

August 1 - 7

* Saturday through Friday trip

THE MISSION IN
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA

Alaska is the largest state in the U.S.A in land area at 663,268 square miles, which is over twice the size of Texas, the next largest state. Alaska is known for its breathtaking, natural beauty, but that’s not all it’s known for. If you decide to partner with the greater Fairbanks community you will quickly notice that the partnerships are just as breathtaking as the landscape.

Since 2009, Next Step has strategically aligned itself with organizations in Fairbanks that are committed to sharing God’s love by combating homelessness and being a part of spiritual healing. It’s also where the 3 founders of Next Step Ministries were first commissioned by locals Will & Yvonne Mayo from Vine Ministries to go out and continue God’s good work through missions. It was through much prayer and God’s work through Will and Yvonne that we decided to create Next Step Ministries.

Will Mayo is a former Native American Chief of the Athabaskans, one of the oldest and original inhabitants of the interior of Alaska. If you decide to serve here, you will be able to meet and work alongside of Will and his wife, Yvonne Mayo, at Vine. Vine Alaska’s goal is to see leaders raised up to minister in each village of Alaska. With this in mind, they have a Fellowship that meets every Sunday where they passionately teach and equip the body of Christ to love as Christ calls us to. They work hard to make sure village leaders of the Christian faith have a place at the Vine to visit and be spiritually refreshed. At the Vine, you will have a chance to see first-hand where it all started. Working alongside of Will and Yvonne, your team will continue to support the building of the spiritual retreat center, work to split and distribute wood as a means for survival in the area, as well as soak in the amazing relational and spiritual opportunities with Will and Yvonne.

Along with working in the rural setting of Alaska, we have also integrated into the heart of the city of Fairbanks through urban ministries as well. All of our partnerships combine a unique balance of practical physical support, such as construction and repair, along with highly valued relational involvement with members of these communities. So whether you’re building rural camp cabins with Wil and Yvonne, or renovating inner-city facilities for Youth Advocates, students will have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference. 

During your free day, students will travel up to Denali National Park to explore one of the most beautiful preserves in the county. You can take an exciting white water rafting trip down the Nenana River or jump in a helicopter for a ride to the massive Yanert Icefield and land on an actual glacier! Nowhere else can your students experience this type of adventure!

Join Next Step in Fairbanks, Alaska this summer and let you journey begin!

PARTNERSHIPS

THE VINE

Youth Outreach

Vine Alaska’s goal is to see leaders raised up to minister throughout Alaska. With the help of mission teams, creating a space for spiritual healing, education and inspiration to go back into the villages becomes possible. At Vine, you will learn carpentry specific to the Alaskan countryside, grow in your relationship with Christ, and learn a great deal about Alaska from a native perspective.

THE DOOR

Youth Shelter

Fairbanks Youth Advocates and the Door, which is a 24-7 shelter for homeless youth aged 12-18, provides a safe place to sleep, nutritious home cooked meals, clothing, supplies, and connections to community resources to help youth find stability. Serving here, you will have the opportunity to  renovate their shelter facilities and help create a environment that is both imaginative and creative.

CAMP LI WA

Youth Camp

Over the years, our partnerships have expanded to supporting a second camp and retreat center: Camp LiWa. This ministry is focused mainly on Alaskan youth and integrating God’s Word within the beauty of his creation. Here, there are opportunities to help with repair work and construction on facilities in need of renovation in the camp.

LOVE INC

Community Resources

Next Step is partnering with Love Inc., and Susan Davis in their efforts to build a large warehouse. This warehouse holds mattresses, furniture and many household items that can be donated to those in need. Projects may also include but are not limited to roofing, framing, drywalling, siding and painting  homes in the community.

SITE PHOTOS

YOUR EXPERIENCE

WORSHIP

We’ve been told our worship experience is where summer camp meets mission trip. At Next Step, your students will create unforgettable memories and friendships while worshipping and growing together in their understanding of who Jesus is. Each evening will include great bands, challenging speakers and a powerful video series created and filmed exclusively for your mission trip.

CONSTRUCTION

Have you ever gone on a mission trip and been disappointed by the work projects? You’re left wondering— isn’t there something more we could have done? At Next Step, we have partnered with local community leaders to ensure that the projects are meaningful and alleviate vital building needs. Your students will work on projects such as full home builds, home additions, drywall, siding, flooring, wheelchair ramps, and more.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Do you ever wonder if your short-term mission trip really made a difference? At Next Step, students serve alongside local community members, churches and nonprofits, as we meet the needs of the community together. With our full-time staff living in the communities we partner with, and projects being selected by the community, you will be part of a movement in responsible short-term missions.

