This outreach project allows God to determine the place and the need.
What you will do:
This project is a great way to stir up interest in outreach, and provide a little mystery at the same time, something your teens will not soon forget. Called “Destination Unknown” because you let God determine where you actually go. The object is to take your group to a town, large or small, with the purpose of finding someone who needs a helping hand. It may be painting a house, or cleaning up a yard. Perhaps it is nothing more than spending time with an elderly person and sharing God’s love.
On strips of paper, write numbers from 20 to 200 by 10’s (20, 30, 40, 50, 60, etc.) and put them in a bag.
Then on different strips of paper, write the following directions: N, NNE, NE, ENE, E, ESE, SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW, WSW, W, WNW, NW, NNW, and place them in a different bag.
Then, when you are all together in the church parking lot, packed and ready to go, select a distance and a direction from the bags. Plot the exact location on a map, and head out.
Once there, find the nearest town. If you end up in a larger town or city, go to the sub-division or section of town that matches the coordinates. Remember, your destination is from God, and he has a purpose for your group to be there.
It may take a while to find the person or family with a need. Look around. Ask around. Perhaps the local church can help. You may get a few skeptical responses, or even rejection, but remember this is all part of it. People are not used to a bunch of teens coming into town only with the purpose of working free for the glory of God. However, once you find that divine appointment and share God’s love in a meaningful way, everyone in your group will experience spiritual growth like never before.
(Note: If you plan to do the Destination Unknown project frequently, you may want to devise you own method of selecting distance and direction, such as a spinning wheel or dart board, etc.)