Servant Life began a partnership in Memphis in 2016. Serving in an impoverished area of North Memphis, TN, the ministry we partner with was birthed out of a local church, Brinkley Heights Baptist Church, seeking to reclaim their community with the hope of the gospel. For the children and youth living in the communities around the church and scattered around Memphis, drugs, gangs, crime, and violence have become a way of life. Many families have been impacted by some type of abuse and the results can be seen everywhere.
Our mission partner seeks to impact these children's lives by meeting them where they are at and running Backyard Bible Clubs in their neighborhoods, where they feel most comfortable. They also strive to meet the needs of the community and love them the way that Jesus Chrst loves us.
What will my team be doing? Short-term teams are a huge part of the ministry of our Memphis mission partner, as there many communities across the city that need to see the light of the gospel. During spring break and summer, multiple teams are serving each week in order to impact multiple communities with the good news of Christ. Teams are involved in Backyard Bible Clubs as well as other service projects throughout the course of the week. Other service projects could include sports camps, relational ministry, or community service projects. A few times during the week, teams are part of a worship service together before heading into the communities again the next morning.
For a sample schedule, check this out!
What does my cost include?
• Housing (except pillow, linens, towel)
• Ministry supplies (except crafts for Bible Club)
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Pre, During, and Post-trip Devotionals
One meal is not included, as your team is given "off" Wednesday night to do a fun meal or a nicer meal on your own.
Airfare or travel to Memphis is not included in this cost, but Servant Life does offer to book all airfare reservations.
If you have more questions, don't hesitate to contact us! Be sure to check out these photos to help visualize the experience.
Many of the city's tourist attractions are landmarks associated with the great Memphis music legends, such as Graceland, Elvis Presley's home.
Memphis is known as “America's Distribution Center,” serving the northeast, southeast, and southwest regions of the country. The city has one of the country's largest inland ports and is the national headquarters for the Fed Ex air-courier company.
Memphis is also the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. It was established at the Lorraine Motel, which was also the site of the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memphis is a well-known music center and has been the home of several famous "sounds." One of the best-known places in the city is Beale Street, where W. C. Handy, the "father of the blues," wrote and played his music. It is known worldwide as the "Home of the Blues & Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll - not to mention gospel, jazz, R&B, rap and soul. Close to 20 percent of the earliest inductees (24 of the 97) in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame have come from within a 100-mile radius of Memphis.
The capital city of Tennessee is Nashville. It is roughly 3 hours away from Memphis and is home to both contemporary and past musical legends.
Servant Life makes every effort to keep our teams safe during their entire experience with us. You help us by using traveler’s common sense. Staying in groups, not flaunting or bringing expensive jewelry, watches, or electronics, being aware of your surroundings, and not leaving bags unattended are all encouraged practices.
Take along all prescription medicines needed for your trip in their original prescription container.
Official Name: Memphis, TN
Passport/Visa Requirements: None
Population: around 647,000
Time Zone: Central (CST)
Memphis, TN uses the U.S. Dollar.
Generally, Tennessee has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. However, the state's varied topography leads to a wide range of climatic conditions. The warmest parts of the state, with the longest growing season, are the Gulf Coastal Plain, the Central Basin, and the Sequatchie Valley. Memphis is warm and humid during the summers.
Teams are responsible for their own transportation in regards to getting to Memphis and during the week of ministry in Memphis.
Teams wanting to fly to Memphis can contact Servant Life for help booking airfare.
Travel is facilitated by two major Interstate highways,I-40 and I-65, that intersect at Memphis. I-240 is a highway spur that carries traffic around the city. A large volume of railroad freight traffic moves through Memphis, thanks to two Mississippi River railroad crossings. In addition, Memphis is the second busiest cargo port on the Mississippi River.
Local public transportation in the Memphis area is provided by the Memphis Area Trasit Authority.
Frequently Asked Questions
Servant Life has missions opportunities in Cuba, El Salvador, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Uganda, Kenya, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, United Kingdom, East Asia, Dominican Republic, Houston, Dallas, New York City, Memphis, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Canada.
Who Can Go
For groups serving in Memphis, it is recommended that participants be at least 10 years of age. If you have participants younger than this, please give us a call as this is something we evaluate on a case by case basis.
Servant Life trips are priced at a BASE COST PLUS AIRFARE. The base cost varies per country and can be found by clicking on the link for a trip.
Servant Life will book all airfare through our travel agency. Everyone on your team must travel together. We book group airline tickets and cannot accommodate special requests for different individual flights. Due to commitments to our missionaries to have groups there on set dates, trip dates are not flexible. Once a ticket has been purchased in your name, it must be paid for regardless of circumstances. All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
rnServant Life works with missionary partners in each country. Your team will be helping our missionary partner with various needs, and exact details may vary from trip to trip. Specific details for each missions experience can be found by clicking on the trip's link.
Once You Register
Shortly after you register, you will receive an email from the Servant Life team with forms your group needs to fill out. These forms, along with a deposit of $75 per person, are due by November 1. If you register after November 1, the forms and a deposit of $75 per person are due within 30 days of registering. A registration is not complete until we have received your deposit. Registrations cannot be held beyond 30 days if the deposit has not been received.
