Raytown Missouri

Pioneer Crossroads Adventure

Home Repair / Relational Ministry

The Adventure

The exciting metropolis of Kansas City—home of baseball’s Kansas City Royals—is right next door…

…but Raytown—is really just a small, close-knit town!

Raytown began as a stop on the Santa Fe trail—the final place for settlers and adventurers headed west to stock up on supplies. Around 1848 William Ray opened a blacksmith shop at a crossroads—where the Santa Fe intersected with other important trails—and people soon began to refer to the area as “Ray’s Town.”

Today Raytown is an exciting place, unique in the fact that all segments of the community—government, businesses, service clubs, churches, and schools—work together to improve the lives of their neighbors. In fact, the adventure week is a true partnership, with all these groups looking forward to welcoming you. There is true need here—where two school students out of three qualify for free or reduced lunches. So, whether you are providing much-needed home repairs for an elderly couple, or taking part in an essential community service project, you’ll be part of a huge, community-wide effort to truly change lives!

Serve Christ in Raytown next summer—and you’ll experience a welcome you just won’t find anywhere else!

Taste the Place: Kansas City is famous for its favorite food—barbecue! But why settle for just a nibble? Go whole hog! Several places all claim to have the best recipe—and you’ll get a chance to try ‘em all and choose your favorite! Bet you never knew how delicious serving others could be!

All work and no fun just wouldn’t be right: So, plan to check out Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun—just a few miles away!

The Service

A well-loved local church here has been a beacon of hope and a respected community leader for decades. On this Adventure you’ll join them, service clubs, and even the Mayor’s office in projects to build up the community. Perhaps you’ll:

  • Welcome a newly-arrived immigrant family by helping them with needed home repairs
  • Warm the heart of a lonely elderly person by painting their home or cleaning their yard
  • Showing God’s love to a needy single mom by serving her kids at a food bank or special event

Whatever your work here, you will change lives. And while you are busily changing the lives of others, your love for Christ will be changing yours!

The Faq

Far from it! We created the concept of workcamp mission trips way back in 1977. Since then we’ve served hundreds of thousands of participants. 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.

No. We are the original, genuine Group mission experience, a part of Group Publishing of Loveland, Colorado, for over 40 years. Others may use a similar name, but they’re not connected to us. You may rely on Group’s Lifetree Adventures for a worry-free experience, thorough and professional preparations by our highly experienced staff, spiritual growth experiences created by Group’s experts, meaningful work projects, an emphasis on safety, and the stability and security of a large established organization.

Anyone with a heart to serve others and a desire to grow closer to God is welcome to join us on a Lifetree Adventure. We welcome a blend of individuals and groups. Our domestic mission trips are designed with teenagers and youth groups in mind. Participants who are at least 14 years old or entering 9th grade in the fall of 2019 are welcome at our (Senior High) Advanced Home Repair Adventures, while all other Adventures are open to both Senior and Junior High (at least 12 years old or entering 7th grade in fall 2019). Our international experiences include a wider variety of ages, groups, and backgrounds. Your mission adventure concierge can give you more details.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Adventure Concierge is available to answer all mission trip-related questions and is waiting to hear from you. Call 800-385-4545 ext. 4166 or chat online.

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.

The Next Steps

  1. Build the excitement

    Have the conversations to get approval from leaders and key decision makers.

  2. Build your team

    Spread the word and assemble a list of who might be on your team.

  3. Answer these questions

    • Have you considered a budget with travel costs, registration fees, and emergency fund?
    • Have you received firm commitments from a core number of people?
    • What is most exciting to you and others about this trip?
  4. Reserve Your spaces

    Register for your trip by calling our friendly staff at 800-385-4545 ext. 4166, or by registering on this website.

Planning Resources

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Phone Meeting

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