People from St. James help folks in need by regularly volunteering for short-term summer mission trips. These trips have been through a variety of organizations and have done a variety of work. We serve Christ by serving others. For more information about any of the organizations we worked with click on the highlighted names.
We have regularly partnered with Grace Evangelical United Church of Christ in Two Rivers, WI to make these trips happen. Our partnership with Grace typically has us doing work in Appalachia through the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). Preparation for each summer’s ASP trip begins in October, with the sale, construction, and distribution of Christmas wreaths. From February through June, we meet monthly to prepare ourselves for the experience that awaits us in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, or Virginia. A Week-Long Mission Trip to the Appalachian Mountains includes: The satisfaction of making a family’s home warmer, safer, and drier; the challenge of repairing roofs, installing insulation, fixing floors, shoring up foundations, building handicapped ramps, and a host of other home improvements; the enjoy of spending 8 days with men, women, college students, and other youth who are committed to service; the daily experience of worship; the knowledge that we have been a part of lifting the spirit of another family, reminding them of God’s love which knows no boundaries.
We have helped rebuild homes and clean-up in the Gulf Coast, specifically Galveston, Texas after Hurricane Ike.
Members have participated in house rehab work with Group Workcamps in a variety of communities around the nation including Blytheville, AR; Brighton, TN; Rosebud Reservation, SD; and Devil's Lake Reservation, ND
Houses have been built in the desert community of Anapra Colonia near Juarez, Mexico with the help of people from St. James. Our members worked with Gateway Missions in El Paso, TX
Working with the Center for Student Mission (CSM) we have spent time in San Fransisco, CA learning about the difficulties of urban living for low income folks and volunteering with a variety of organizations that provide assistance to this community.