Will my child serve alone or as part of a team?
Your child will be part of a Servant Life team, which can be made up of groups and/or individual participants. If your child is registering alone, he or she will join the team at a domestic or international airport, and stay and work with them for the remainder of the trip.
What kind of supervision will my child have?
Servant Life teams are led by our in-country ministry partners. This partner serves as the host and leader for the team from the time they land in-country at the airport until they depart at the end of the mission experience.
How safe are these trips?
Servant Life makes every effort to keep your child safe during their entire experience with us. We visit every location before sending a group, and work with partners in the country who are familiar with the area we will be staying in and working in. We research and plan the safest places for your student to eat, stay, work and play.
Who will the teams work with?
All teams work with established Servant Life ministry partners. These are either missionaries or ministry leaders who have a history of service in the country and programs that fit with the mission of Servant Life. To read more about our ministry partners, click here.
Who do I call in case of emergency while my child is traveling?
All Servant Life participants will be given a list with emergency contact information and numbers. This list includes the contact information for Servant Life, as well as our ministry partner serving on the field with your child. If an emergency arises where you need to reach your child, please contact Servant Life first, and we will work closely with you to reach your child.
Will my child be able to call home and email while on the field?
Access to phone calls and email may be limited, and varies from location to location. As your child's trip approaches, more information will be given on phone and internet availability for that specific trip. In the event of an emergency, Servant Life will contact parents immediately. So remember that no news is good news!
We have a frequent flyer program. Can we use those miles to cover my child's ticket?
Possibly. We cannot guarantee which airline each team will use, as we are watching for competitive pricing and schedules. Please contact Servant Life if you are interested in learning more about using frequent flyer miles on a mission trip.
When should my child apply for a passport?
Your child should apply for a passport immediately after registering for a Servant Life mission trip. Passports can take up to 8 weeks to arrive. Costs related to obtaining a passport are the responsibility of the participant.
Will my child receive any training?
Servant Life will send a preparation manual filled with detailed information regarding your child's mission trip. Hands-on training will take place with the ministry partner once the team arrives at their destination.
What is not covered in my child's trip cost?
The only expenses not covered in your child's trip cost are meals in airports on travel days, any souvenirs or snacks that your child may wish to purchase while in country, and any expenses related to obtaining a passport and immunizations.
Are there scholarships available for my child?
Servant Life does not offer scholarships. If needed, we encourage participants to raise support through fundraising efforts such as church partnership and personal support letters.
For information regarding Servant Life's financial guidelines, please Click here.
Servant Life is committed to providing a quality mission experience at the lowest possible price. Our goal is not to entertain, but rather to bring the teachings of Scripture to life.
The cost of the mission experience includes in-country costs, such as:
• In-country transportation
• Supplemental Traveler's Insurance
• Sponsoring local students to attend camp
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Visa, if applicable
• Exit tax, if applicable
Costs not covered in base cost of the trip include:
• Immunization Shots
• Personal expenses while traveling and in-country, including meals in airports
• Any additional costs associated with the trip before you arrive and after you leave
Deposits of $75 per person and a copy of the front page of your passport are due November 1. If you register after November 1, a deposit of $250 per person and a copy of the front page of your passport are due within 30 days of registration.
Deposits are non-refundable.
Servant Life will secure all airline transportation through our travel agent to insure teams arrive together. Once your group is in place, let us know as soon as possible so we can secure your tickets at the lowest possible rate.
You are responsible for the payment of any purchased tickets. Once a ticket is purchased, payment for that ticket must be in our office within 5 business days.
All tickets must be secured and paid in full 60 days before departure. Payments for airfare must be made via check. We cannot accept credit card payments for airfare purchases.
Summer Missions Payments:
The first payment, which is half of the base cost, is due March 1.
The second payment, which is the balance of the trip cost, is due in the Servant Life office no later than 35 days before departure. If your final balance is not received by 35 days out, a $100 late fee may be applied.
PLEASE NOTE: All checks and money orders must be made out to SERVANT LIFE. Please mail all payments and donations to PO Box 36307, Birmingham, AL 35236.
|Date||Price (Per Person)|
|Mar 31, 2019 - Apr 05, 2019||$275.00||Urban Ministry||100||Open||Register|
|Jun 02, 2019 - Jun 07, 2019||$275.00||Urban Ministry||100||Open||Register|
|Jun 09, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019||$275.00||Urban Ministry||0||(Limited Capacity)||Contact Us|
|Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019||$275.00||Urban Ministry||100||Open||Register|
|Jun 23, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019||$275.00||Urban Ministry||0||(Limited Capacity)||Contact Us|
|Jun 30, 2019 - Jul 05, 2019||$200.00||Urban Ministry||100||Open||Register|
|Jul 07, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019||$275.00||Urban Ministry||0||(Limited Capacity)||Contact Us|
|Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019||$275.00||Urban Ministry||0||(Limited Capacity)||Contact Us|
|Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019||$275.00||Urban Ministry||50||Open||Register|