Urban Work Camp

Our Vision Statement...

I showed you in all things that you should work as I did and help the wounded among you. I have taught you to remember the words of Jesus, who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Youth at Urban Work Camp:

For the last 10 summers, our church opens the south wing of our building to groups of young people who travel in from around the country and Canada to learn more about the practice of urban ministry. Many groups come from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Iowa.

Groups always begin with Pastor Lee taking them out to breakfast on the first Saturday they arrive, explaining their itinerary and the history of the Micah Ministry. On Sunday, young people and their adult sponsors attend Sunday worship with the congregation -- way up in the glorious balcony of the main sanctuary. Church members are always delighted to have them here.

When not working at IBCC, young people travel out to other ministry sites around the city to be of use. While here, in their free time, they visit the Plaza, the 18th & Vine and new Power & Light districts; the Kansas City Museum (once home to notable IBCC founding Elder, Robert Long); the Negro Baseball Museum, The Sprint Center and Worlds of Fun.

Urban Work groups are typically of middle school or high school age and stay for terms of either 3 or 5 nights and days, bunking in classrooms, preparing their own meals in a nearby kitchen; working around the church (painting, cleaning up, doing lawn work) and helping to prepare for the clothing and cooking portions of the Micah Ministry on Monday evenings. They serve at the table on Micah Mondays. Young people learn about the many ethnic/racial populations of brothers and sisters living in proximity to the church and the history of the Northeast area itself and the church's history.

Several young people have decided to enter ministry after participation in the Urban Work Camps. Several out-of-state groups continue to raise funds and collect clothing for the Micah Ministry.

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