To continue to help in their mission to transform cities one kid at a time, and to provide parishioners with the opportunity to serve and grow in Christ, we are making a few slight changes to our partnership with Dirty Vagabond Ministries…
First, we have now committed to providing quick dinners for DVM’s weekly Thursday night Bible study (instead of providing meals for their Tuesday night Youth Groups). We will just need three (3) parish families to donate each night of Bible study, each for 10 kids/chaperones. We will seek food items that are easy to grab and eat, such as sandwiches, pizza, and friend chicken. Donations will be dropped-off at DVM at approximately 6:50 p.m.
Secondly, we have committed to securing parishioners to open their homes to the DVM kids who are exploring joining the Church through RCIA, and their catechists, for mid-day meals on Sundays. The kids will arrive at host homes after they go to Mass, around 12:15 p.m. The meal and fellowship will conclude around 2:00 p.m. We will also need parishioners to donate food and drinks for these meals.
The world is broken and teens in poverty know that well. Inspired by the Incarnation, Dirty Vagabond Ministries (DVM) actively seeks to transform those teens, meeting them where they are, building relationships with them, and introducing them to Jesus. Dirty Vagabond Ministries seeks to bring the joy and peace of the Gospel into the lives of those teens who are lost.
Dirty Vagabond Ministries was founded in Steubenville, OH approximately 10 years ago. In 2015, DVM was established in Pittsburg, PA and, in 2016, here in Wichita, after being given approval by Bishop Carl Kemme. New DVM sites in Sharpsville, PA, Greenville NC, and Benton Harbor, MI will soon open.
Two missionaries run each DVM site. Practicing solidarity by living where they serve, the missionaries meet students at schools, sporting events, parks, and their neighborhoods. Each DVM location has an after school center, provides meals for kids on a weekly basis, and hosts outreach events. They work along local parishes, forming teens into disciples through Bible studies, small groups, and the Eucharist.
Here in Wichita, Dirty Vagabond Ministries is led by Andy Churray, a graduate of Franciscan University, former DVM missionary in Ohio, and STA school teacher. Working alongside him is Jenny Padilla, a recent graduate of Cal State Long Beach who relocated to Wichita to become a DVM missionary. Both Andy and Jenny live in the North High neighborhood and spend much time meeting and getting to know teens from the area. In addition, they are solely responsible for raising money to cover their salaries as well as all operating costs of the Wichita DVM site.
At The Underground, the local Dirty Vagabond Missionaries after school meeting place, kids can have fun and meet others. Andy and Jenny, and a handful of dedicated volunteers, work tireless to help these kids grow into Disciples of Christ through developing strong personal relationships with them and engaging them in activities such as youth group and Bible study.