NEJ Mission of Peace
The Northeastern Jurisdiction Council on Youth Ministry plans a ‘Mission of Peace’ to Cuba in late 2017. Youth who will be high school juniors and seniors are invited to join this diplomatic journey to witness the Holy Spirit at work and experience God’s extended family as they live as Disciples of Jesus Christ. On the Mission of Peace, youth will worship, meet other youth, and share with people who have a similar longing for peace and understanding in Cuba.
The deadline to submit an application to join the Mission of Peace is April 1, 2017. The dates of the trip are estimated to be December 28, 2017 to January 12, 2018. The cost per participant is $4,200, and includes the cost of all transportation, lodging, meals and program fees. Additionally, each participant will be asked to tell their story about the Mission of Peace to at least five churches and encourage other youth to participate in the life-changing experience of future Missions of Peace.
Each conference in the NEJ may select up to four youths to represent their conference. Participants will raise the money to support their mission trip. The Baltimore-Washington Conference Council on Youth Ministry is asking churches to encourage youth to fill out an application for the Mission of Peace. The CCYM also asks for prayerful consideration of a monetary gift to the conference’s Mission of Peace participant(s).
For additional information contact Pam Bowen, BWC Youth Ministry Coordinator, or 410-309-3427. You can also download the application for the Mission of Peace to Cuba, and follow the NEJ Mission of Peace on Facebook.
History of the Mission of Peace
Inspired by the preaching of Bishop Dale White, the Mission of Peace was brought into existence by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Council on Youth Ministry Legislative Session at Albright College, July 28-31, 1984. The Mission of Peace has traveled to Russia, China, Eastern Europe, Zimbabwe, Guyana, India, Nicaragua, Brazil, Cuba and South Africa. The council is considering adding Israel, Haiti and the Philippines, and will begin the expansive work of building new understandings of community and Shalom with the countries to be added.