A beautiful world of lush, green forests, pristine lakes, and people who need your help.
Michigan used to have a booming economy, flush with jobs and money from auto manufacturing. Summers in Clare County were bustling with vacationers building summer homes in droves.
When the bottom fell out of auto manufacturing, plants closed, and hundreds of other businesses who supplied the plant went under, too, sending ripples throughout the entire economy.
Now those former vacation homes—which were designed to be occupied during the warm seasons—have become year-round homes for those who can’t afford anything else. People struggle to get by in low-paying jobs, while fierce Northern winters take a frightful toll on homes…and hope.
Your hard work will help make this gorgeous place shine. Your group can make a weather-beaten home warmer, safer, and drier. You’ll bring new hope to sagging spirits, and send a message of caring that will long be remembered in Clare County!
Cool Stuff: This is the land of outdoor adventures! Try the beach at Wilson State Park—or maybe a zipline tour!
Taste the Place: Bite into a “pasty”—a shortcrust pastry packed with a deliciously satisfying mix of meat and vegetables. You’ll want to take them home with you!
This former vacationland is filled with gorgeous old homes in need of tender loving care. Depending upon your skills and interests, you may find yourself:
- Ripping out and replacing rotten siding
- Building new porches and ramps
- Performing simple home repairs for elderly folks who can no longer do it for themselves
- Providing badly needed building maintenance for a charitable community group
Whatever your job, you’ll be the answer to someone’s prayers. And as you see the world through their eyes, you’ll glimpse the love God has for us all!
The safety, security, and well-being of every participant is our number-one priority. Our team has years of experience ensuring that extra precautions are given to make every aspect of the mission trip as safe as possible. We visit each location in person several times before your Adventure, and we check each worksite for safety before you arrive.
You need to bring one adult volunteer (age 21 or older) for every 5 students (age 20 years or younger) you register. If you have both genders registered, you need to have at least one adult volunteer of each gender.
Anyone with a heart to serve others and a desire to grow closer to God is welcome to join us on a Lifetree Adventure. Our domestic mission trips are designed with teenagers and youth groups in mind, and each trip has a minimum age allowed depending on the type of projects happening at that location.
The Group team provides care to nearly all the details of your trip, including lodging, meals, project coordination and building materials/supplies during the mission experience, discipleship programming and materials, on-site support crew, and a T-shirt for every participant. The fee doesn’t include transportation or meals to and from the trip location or during your time off.
For our domestic mission trips, we use a clean, comfortable high school or middle school as our home base for the week. We sleep, eat, and do all our programming at the school. You’ll want to bring an air mattress and bedding.
You will provide your own transportation to and from your mission trip. The vehicles and drivers you bring will be used to provide daily transportation to and from the project sites.
Many of our trips give you the option to focus on home repair or relational ministry. Actively engaging in the local culture is important to us. So, you might yodel, dance, cook, craft, clog, powwow, or sing. Your mission adventure concierge will have specific details for each location.
What types of work does “home repair” entail?
Depending upon the location, need, and your skill or desire for work, you might be assigned to a variety of projects. Work ranges from challenging at Monument Valley to moderately challenging at Red Lake to moderate at Owego, Mescalero, and Lame Deer. Raytown and Monson offer moderate to simple home-repair projects as well as relational ministry opportunities.
What if I don’t have any construction skills?
Don’t worry—what really matters is your desire to work. No matter how challenging the project, if you really want to put in the effort, skilled Local Project Advisors and on-staff Troubleshooters will be available to ensure your success!
What does “relational ministry” entail?
Relational ministry could entail a variety of opportunities to interact with and meet the needs of local people. From assisting elderly residents to serving at a food bank to building trails, your work will be a valuable opportunity to connect one-on-one with people who need your help.
Very much so! Group’s Lifetree Adventures is unique in that we partner directly with local tribal leaders and agencies. We’ve enjoyed decades of solid relationships based on trust and respect. People on the reservations now count on us to come—and every resident will have specifically applied for your help.
Far from new! We are the original youth mission trip created by Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado. Now we call our mission trips for youth and adults Lifetree Adventures. For over 40 years we’ve provided worry-free mission trips with highly experienced staff, thoroughly prepared service opportunities, and rich spiritual growth experiences created by Group’s experts. Our team is led by Thom and Joani Schultz and includes several seasoned veterans with decades of experience in mission trip planning and programming. We’ve also added some innovative new updates to the mission trip experience! Our travelers rely on the stability and security of a large established organization.
The Next Steps
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Build your team
Spread the word and start recruiting your group! If you have adults in your congregation interested in chaperoning and supporting your team on the road, share our Support Roles with them. There are several ways for adults to share their gifts throughout this experience.View Support Roles
Answer these questions
- Have you considered a budget with travel costs, registration fees, and emergency funds?
- Have you received firm commitments from a core number of people?
- What is most exciting to you and others about this trip?
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