Are you interested in going on a mission trip this year? Are you worried that you’ve waited too long to sign up? Don’t fret: There’s still time!
Mission trips are an opportunity to serve the physical and spiritual needs of others as you show them the love of Christ. Sound like something you’d like to do? Check out these four awesome trips.
Seoul, South Korea: April 29 – May 6
This mission trip partners with Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) to help resettle refugees who have risked everything to escape oppression in North Korea. Team members will spend time with the refugees, helping them with their English and exposing them to American culture.
Those who have been on the trip say they have learned so much in return about resiliency and perseverance — North Koreans must travel a minimum of 2,000 miles while risking their lives to get out of the country. This is a great organization that helps brave individuals rebuild lives with the promise of true freedom. To find out more, attend the informational meeting on Sunday, March 13th, from 2-3 p.m. in the Study at 301 Garden.
Sierra Leone: May 9 – 15
Hoboken Grace will be working with World Hope International, a Christian relief organization committed to community development in Sierra Leone. Team member Jim Mannoia says the trip will focus on helping provide clean water in areas affected by the Ebola outbreak.
Team leader Chris High emphasizes that the trip will be largely exploratory this year. “We’ve been able to work with World Hope as a financial partner for the past couple years, but we want to get involved in a hands-on way moving forward,” he says. “This year our goal is to identify how we can do that in a way that impacts their mission the most.”
While partnering with Casa Hogar Alegre, an organization that cares for orphaned, abandoned and abused children, the main focus of this trip will be to provide love, support and opportunity for these little ones to grow in mind, body and spirit. Previous teams have shared their stories and God’s love with the kids, which in turn allowed the children to feel safe, cared for and comforted.
During the course of the week, participants bonded with those at Casa Hogar Alegre, and many say the experience humbled them and deepened their dependence on God. “Working at Casa Hogar allowed me to reflect on my life and increase my gratitude,” says Andrea Lopez, who intends to return this year. “I also saw how these children had such an authentic relationship with God, and it caused me to consciously examine my own relationship with Him.”
Nairobi, Kenya: August (dates TBD)
This trip will take you to the Rehema Home orphanage, where you will support the children by participating in various activities and in cooking, cleaning and maintenance. The goal of the trip is to build relationships with the 60-plus children at Rehema, letting them know they are loved and valued in the process. On past trips, team members have built a girls bathroom, led Vacation Bible School, painted, played games with the children and taught the kids about social media safety.
Sarah Fishbein, who has served in Kenya on and off over the past 10 years, had this to say: “When I first decided to go on a mission trip, I was scared but interested to see what I could offer to the kids at the home. Boy was I wrong with the outcome. The mission trips I have participated in did more to transform my own heart and spirit. God showed me what love looks like in the heart of His children. It was a love I could not let go of or forget. Over the last 10 years, I have seen small children grow into young adults who love Christ. Their faith is deeper and stronger than mine, and every time I interact with them, I am humbled by their spirit.”
Don’t miss out on being a part of a life-changing experience, for both you and those you’ll serve. Registration for the May trips will begin wrapping up later this month, so don’t wait. Begin praying today about how God can use you to serve across the globe. For more information, email Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org.