"You will be my witnesses ...to the ends of the earth."
Jesus states in the last chapter of Matthew, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” The commandment is simply stated, but the implementation of it is anything but simple. Short-term missions in the American context oftentimes does more harm than good, whereby service projects evolve into glorified vacations. We see short-term missions differently: as a launching pad for further Kingdom Work. Yes, our aim is to love and serve with whomever we interact with on our trips, but the depth and level of the impact should be equally (if not more so) felt by the one serving (not just the one being served), as God desires to use the week in a different culture to stretch and challenge and empower us to more relentlessly pursue Him and the things that are close to His heart upon returning back home.
You don’t have to look very far to see brokenness and despair. Spend one day with our kids, however, and you’ll see all the reasons we have hope. And hope is contagious.
Ace in the City does not shy away from the things that tear down and destroy. We’re engaged and empowered to address them head on. Violence, poor graduation rates, fatherlessness. These are but a few of the realities in our community of South Minneapolis.
We believe that communities are built and strengthened through authentic relationships. Of being consistent. And committed. And connected with individuals, and particularly with our youth.
Ace in the City places an intentionally asserted effort investing in our youth.
Ace | After School
Ace | After School is our school-round programming on Wednesday evenings at Powderhorn Park for students kindergarten through 8th grade. Art + Academics + Athletics = LOTS OF FUN FOR OUR KIDS.
Ace | Readers
The purpose of our Ace | Readers program is simple: to equip and empower students K-2nd grade with the reading skills necessary to succeed in the classroom and beyond as well as our parents to be complimentary literacy models in the home.
Ace | Night Owlz
In partnership with Powderhorn Park Rec Board, Night Owlz is our weekend teen program, offering positive and safe alternatives on Friday and Saturday evenings for our youth—a place where our youth are known by name, valued and encouraged every time they come through the doors
Ace | Deeper
Ace | Deeper plugs in kids within our programs and community to one of our core group Bible studies where kids are equipped and encouraged in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and empowered by the Spirit to live lives of love and purpose.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28: 19-20.”
We believe that authentic community requires collaboration. We seek to build stronger support networks inside the home and out.
We believe that authentic community empowers those within it. We seek to equip individuals to lead, learn and grow in maturity and confidence.
We believe that authentic community maintains its identity. Within the threads of our programs, we build structures and systems that celebrate uniqueness and applaud personal growth and achievement.
We believe that authentic community breaks down walls. We pursue with passion programs that combat youth and domestic violence, restore family ties, promote excellence in the classroom and prepare for a successful tomorrow.
Ace | Juntos
Ace | Juntos coordinates frequent community gatherings and events aimed to promote unity and fellowship within the neighborhood. Our hope is to create opportunities where families connect with each other, and intersect with other families as well.
Ace | Neighbor
Ace | Neighbor program recruits and places individuals to commit to two-years of urban mission service within an Ace House in South Minneapolis. Working alongside Ace in the City and urban and suburban churches, the goal is simple: Love God. Love our neighbors like ourselves.
Ace | Back2School
Ace | Back2School is our way of helping prepare our students for the school year ahead. Every August, we are able to distribute hundreds of backpacks (filled with supplies) into the hands of our students in a way that preserves the dignity of our students and parents. It’s a day filled with free haircuts, inflatables, food, and tons of smiles and laughter. Watch video here.
ACE | Equip
As we’ve been active listeners without our community, we’ve heard the desire and the need of many of our parents to be equipped and empowered in their English literacy. We’re responding to the need with a weekly conversational class for our parents.
“Basketball, like other talents we have, is a language. And if we can become fluent, we can impact those who speak it .”
Change begins with being challenged. Change doesn’t just happen. And it never will unless we do something about it. But to be challenged, one has to journey outside of his/her comfort zone. For once the comfort bubble bursts, perspectives emerge, passions ignite, passive becomes proactive. We are stretched. Confronted. Dared to act, to move, to do something. Take what we’ve learned, what we have seen and heard and experienced, and apply it.
Some coin it short-term mission trips. We like to call it launching pads for life-giving, Spirit-infused, lifestyles. There’s nothing short-term about it. Because the impacts can be eternal.
Ace | Abroad
Ace | Abroad is intentional in its pursuit to stretch and challenge. Partnering with Emmanuel Children’s Home in Juarez, Mexico—the focus of these trips is three-fold: (1) to offer life-changing missional experiences to our community (2) to share the love of Jesus Christ in tangible ways with the home and children we visit and (3) through intentional development, be changed…transformed…empowered to share the love of Jesus Christ in bigger and bolder ways upon returning home.
Ace | Encounter
For many of the youth in our neighborhood, travel is a luxury. Most have never been outside of the United States, many not even the region or state. We know, however, that travel can be transformational. Ace | Encounter is our annual teen-focused trip to Emmanuel Children’s Home with a goal to help our students discover their purpose, develop a more global perspective and dive into the adventure of a purposed life beyond borders.
To help our students financially make this trip possible, consider giving toward a scholarship today.
“Nothing in life is more powerful than the interwoven strength found in an “us.” Pursuing community, one relationship at a time.”