RURAL
MISSION TRIP

$419

HOW WE SERVE

Located in far east Texas, San Augustine County has united through a vision of a community centered on Christ’s love. Next Step students are able to be an extension of the local church, helping to create meaningful relationships through home repair.

DATES AVAILABLE

June 7 - 13

June 14 - 20

June 21 - 27

June 28 - July 3*

July 5 - 11

July 12 - 18

July 19 - 25

July 26 - August 1

August 2 - 8

* Sunday through Friday trip

THE MISSION IN
SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS

In 2014, Next Step was invited to be part of a community team committed to revitalization and reconciliation within San Augustine County. This locally led team has aspirations to not only see the standard of living raised through investing in home repair and building, but also to see their community unite together. This community faces many economic and physical challenges such as broken down homes and rising poverty. But beyond the physical poverty, there is also a struggle against relational segregation.

Community leaders cannot necessarily pinpoint where the rivalry and segregation began — they just know it has surely lingered and exists today. It is the goal of the determined people of San Augustine County to unite their community through spreading neighborly love modeled after Christ. This happens through working together, talking together, and accomplishing goals together — something Next Step students get to be a part of through their assistance in home repair.

PARTNERSHIPS

COMMISSIONERS COURT

Government Programs

The San Augustine Courthouse is home to many community and government programs for the county.  The programs stretch from children to senior services and focus on providing support for both Broaddus and San Augustine.  The County has opened its doors and welcomed Next Step in as a key partner in alleviating poverty and promoting social change in the county.

LOCAL HOMEOWNERS

Local Neighbors

San Augustine County is home to wonderful homeowners who generously open their homes and are excited to connect with Next Step groups. We have the opportunity to spend time with homeowners each day on the worksite. This is an incredible way to make personal connections and form meaningful relationships with community members in San Augustine.

LOCAL CHURCHES

Church Assistance

The heartbeat of San Augustine County lies with the multiple churches that serve from within the community leadership team.  Local churches provide much of the support including student housing, project selection, family discipleship, weekly cookouts and staff support.  Churches are actively involved in the work from the cities of both Broaddus and San Augustine.

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

Partnering with two communities within San Augustine Country, Next Step will host half of the summer at White Rock Baptist Church and the other half of the summer at First Baptist Broaddus Church. In both facilities teams will sleep in classrooms on the floor, worship in the sanctuary, and enjoy meals in the fellowship hall. There are bathrooms in the facilities and a shower trailer on site with individual shower stalls. Sleeping will be on the floor so please bring a twin air mattress and bedding. All buildings are air conditioned.
This site is bus accessible, but vans are preferred. Some groups choose to fly and then rent vehicles for the week. The nearest airport is the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, TX and is a 2.5 hour drive from San Augustine.
Twin Size Air Mattress
Bedding & Pillow
Water Bottle
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Insect Repellent
Towel
Toiletries
Swim Suit
Work Shoes
Work Clothes
Casual Clothes
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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