Jason Torrence

When we look at photos of the Badlands and Black Hills, youth mission trips are rarely among the first things that come to mind. That’s understandable: This corner of South Dakota is often thought of more for its rugged beauty than for its need for Christian missions work. Over the years, wind and water have sculpted the soft rock, creating a textured cascade of red, brown, and gray. But this uniquely picturesque part of America is also riddled with poverty. The southern border of Badlands National Park is the northern border of the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Lakota tribe. Faced with nearly impossible economic circumstances, many of the Lakota have moved to Rapid City in search of work. And while some have found a glimmer of hope, they are still in dire need of shelter and other basic resources.

In Rapid City, many local missionaries and Christian ministries have answered the call. They have helped to paint and repair homes, and perhaps more importantly, they have worked to build relationships with adults and children alike. Our youth mission trips to Rapid City will give you the opportunity to support these Christian ministries. Grab your hammer and paint brush and join other missionaries and local believers in serving the community.

Don’t worry – you’ll get to take your own photos of the Badlands and Black Hills. On your day off, you’ll explore the same surroundings that have been a beautiful backdrop during your work. It’s a rewarding way to experience a remote part of God’s creation. And speaking of creation, how could we forget? You’ll get to check out a well-known man-made creation as well, because Mt. Rushmore is only about twenty miles outside of town!

It’s never too early to start praying about your next missions trip. Whether you get involved in Christian missions in the US, or choose to volunteer abroad, you’ve got plenty of options with Mission Discovery. Please don’t hesitate to visit our website to see the variety of Christian mission trips we have available for all ages, genders, and lengths of time. Now is the time to start planning for a mission trip with Mission Discovery.