South Carolina is known as one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Although made famous for its spring break beach destinations and southern hospitality, there are pockets of poverty tucked throughout the state.
Lexington, South Carolina is geographically located between sandy white beaches to the east, and rolling Appalachian Mountains to the west. Through incredible ministry partnerships, we have identified underserved and under-resourced families eager to work alongside the body of Christ towards the transformation possible in their community.
In 2013, Next Step was invited by a strong group of local churches and nonprofits to join in a holistic approach to ministry in the community of Belle Meade and surrounding areas. Here, families are not only struggling with physical limitations and deteriorating homes, but much emotional and spiritual darkness as well. The Nehemiah Project, Mt. Horeb UMC, LICS, EmmanuWheel, as well as the county police force, government, schools, and other local organizations are all invested. They had been invested for over five years prior to our initial arrival to the community working to build trusting relationships, assessing the needs, and creating a community vision of ‘others first, me second’.
The desire is renewal. The desire is a changed view of neighbors. The desire is trust.
The goal: that these desires lead to a visible change in the community physically, spiritually, economically, educationally, emotionally, and socially.
You will work with these families directly doing home repair and construction, both in Belle Meade and Happy Town, as well as developing relationships with organizations such as LICS and EmmanuWheel and the families they serve. We are humbled to continue investing in the vision laid out so beautifully in this community, a vision that leads to empowerment and sustainability within the families of this county.
This partnership offers a unique sense of community integration and development incorporated within your week of building relationships and working on construction projects. What we can assure you: your trip will not go to waste. Next Step is pouring into local leaders and organizations that will take the torch and continue to run after your mission trip is done. Next Step is thrilled with the long-term discipleship, follow-up and commitment from the passionate community of Lexington.