St. Louis has a deep history that runs through its veins like the Mississippi along its banks. From Native Americans to modern art, St. Louis has stories to tell. It has gently blended city life with that of serene natural spaces, just as it draws together its past and its future.
Wonder Voyage will guide you to the very heart of this vibrant city – its people. There is much toil and adversity surrounding so many, yet their resilient spirits inspire. Tokens of these unbreakable people are dotted throughout the city through architectural structures, non-profit organizations, natural parks, and more. Everyone here lends their hand to leave a mark. You will have the chance to do just that as you serve, explore, pray, and wander on a mission trip or pilgrimage to St. Louis. Register for you voyage today!
- Meet and pray for the safety of your brothers and sisters in Christ who live nearby in Ferguson.
- Engage in community with fellow Christians in a historical church.
- Listen for God's voice while wandering through the serenity of nature.
- Travel back in time to a Native American city that existed over 1,000 years ago.
- Find your inner animal while exploring the St. Louis zoo.
- Delve into the wonders of Forest Park.
- Serve wholeheartedly in a shelter for abused women.
- Volunteer for a food organization that helps those with life-threatening diseases.
- Use your hands to do God's work in a local housing program.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- DAY 1 – ST. LOUIS, HERE WE COME
As you descend upon St. Louis, you might wonder: what surprises are in store this week? We have a special meal for you with some hometown guests this evening to help you understand the history and dynamics of a city that was considered the Gateway to the West. We believe this city, and the people and places you experience, will be a gateway to revelation and adventure. Oh St. Louis, here we come!
- DAY 2 – A SAFE HOME
One of the cool things about the body of Christ and the Anglican Communion is that we have a safe home almost anywhere we go in the world. Our service time today will be at a shelter for senior women who do not have a support system to keep themselves safe, fed and loved. You’ll both interact with the ladies and help out with much needed maintenance around the home. A few blocks away we will visit an extraordinary historic church. A local will share some thoughts on the racial tension in nearby Ferguson and educate us on how the church is dealing with the crisis.
- DAY 3 – A VIEW FROM ABOVE
Today we will look at the food issues that plague many of America’s cities. We will get practical by volunteering at a local organization that provides nutritional support for men, women and children living with cancer or HIV/AIDS. We have a special treat after dinner as we ascend the Gateway Arch to get a bird’s eye view of St. Louis.
- DAY 4 – A HEALING TOUCH
Today we will work with a transitional housing program for battered and abused women and children. We will offer our healing hands as we help them with important projects around the house. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the St. Louis Zoo, a fantastic place to relax and laugh. This evening there will be a lot of deep conversation on what has happened this week.
- DAY 5 – EARTH DANCE
Our final full day in St. Louis will be split between serving in the community garden and exploring the many delights of Forest Park. We’ll give you a bit of free time then have a delicious Celebration Dinner at one of St. Louis fun restaurants. Tonight we Pass the Candle as we speak in to each other’s lives and share the stories we’ve collected throughout the week.
- DAY 6 – GATEWAY GOODBYES
After we pack up this morning we’ll spend a couple of hours at a very special organization and then eat a delicious lunch before we hit the road. We had an amazing week as we served as the hearts and hands of Jesus. May we all leave St. Louis with a greater view of the Gateway God holds open for anyone who will lean into the Spirit.
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.