Summer is the season for faith-based mission work.
Adults and teens representing many congregations collaborate on projects that take them across America and around the world to help others. For the participants of Raleigh Youth Mission, the year-round focus is on coming together to immerse themselves in volunteer work in the capital city.
I would say that many folks who grow up as Christians know they should love their neighbors as themselves, said Bill Buchanan, co-founder and executive director of Raleigh Youth Mission, or RYM. What we are doing at RYM is giving them opportunities to get to know some of their neighbors here in Raleigh who are going unnoticed and neglected.
The group was founded in 2013 by Buchanan and his late wife, Aimee, both Christian educators and ordained ministers with the Presbyterian Church USA. RYM grew from Asheville Youth Mission, and a chapter has also been added in Memphis, Tennessee.
Groups come for week-long stays in the summer and during spring break, or weekend sessions year-round, to immerse themselves in service with a number of community partners.
We are not just an organization that drops in for a few sessions each summer and then goes away, ...