Here are some creative ideas for churches and individuals who want to invest in the loves of young people going on Nehemiah Teams for the summer.
Commissioning Service. The Sunday before your young people leave for missions pray over them as a church give each participant a remembrance such as a bracelet or a bookmark to remind them that they are being supported in prayer by their church family.
First Aid Kits. Support the young people of your association that are going on mission by preparing a First Aid Kit for each team. Have each Sunday School class donate an item or two and you will quickly have everything you need to make the kit! This act of kindness may not cost much but it demonstrates that you care about the teams and want to invest in their lives.
Toiletry Bags. Prepare small bags with soap, shampoo & conditioner, and a face towel for each participant going from your church. This will minimize their need for pocket money and be a blessing to them on the field.
Prayerchain. Ask everyone in the church to commit to praying for the young people at different times of the day. The goal is to make a chain of prayer that fills the day. The teams will surely be blessed and strengthened by such faithful prayer!
Listen to their Stories. When the young people return ask them about their summer. Listen to their stories and prayer with them for God’s continued work in the area.