First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D. C. is located on 16th and O Streets in the heart of Washington—a mile north of the White House, at the half-way point between Dupont and Logan Circles. ** MissionBASE: DC is wheelchair accessible
Martha’s Table is a Washington D.C. nonprofit organization that has been increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports for over 35 years. In 2015 alone, Martha’s Table served over 1,000,000 meals, distributed free clothing and housewares to over 10,000 neighbors in need, and provided education to over 200 children and older youth. Our MissionBASE: DC church groups will have the opportunity to serve alongside Martha’s Table helping with their Joyful Markets, food preparation, and other outreach efforts. Students will engage in conversations about food security, food desserts, the health implications of systemic poverty and how we as Christ-followers can help and advocate.
-Fritz Gutwein, VP of Jubilee Housing
Being the hands & feet of Jesus
Students joining us for MissionBASE: DC will spend two mornings chopping up fresh vegetables at a local food kitchen and two morning speaking with national advocates for religious freedom and racial reconciliation. Every afternoon our MissionBASE teams will converge on an area food bank to help haul, sort, package, and distribute hundreds of pounds of food to ministries addressing the reality of food insecurity among the urban poor.
PASSPORT is committed to a sustainable model of mission work. To ensure that your week-long trip is a part of a longterm thoughtful strategy, we partner with agencies and organizations that have a proven history of meaningful impact on the community like Martha’s Table. Our MissionBASE students and chaperones will play a vital role in assisting their outreach efforts.
Simple Missional Living
MissionBASE is about community, not luxury. Your group will be working and living at First Baptist DC. You can expect:
- Air-conditioned facilities
- Participants will sleep on floors in Bible Study rooms, gym, or fellowship hall. Bring all of your own bedding (sleeping bag, sheets, pillow, inflatable mattress, air pump, etc).
- Indoor gym
- Shower/Locker room facilities
Cultural Experiences & Free Night
Your students will have the opportunity to hear from agencies and advocacy groups around the city who are working towards social and religious justice. Additionally, we offer one church group free night so that you can explore DC on your own. Located in the heart of the city, your group will take this opportunity to visit the city’s many landmarks, monuments, and other free attractions.
Reflective and Informal Worship
After a full day, you’ll attend a low-key and reflective time of worship. Bring casual come-as-you-are attire to join our team for group group discussion and stripped-down worship. Have musical youth or chaperones? Bring your guitars and tell our staff, we would love for you to share!
Increased Responsibility for Adults & Students
Our experienced MissionBASE staff serve as facilitators and guides. Adult leaders and students form teams responsible for significant portions of community life and are expected to come ready to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Church group adults will be living among their students and will be responsible for their supervision throughout the week. In order to best serve alongside our partner agencies, we ask that church groups bring adults comfortable driving and parking in the city. *Church groups are asked to bring 15-passenger vans or smaller vehicles. The communities in which we are serving have smaller streets and limited parking. This will ensure each site will have ready access to a vehicle in the event of an emergency.
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