Serving in the U.S.
Many people embrace the opportunity to travel to a developing country and provide help and hope to the materially poor who are living there. Others question why we don’t serve the materially poor in our own country. You might be surprised to learn that we do! There is a large community in Baltimore where poverty is prevalent and the need is tremendous. Forward Edge has developed a partnership with The Transformation Center—a holistic community center that focuses on alleviating material, emotional, and spiritual poverty in Baltimore’s most marginalized communities.
The Transformation Center
The location of the Transformation Center is key to its ministry functions. Located in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood, the primary ministries of the center vary widely from feeding and clothing programs, Celebrate Recovery meetings, and after-school sports and bible clubs for children. The center also hosts church every Sunday and has just opened a counseling center. They seek to reach the lost and hurting in their community and we are honored to join them in this endeavor.
We are mobilizing teams to this location year-round, and the opportunities are endless.
Serving opportunities for teams in Baltimore include:
- Building projects around the center and neighborhood
- Outreach and/or sporting camps
- Homeless ministry
- Feeding programs
- Street prayer teams
- Serving in the counseling center or at Celebrate Recovery meetings
- Helping at Lily’s place (a clothing store and community for the homeless)
Also included in the trip is a fun, historical excursion day at the old Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Teams stay at the Transformation Center, which provides cots, bathrooms, showers, and a big kitchen for team members to prepare their meals.
Youth Teams to Baltimore
Baltimore is an ideal location for youth teams to serve in because it exposes students to different aspects of poverty (material, emotional, and spiritual) and real-life difficult situations happening in America. This trip ignites a heart of servanthood and hunger within our teams to help families living in poverty, not in some remote international location, but right here in our own country. Recent youth teams have come back with impactful stories of salvation among their students and in the people they served.
We hope this blog has provided you with a clearer picture of what it looks like to serve in Baltimore. We’re grateful for the past, current, and future teams investing in this community!