LOGISTICS

The trip is hosted at Door of Hope church in the heart of Fairbanks, Alaska. Guys and girls will be separated into different classes and space in the dining hall. All that is needed is an air mattress and bedding! Keep in mind it can be cooler this time of year, and in the facility. We will use the shower facilities at a local high school, which is just a short drive from the church. Please note the showers are community style and there are no individual shower stalls. Please encourage your team members to bring swimsuits if they feel more comfortable..
Van Accessible (Not Bus Accessible)

Many groups prefer to fly to Fairbanks and rent vehicles upon arrival. If you choose to fly, please plan to fly into the Fairbanks International Airport (FIA). The airport is just 15 minutes away from where we stay.  Vehicles with four-wheel drive are recommended.

Twin Size Air Mattress
Bedding & Pillow
Water Bottle
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Insect Repellent
Towel
Toiletries
Swim Suit
Work Shoes
Work Clothes
Casual Clothes
Eye mask
Work Gloves
Safety Glasses
Hammer
SUNDAY (ARRIVAL DAY)
3:00-5:00 pm – Arrive to Mission Location
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship & Weekly Orientation
8:30 pm – Church Time, Small groups, Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out

MONDAY – THURSDAY (WORK DAYS)
7:00 am – Wake Up
7:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
8:00 am – Morning Devotional
8:15 am – Depart for Worksite & Begin Working
12:00 pm – Lunch & Devotion
1:00 pm – Resume Working
3:30 pm – Clean Up/Return
4:00 pm – Free time/Showers/Leader Meeting
6:00pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship
8:30 – Church Time/Small Groups/Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out

FRIDAY (COMMUNITY / FUN DAY)
8:00 am – Wake Up
8:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
9:00 am – Morning Devotion
9:15 am – Leave for Free Day Activity!
4:00 pm  – Shower Time/Free Time/Leader Meeting
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship
8:30 pm – Church Time/Small Groups/Free time
11:00 pm – Lights Out

FAQS

When should I register for my trip?

Registration opens in July and will be available through early spring. To get your preferred dates, locations, and spaces, it is recommended to secure your spots sometime before October.

What is the min or max people per group?

For summer mission trips you must have a minimum of five participants to be eligible for a group. If you have less than five participants on your team, please contact our office. The maximum number of people will depend on location capacity and availability.

What is the adult to student ratio required?

Next Step Ministries asks each group to bring 1 adult for every 6 students.

Are background checks required?

Yes. Each church group is responsible for conducting background checks on each participant 18 years of age or older.

When will we find out what our work are?

Your group will learn about the work projects on the first night of your trip! Our staff will contact you 1-2 weeks prior to the trip to share updates and provide an adjusted tool list.

How are the trips staffed?

A Next Step Partnership Coordinator facilitates community partnerships, lines up projects, leads the summer staff, and coordinates other logistics such as lodging and accommodations. The trip itself will be facilitated by 8-12 energetic, mission-minded, and highly trained college interns. The site staff will include a construction team, worship team, speaker, meal coordinators, and administrative leaders to guide you through the week.

What if the trip I’m considering is already full?

Each location has a different max capacity, so please contact our office to learn more about spaces available. In the event we are fully booked for the trip you are interested in, we can put you on a wait list or help find alternative trip options. To avoid these delays, we recommend registering for your trip as soon as you can!

What is the payment schedule?

Payment for a Next Step Ministries mission trip is separated into a deposit and two scheduled payments:

  • Deposit - 0 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit per spot reserved due within 30 days of your trip registration date
  • March 15th Payment – 50% of remaining balance of trip cost due
  • May 15th Payment – 100% of remaining total balance of trip cost due

Is Next Step affiliated with a denomination?

No, we do not affiliate with a particular denomination. Next Step Ministries is an interdenominational organization and we partner with hundreds of churches from all different denominations on our mission trips. Please see our Statement of Faith to learn more about what we believe. In simple terms, we stick to the basics of the Gospel. Our foundation for ministry is to provide opportunities for students to connect and grow in a personal relationship with Christ.

How are the work projects selected?

Next Step Ministries works alongside community leaders, non-profit organizations, and the local church in order to set up work projects. Full-time Next Step Staff called Partnership Coordinators live and serve within the community year round and are well connected. Next Step collaborates with the community to plan the projects you will be working on in advance.

Will our group be paired with other groups?

You will most likely be attending a trip with 2-4 other youth groups. All groups will share sleeping quarters and we will have meals and worship together as a large group. Many of our mission site locations can accommodate for 80-100 volunteers each week. For work projects, we love to mix students, but also understand many groups prefer to stick together. Please let us know your preference and we will plan accordingly!

Is the mission trip safe?

Yes. Next Step Ministries exists to give middle school, high school, and college students an opportunity to explore their faith, experience God, and extend service to others on a mission trip. Students are our top priority and safety is always our primary concern. Thankfully, because of our long-term commitment and involvement within the community, we have developed many close relationships with local families and organizations. The community is familiar with Next Step and we’ve worked hard to humbly earn their trust and respect. Because of these close friendships we are the first to know if something out of the ordinary comes up or is unsafe.

WANT MORE INFORMATION?

Day or night, Next Step Ministries is happy to hear from you. Whether you have a question, comment or concern, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. As an additional resource, feel free to download this brochure for all your mission trip information in one place.

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