After several years of a small group of missionaries “piecing” together youth mission trips from various churches, friendship circles and communities - Coastal Mission began with a vision “Challenging all youth to serve Christ”. We utilize short-term mission trips in the sense of being a short-term rehab for their self-worth and for Christ. By going to areas affected by natural disaster and areas of extreme poverty, both within the United States and in foreign countries, we expose our youth to hardships other than their own. With these trips, our goals are to reach the needs of the people by assisting in construction, repairing homes and buildings, demolition of severely damaged buildings, and to encourage those we serve. By instilling a sense of self-discipline, self-respect, and self-sacrifice within our team, we open the way for our teens to feel and accept their “internal value” with knowledge that he/she can make a difference. This increased sense of self-worth is critical for us all, especially our youth.
Our mission has a philosophy: bring you out of your “comfort zone”. From the eyes of Coastal Missions, the greatest mission trip was when God took upon flesh leaving a much better place and stepped down on earth to walk, love, minister & encourage us. Stepping out of our “comfort zone” is essential for one’s faith and character to grow and strengthen. Coastal Missions designs trips to refine our character and we can begin by reducing our focus on our self and more on Him. With the secular world rapidly promoting a selfish mentality is why we command a “not about me” attitude.
Coastal Missions is not a church but aims to unite church interaction through the mission field. In addition, local churches are striving to spread the gospel but lack interaction. Some reasons:
- How is the leadership divided?
- Does one not have more in-put?
- Will the smaller church have to feel like the “little brother” church?
- Which church’s name goes on the forms?
In addition, a portion of churches are not carrying out mission trips not because of the passion but simply lack resources: funding, experience, group size. Coastal Mission’s experience and leadership aides in these burdens so local churches can carry-out missions as a united body of Jesus Christ together. As we stay divided, the enemy can conquer. Ecclesiastes 4:12 states “Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. ... If an enemy, or a thief, or a robber, attack anyone of them, ... as two are better than one, so three or more united together, it is the better still.” Coastal Missions is establishing partnerships among churches regardless if they have 5 or 50 missionaries, we are all level at the foot of the cross.