Short-Term Urban Mission Experience
Albuquerque Area Details
The Albuquerque Metropolitan Area contains a population of over 900,000 people, making up nearly half of the population of the state of New Mexico. This includes communities such as Rio Rancho/Bernalillo, Moriarty/Edgewood, and Belen/Los Lunas. The population of the metropolitan area is 41% Hispanic, 5.5% Native American, and 2.5% African American. The median household income of this area of approximately $37,000. 27% of children in Albuquerque live below the poverty level. Additionally, The primary ministry location for Mission Albuquerque and the Sandia Church of the Nazarene is located within the "International District" of Albuquerque (Read this article for more history on this area). Our secondary location provides a more rural location on a 17 acre campus, formerly the home of Nazarene Indian Bible College, to spread out, regroup and prepare for the next day of ministry.
Mission Albuquerque is an outreach of the Sandia Church of the NazareneWe provide short-term mission opportunities for students and adults alike. For Decades, North Americans have sought short-term missions experiences in other countries and on other continents. Increasingly, the opportunities that America provides have led people of "all nations" to come to us. Many of those who have come to us are located in urban areas. While these urban areas are full of opportunities, they also contain rampant poverty. These urban areas are fertile ground for the love and compassion of Christ and His Church to take root.
Our approach is organized, yet flexible. When opportunities arise, we can change the itinerary to provide the best experience possible for your group. We will customize your trip to fit the current needs of the community and the needs of your group. Short-term mission trips serve an important purpose in spiritual growth - getting individuals out of their normal cultural environment and providing optimal moments for God to speak. They can be steps to another level of faith.
Student Mission Trips
The church has constantly faced the challenge of encouraging youth to stay committed to their faith into adulthood. Researchers agree that one of the most effective ways to keep our youth in the church is to engage them in mission. Another way to describe this is to make sure that our youth are "Equipped, not Entertained." Youth mission trips through Mission Albuquerque are designed to help students become more confident in their relationship with God and in the person that God has created them to be, in order to equip them for continued ministry within their own local church. We have hosted student groups ranging in size from 15 to 150 and have opportunities for compassionate ministries, Outreach and evangelism, and facility care and preparation in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. We hope that every member of your youth mission teams, including adult sponsors, goes home transformed and ready to find the mission opportunities in their own community.
Ministry projects are based on the current needs in the Albuquerque area and the timing of the mission team visit. We will work with you to customize the best project based on the size and skill level of your group - partnering with a local church or ministry. Ministry projects range from sorting and distributing food in our food bank to active street ministry and community outreach events.
Work projects will depend on the needs of our partner ministries and the age and skills of your mission team/sponsors. Work projects range from general campus clean-up to major roof repair and building projects.
Sample Schedule & Ministry Details
Arrive on Monday at Noon:
Evening Challenge Service w/Testimonies of Lives Changed through Urban Ministry
Ministry Project 9-12
Work Project 1-5
Evening Campus Outreach/Taking it to the Streets
Work Project 9-12
Ministry Project 1-5
Ministry Project 9-12
Work Project 1-5
Dinner/Free Evening (Tram Ride Excursion)
Depart or stay over for an excursion day
Thank you for your interest in Mission Albuquerque. We would love to discuss your potential mission trip. Please give us some basic information about your interest and we will contact you soon.
Peter K. Myers
Executive Director/Mission Albuquerque
Lead Pastor/Sandia Church of the Nazarene