Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mission Trip

Bring the Mission Home

 Pittsburgh Mission Trip

In a city known for its bridges, Praying Pelican Missions can be the bridge for your mission team to connect and serve alongside a local pastor and community on a Pittsburgh mission trip. Our staff has developed multiple partnerships with both churches and nonprofit organizations in a city full of new refugees seeking to find a home in the states as well as people whose family has been there for generations. The variety of people that you will meet while serving on a mission trip to Pittsburgh will amaze you.

Your Pittsburgh mission trip team could visit a homeless shelter and be a listening ear to those who may feel that no one else cares. You could have the opportunity to assist in a feeding program for kids that leads into a kids club atmosphere where you could be the first one to speak the name of Jesus to a child who desperately needs hope. The opportunities for your team on a mission trip to Pittsburgh are endless.

At Praying Pelican Missions, we strive to provide resources and guidance for you and your mission team to have an experience that will make a real impact on a community and assist a pastor who genuinely desires to partner with you. Your Pittsburgh mission trip will encourage the people who are dedicated on a day to day basis to seeing change in their communities. We want to see these ministries grow and thrive, but they need your help.

Is your youth, college age, family, or intergenerational group ready to come serve in Pittsburgh on a life changing and eye opening mission trip? Contact Praying Pelican Missions to talk with our on the ground Pittsburgh staff about your Pittsburgh mission trip.

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At A Glance. get the basics.

Location North America - Northeast USA
Language English, Pittsburghese dialect
Income $18,816
Religion 72% of the population affiliated with a religious congregation. Of those, 68% Catholic, 24% Protestant, 4% Jewish, 2% Orthodox, 2% Other.
Climate Humid continental - 4 season
Population 334,563; 2.3 million in the metro area
Ethnic Groups White 68% African American 28% Asian 3% other 3%
Motto "The Steel City," "The City of Bridges"
Independence 1776

Pricing Information. see what all is included.

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Trip Length:
Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:
Materials Provided:
  • Group leader handbook
  • Online group devotionals and handbooks
  • Trip promotional materials
  • Group T-shirts
  • Fundraising ideas
Unlimited Consultations:
35+ Hours of Ministry:
Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:    
Participation in Local Church Services:
Sleeping Accommodations: Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area Hotel accommodations
Meals: Meals provided Some local restaurant meals
Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:

FAQs. we know you're wondering.

Prior to the trip, you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, group t-shirts, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.

Once in Pittsburgh, you will receive three meals a day, sleeping accommodations, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.

Airfare/ground transportation throughout the trip, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation.

In Pittsburgh, most people speak English with the dialect of Pittsburghese, which is specific to the city.

Yes. We take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Crime occurs in Pittsburgh just like everywhere else, but we have never had a PPM team experience a major incident of crime. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in the city ensures there is always someone looking out for the well being of our teams.

There are no insects in Pittsburgh that you wouldn't also find in most places within the US. Generally, the city is free of poisonous creatures.

On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation.

On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation.

Please plan to fly into Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

Yes, PPM provides safe food for you during your trip. All restaurants we take you to have been approved by PPM staff.

Yes. There will be a time set aside to buy souvenirs if so desired.

Since we generally work with international communities even while in the U.S., we strive to provide meals that reflect the heritage of those groups. Meals will range from those ethnic foods to standard American fare.

Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Pittsburgh

Location Info. basics about pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is centered at the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela rivers. Known as the "Steel City," it has been a forerunner in many industries and a truly innovative city center. It boasts a remarkable focus on environmental design and has shown tenacity in the face of great changes in economic climate. Surviving the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has emerged as a leader in technology and banking, and has a thriving arts scene as well. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh struggles in the wake of the collapse of the blue-collar work sector.

The city of Pittsburgh lies in southwestern Pennsylvania, in a humid continental climate. The summers are hot and humid, while the winters are cold and wet.

Most people in Pittsburgh speak English. There is, however, a dialect of "Pittsburghese" that is spoken by many residents of Western Pennsylvania, a group called "Yinzers."

Pittsburgh is generally a very safe place to visit. Any crime is usually limited to the local population.

Once a center for industrialization and steel, Pittsburgh has relatively successfully managed industrial transition to becoming a center for technology and finance. Nevertheless, economic disparity, especially within the formerly large blue-collar classes, remains a big issue in the area.

Pittsburgh boasts a rich history in the arts, from the Heinz Center for the Performing Arts to the Carnegie Museum of Art to the Pittsburgh Zoo. It is also the home to many avid sports fans and large shopping centers.

Originally settled by the Shawnee native Americans, Pittsburgh was a prime location for early traders because of the three rivers that met together there - the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio. It later became a fort city for the British and is named for English statesman William Pitt. When the War of 1812 cut off the supply of British goods in the US, Pittsburgh rose as an industrial center, the most notable company being Carnegie Steel Company. The city's population ballooned in the 19th century due to a huge influx of immigrants and also received many African-American migrants who came to work in the factories after being freed in the Civil War. Industry boomed during World War II, but the city's steel and electronics industries imploded in the early 1980s, forcing massive layoffs and company closures.

A majority of Pittsburgh residents claim an affiliation with some sort of religious congregation. Over half of those are connected with the Catholic church, with many Protestant and Orthodox affiliates as well.

If you were waiting for the perfect time to bring a group to Pittsburgh, the time is now. Contact us for more information or register today!

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