It is Christ’s love and compassion that compel us to bring the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven to the poor, widows, orphans, homeless, downtrodden, hungry, naked, lost, sick, lonely, forsaken, needy and broken. In doing this, we ourselves are healed.
In 1986, Jimmy and Janet Dorrell created the Poverty Simulation for a youth group whose youth pastor wanted to give them practical experience along with scriptural knowledge they could apply to their lives.
Thirty-five years later, the Poverty Simulation weekend continues to challenge adults, families and students to see the world through a different lens. Scripture and doctrine become real and alive for both students and leaders who participate in the program.
- February 19-21
- March 5-7
- April 9-11
- June 4-6
- June 25-27
- July 9-11
- July 30-August 1
- September 10-12
- October 1-3
- October 22-24
- November 5-7
The program runs from 8 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday. Please do not be late—plan for traffic!
What You Need to Know Before Arrival
There is a maximum of 30 people per weekend: 15 men and 15 women, or all men and all women. Masks and social distancing are enforced.
The cost is $75 per person—groups get one free person for every 15 people that pay.
Bring passionate sponsors. The youth only go as far as the adults go. If leaders question the rules, don’t participate fully or cheat, then your group will do the same. We also ask that you make sure participants know they are coming to a Poverty Simulation weekend — no “mystery trips!”
Leading a group? This letter is for you.
What to Bring:
- Most importantly, bring positive attitudes!
- Pack just like any other weekend trip, including a sleeping bag, pillow, towel and water bottle.
- Students under 18 need to bring a Release of Liability form signed by a parent or guardian with them. Others 18 or over will sign a Release of Liability form on site.
- Minors need to bring a Parent/Guardian Release Form.
- Adults need to bring a Regular Release Form.
Register Now for This Impactful Experience
Individuals (including Baylor Students)—complete online registration and payment through Brushfire.
Groups of 10 or more—Group Leaders can complete the Poverty Simulation Inquiry Form.
Mission Waco Mission World staff members, interns, work-study students or ministry guidance students, please complete the Poverty Simulation Inquiry Form as well. Our staff members will follow up with you to confirm the dates and the registration info.