We love global missions. While supporting missionaries and sending funds for great needs are important, there is an important place for challenging the church and training a team to go to the world. Our goal is always two-fold: to partner with local ministries for maximum impact toward the locals, and for the transformation of the team members as they engage in active faith.
These are our recent missions trips:
Having had a very successful first trip in 2014, we decided to return to the Philippines and work again with SICAP (Samar Integrated Community Advancement Project) and minister to the poor in Northern Samar where the latest poverty rate puts them at 62%, one of the poorest provinces in all of Philippines. We visited two villages and ministered to the children and adults, held several rallies, engaged in children & youth ministries, and shared God’s love with local Christians.
Here is Haley’s Videolog.
In November 2013, super typhoon Haiyan struck Philippines and killed over 10,000 people. Through Pastor Jin’s contact in Samar where the damage was greatest, our team joined the local Christian ministry to engage in a number of ministries to those affected by Haiyan. We participated in children’s ministries, youth rally, house to house evangelism and prayer support. We also helped fund the rebuilding of a children’s center, funded the reconstruction of a main road in one of the villages, and established a scholarship for one of the children.
We partnered with Bernardsville Presbyterian Church to go to Peru to engage in much needed ministry and support. We made for a good fit because Bernardsville brought older adults and we were mainly youths. In Peru, we visited three ministry locations: In the countryside city of Apata (located 11,000 feet above sea level), we visited a local school and met and ministered to all of the students through three school-wide assemblies. We also went house to house for evangelism and a large rally where we gave out clothes we had brought. In the capital city of Lima, we visited two local churches for Sunday worship and a church in the slums where we held a rally in support of that church. And finally, we travelled to Cuzco where we stayed with a local orphanage and ministered to the children there. It was a bitter goodbye as we said our farewells to our new friends.