U.M. ARMY-Rio TX is a place where youth grow into leaders.  It is our mission to provide Christ-centered missions that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth and young adults.  The youth that work during our mission weeks return home more confident in themselves, in their relationship with Christ, become more active in their churches, and are better able to problem solve because they have served their “neighbors.”  Our mission weeks truly grow all participants, giving them the opportunity to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world.

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U.M. ARMY High School missions begin on a Sunday afternoon with church groups meeting one another as they unload their tools and settle in at our host church.  Work teams are then identified and youth begin to get to know each other through ice breakers and base site rotations (kitchen, sanctuary, etc.).  Monday through Friday the teams work on pre-sited homes throughout the community we are serving making repairs as needed.  Repairs can include, but are not limited to:  scraping and painting, building wheelchair ramps, porches and steps, replacing doors, screens and windows, as well as minor roof and porch repairs.  We begin and end each day with worship and the work teams are encouraged to invite their homeowners to join them for lunch devotions (lunch is eaten at the job site).  Homeowners are also invited to a “Community Dinner” held on Thursday at the host church.  Our host communities provide a wonderful backdrop for our mission weeks where we always experience fun activities led by our program team throughout the week.  U.M. ARMY is unique in its ability to provide the students (grades 9-12) with the tools and teaching they need to not only complete their job site tasks; but encourage them in identifying and helping with any additional needs of the homeowner.

 

 

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U.M. ARMY BASIC missions are designed with middle school students (grades 6-8) in mind.  Our work days begin and end early so that there is plenty of time for the youth to complete their projects as well as participate in organized fun in the afternoons and evenings.  We work really hard to fuse mission work camp and church camp for a unique camp experience.  Camps begin on Sunday evenings and run through mid-day Thursdays.  The youth are assigned work teams and complete service projects at churches and non-profit organizations.  Work can include, but is not limited to, building wheelchair ramps, scraping and painting, as well as other minor construction, cleaning and organizing, and yard work.  Upon returning back to the host church after working on job sites,  youth are given opportunities to craft, swim, cook,  and play silly games.  We begin and end each day with worship encouraging all participants to identify and celebrate each other’s random acts of kindness. Believing Affirming Serving IChrist is what BASIC is all about!

 

 

13327644_1114257851965883_3324563272079757590_nHomefront Missions are designed for those who have completed their first year out of high school.  These mission weeks begin on Sunday afternoons with students meeting each other as they unload their tools and set up at our host church.  Work teams are then identified and youth begin to get to know each other through ice breakers and base camp rotations.  Monday through Friday the teams work on pre-sited homes throughout the community we are serving making repairs as needed.  Repairs can include, but are not limited to, scraping and painting, building wheelchair ramps, porches and steps, replacing doors, screens and windows, as well as minor roof and porch repairs.   We begin and end each day with worship and the teams are encouraged to invite their homeowners to join them on site for lunch devotions as well as to dinner at our host church on Community Night.  Our host communities provide a wonderful backdrop for our mission weeks and we always experience fun activities led by our program team throughout the week.  U.M. ARMY is unique in its ability to provide the students with the tools and teaching they need to not only complete their sites; but to encourage them to identify and help with any additional needs of the homeowners.

 

Visit our Mission Season page for our upcoming dates.