Our story begins in the summer of 2012, though we could argue that it goes back a lot further than that!
As the Young Adult Coordinator for St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Woodstock, Georgia, I made arrangements to host a Hearts on Fire retreat. This was put on by a team of young, traveling Jesuit priests from the Apostleship of Prayer that offered a complete package – they arrive in their passenger van full of equipment, put on the retreat (including live music), and then they pack up and move on to the next host parish or school. Seeing this retreat come together made David and I realize that we could be doing something similar. With our shared love of music, youth ministry, retreats, and our ever-growing collection of equipment and gear, we began to feel like this could all be combined to start something great!
We already had a worship band composed of volunteers for the Life Teen youth ministry program at our church, and we knew plenty of other young, passionate people with amazing gifts and the strong desire to serve and lead others to Christ, so we started building our team. We would begin by helping a smaller parish with Confirmation retreats, as they did not have a youth ministry program of their own, and eventually, other opportunities began presenting themselves.
Little did we know, we would be given a school bus by David’s parents, which we converted into the Mission Mobile. David’s mother owned and operated a company that taught early engineering to children using Legos and robotics. His parents had purchased the bus at an auction with intentions of converting it into a mobile classroom for the company, but they later changed their mind. We were surprised to be handed the keys and we quickly got to work converting the bus into something more comfortable for traveling as a group, as well as storing all of our equipment, not to mention the electronic wheelchair lift – perfect for all of our heavy gear. This was completely unexpected and was a bit overwhelming to take in. It was as though there was a bigger picture to all of this and that God knew exactly what He was doing.
Over time, we decided to add another aspect to our ministry, which was the addition of Mobile Mission Productions. We saw this as a way to help promote The Mobile Mission while sharing our team’s great talents in the areas of photography, videography, graphic design/animation and web development.
Fast forward to March 2015 when David and I moved to Dahlonega, Georgia after I took a job as the Middle and High School Youth Minister and the Campus Minister for the University of North Georgia! God has seemingly placed us in the perfect spot to be able to reach out to young adults who share the same passion and desire to see this ministry grow and succeed – and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them!
We are now on our way to becoming a Non-Profit organization, which should open even more doors for us in the future! It’s amazing to see what can happen when you allow God to guide your steps!
Thank you for taking the time to read about where we’ve been…we invite you now to join us where we’re going!
~ Jaime & David Roberts