“Sometimes loving your neighbor means getting dirty!” says Faith Church, Lafayette, Ind.

LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Teens at Faith Church got a taste of missions in their own hometown.

Every summer the church takes teens on a 10-day to two-week missions trip. Johnny Kjaer, pastor of student ministries, says, “It was our desire to take our kids on our normal summer missions trip, but as the planning began, we were convicted over the fact that we get fired up about missions in a different location. Often we do not see our own city with the same eyes that God does.”

So the teens spent 10 days on a missions trip in their own city. They picked up trash, handed out bottled water, ran a block party for an urban neighborhood, and worked on a house affiliated with the church’s Faith Community Development Corporation.

Through FCDC, Faith Church “seeks to develop faith-based resources, including affordable housing,” in order to demonstrate God’s love in Lafayette.

Kjaer says, “It was great trip and gave our kids the opportunity to do ministry right where they live. This has provided some great traction for our future ministry in our town.”