Seven years ago Next Step Ministries had the unique privilege of coming alongside Journey Church in Joplin to partner together in recovery work after a tornado destroyed the town. Through the years, hundreds of mission trip students and summer staff have had the special opportunity to serve with Journey Church and other amazing organizations to help rebuild the community. Their faith and resilience in the aftermath of the tornado was inspiring. Immediately after the disaster, the people of Joplin were strong and had such a deep desire to be united as a community to rebuild.

Blackhawk Church has been partnering with Next Step Ministries for close to 10 years. Next Step Ministries is committed to building long term relationships with each community they are in. This helps the overall mission to help students grow closer to Christ through a life-changing, one week mission trip. This is Blackhawk’s second year working with Next Step in Joplin, Missouri. The past few years have focused on restoring community centers, homeless shelters and student ministry buildings.