Mission Trip to Marvell, AR
June 8-14, 2019
Cost: $475. $50 Deposit due February 10th
Information about Marvell from YouthWorks:
Tucked among cotton fields along Highway 49 in eastern Arkansas is the small town of Marvell. What this town lacks in size it easily makes up for with warmhearted welcome, showing off southern hospitality at its finest. Even in Marvell, a town marked by its generosity and helpfulness, there are common themes within the struggles experienced by the people who live here. The crippling characteristics of systemic racism and inequalities of rural poverty - high unemployment, teen pregnancy, drug use, and violence rates - are prevalent in this small town. These characteristics contribute to the toxic nature of the child welfare and juvenile justice system; trapping generations of families in the cycle of teen parenthood and surrendering children to the foster care system. Familial history of neglect, abuse (in some cases), limited access to reproductive health information and services, and a lack of consistent relationships with trusting adults is a reality for many children and youth of Marvell. YouthWorks seeks to be in deep partnership with community members who are fighting against this cyclical nature of the child welfare and juvenile justice system. In Marvell, community members lead us in serving, learning, and caring for the youth and children of this town.
During the day, your group will serve the community by helping with Kids Club or assisting with work projects. In the evening, you’ll attend a local church service and enjoy a spaghetti dinner with community friends. You’ll also learn about the history of the area, the region’s influence on blues music, and the natural beauty found here through visits to the Delta Cultural Center and a nearby state park. You’ll have great opportunities to serve the community, and you’ll never forget the hospitality and love you are shown in Marvell.
Serving in Marvell
- Serve through painting, cleaning, helping with yard work or doing other simple work projects.
- Plan and lead children’s programming, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading activities.
- Students may serve at one or more of the service opportunities throughout the week.