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BALTIMORE

Serving in the U.S.

Many people love the opportunity to travel to another country and provide help and hope to the materially poor in another culture. Others feel called to serve the materially poor at home here in the United States.

Baltimore, MD ranks statistically high among U.S. cities in issues of child poverty, drug use, violence, gang activity, sex trafficking, and teen pregnancy.

Forward Edge has developed a partnership with The Transformation Center—a holistic community center that focuses on alleviating material, emotional, and spiritual poverty in one of Baltimore’s most marginalized communities.

 

MEET OUR BALTIMORE DIRECTORS

Mission Trips to Baltimore

Support a vibrant, inner-city ministry reaching out to impoverished children, families and the homeless.

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An unparalleled missions experience for students.

Baltimore is the perfect location for middle and high school students because it exposes them to poverty and real-life difficult situations happening right here in America, and doesn’t require a passport, vaccinations or long flights.

This trip ignites a heart of servanthood and hunger within our teams to help fellow Americans living in poverty. Recent youth teams have come back with meaningful stories of salvation among their students and in the people they served.

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Pastor Brian and Carol Zimmerman

Partners in Baltimore

Pastor Brian Zimmerman and his wife Carol had a dream of birthing a ministry that would spread throughout Baltimore and would include starting a school, building a state-of-the-art athletic complex, a residential treatment center, and anything else that could be used as a tool for reaching more lives for Christ!

Statistics reveal a grim reality within the city. Baltimore ranks high among U.S. cities for issues such as drug use, child poverty, violence and gang activity, sex trafficking and teen pregnancy. Many youth suffer a sense of hopelessness, despair and lack of purpose. Baltimore is a city in great need.

The Transformation Center in the heart of Baltimore offers programs that meet these pressing needs. It serves the hungry, those stuck in the cycle of poverty, addiction, surviving with educational deficiencies, and living without a spiritual compass. The Transformation Center is committed to making a lasting difference in the local community and beyond.

Trip Details

Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Baltimore. Total trip cost for each team member is $725.

IMPORTANT DATES

90 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

  • $200 per person Non-Refundable Deposit
  • Registration
  • Liability & Medical Release Forms Due

30 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

  • $525 per person Trip Fee Balance Due

Trip Fee Includes:

  • Meals, lodging, ground transportation, and some project materials
  • Secondary Medical Insurance
  • Trained Forward Edge Facilitator
  • Team Packs: T-shirt, team manual, devotional, etc.
  • Complete trip coordination provided by Forward Edge

Trip Fee Doesn’t Include: 

  • Airfare and luggage fees
  • Project fees if needed

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.

  • Building projects around the center and neighborhood
  • Bible clubs and sports 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. 

Forward Edge will work directly with your group leader to match the gifts and desires of your team to the projects and needs that have been identified ahead of your arrival. Each day your team will experience a morning devotional, an evening debrief, and relationship building opportunities through serving the local people.

Teams will stay in the Mission House located next to the Transformation Center. Bunk beds and cots are available; team members are asked to bring their own bedding. The team will also prepare their own meals at the Mission House in the fully-equipped kitchen.

All ground transportation on location is included in your trip fee.

IMMUNIZATIONS: Forward Edge strongly recommends that each team member has a current tetanus shot. Please consult a personal physician for any other recommendations.

TEAM PACKS: Once team member registration is complete, Forward Edge will send individualized team packs including a Forward Edge t-shirt, Team Member Manual, and other helpful information.

Sheri Stanley

Senior Mobilization Officer
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Team Coordinator

Hi! I’m Sheri, the Baltimore Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Baltimore!

If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams.

Contact us today to start planning your mission team to Baltimore!