“Old Southside” Indianapolis Mission Trip

By Lexi Myer

Almost four years ago, my husband and I heard a call to do something greater with our lives. While we knew that someday we would transition into a ministry position, we had no idea how soon that would happen or how much it would change our lives. Matt took his first ministry job at Northwest Missouri State University where he faithfully led and served for two years. After learning how to effectively run a ministry on the college campus, we were sent out to look for positions where we could impact the college campus for the Gospel.

In the summer of 2016, Matt took a job as the campus minister of KU Campus Christians in Lawrence, KS. As a lifelong Jayhawk fan, this seemed like a dream come true for me. We have faced many challenges in our first two years of campus ministry at KU, but we have seen tremendous growth and changes happening in our lives as well as the lives of students around us. God is truly working in the city of Lawrence.

As a growing ministry, we felt like it was important to take a trip to somewhere else in the country where we could serve alongside one another. We were presented with an opportunity to go to Indianapolis, IN to work with the “Impact Old Southside” project by Mount Pleasant Christian Church. This trip would give us a chance to build a park, help renovate a building, and show some love to the people in the “Old Southside”.

Indianapolis Mission TripWe took a group of 11 students (plus my family of four) and partnered with our former ministry at Northwest Missouri State who brought 14 students. My primary job was to do all of the shopping and food preparation on the trip while wrangling my two wonderful, but small children. Katelyn did an awesome job of not only helping me with food prep, but also working hard in the park that we were creating. I would not have been able to do all of the preparation on my own, and I am so thankful for Matt, Katelyn, and other students that stepped up when I needed them to. Our students worked hard to tear out walls, break stone, pour mulch, and even do some first aid. By the end of the week, a pocket park was built, significant remodeling work had been done on the building that will be their Impact Center (a building that will be a place to hang out and hold church services), landscaping was touched up, trash was picked up, and countless other projects around Indianapolis were completed.

The best part of the trip for me was seeing the joy that the students had in serving together. I am so thankful that my children get to grow up in a place where they can be surrounded by loving college students who faithfully give their lives to grow and serve. There is a reason we call ourselves the “KUCC Fam”. This group of people has truly become a family.

We are excited to go back to see how we can continue supporting the Impact Old Southside group in the future.

Lexi MyerAbout Lexi Myer

St. Louis Cardinals fan, Mom of one daughter and one son, and Insurance Agent!
Direct Phone – 913-754-3836

Lexi started at MAX in June of 2016, and has 3 years of experience in the insurance industry. Lexi enjoys spending time with her husband, two children under two, and Chihuahua/Beagle mix Ted. Lexi and her family are big St. Louis Cardinals baseball fans and travel to see them whenever they can. She also works with students of the University of Kansas (KU) as her husband is a campus pastor there.