SERVE: ON A MISSION TRIP
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to reach out to our brothers and sisters in Christ – to be the face of Jesus to those who are sick, hungry, poor, or facing other desperate circumstances. In a very real way, the church of Jesus Christ has been given the task of carrying on his ministry, following his example into the lives of our neighbors, both here and abroad.
Below, please find a list of Hope’s short-term mission opportunities, along with a list of all of our global mission partners, and prayerfully consider how God might be calling you to serve in the coming year!
Team participants will travel to Accra, Ghana to support and partner with GlobeServe Ministries International in the work they are doing throughout Ghana. Participants may visit different villages, spend time with staff and children at GlobeServe’s school, assist in community health initiatives, and have opportunities to learn cultural history.
Mission Guatemala is an exploratory trip where we will be building relationships and partnerships from the ground floor. Team members will join ENLACE, a nonprofit Christian organization, as they expand their work and God’s kingdom in Guatemala. ENLACE’s mission is “equipping churches to transform communities.” ENLACE commits to a 10-year relationship with partner churches, supporting them to become effective agents of change in their local community.
Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line (less than US$2 a day) and 54% in abject poverty (less than US$1 a day). A devastating earthquake in 2010 further inflicted $7.8 billion in damage. Missionaries will partner with Many Hands for Haiti (based in Pella, IA), helping to share God’s love with Haitians by participating in a variety of service projects: light construction, feeding programs utilizing Meals from the Heartland meals, hut-to-hut evangelism, Vacation Bible School programs and community development work.
Mission Israel is not your typical mission trip. Working with Hope’s mission partner in Israel, the Emmaus Bible Ministry, you'll learn what it's like to be Christian in a land where Christianity is a very small minority of the practicing religions. You'll better understand what it means to share the Gospel where it can be illegal to evangelize, and how devoted followers of Christ are sharing the Good News, even where it seems like nobody is interested in listening. This is a life-changing experience that will leave you reading the Bible through a different lens, and will challenge you to face this question: "Am I just a fan of Jesus, or am I really a fully-devoted follower of Christ?"
On Mission Jamaica, missionaries will travel to Robin’s Nest Children’s Home in Montego Bay, Jamaica to serve children in various capacities. Robin’s Nest is a place of healing as many of the children have experienced malnourishment, neglect and abuse. Volunteers will serve in various capacities including: assisting pod parents with cleaning and chores, light construction projects, and working with physically challenged children.
Mission South Africa
Mission South Africa is an opportunity for missionaries to serve the children and communities of South Africa in partnership with Blessman International. Team members will travel to South Africa to serve orphans and vulnerable children through a variety of ways, including: optical ministry, feeding center ministry, construction and other service projects. All necessary training will be provided; no professional training is required.
Mission Uganda is in partnership with ChildVoice International in order to bring hope to the lives of former child soldiers and their families. Missionaries will travel to a rural area north of Gulu in northern Uganda. While there, team members will assist in a variety of ways, including: construction, agricultural projects, medical screenings, sewing, cooking, facilitating Bible studies, and more.
Mission Tijuana is a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) home-building project designed to work with local families who have taken the initial step of purchasing land but need assistance in building a structure that is adequate for their family. The mission team will be interacting and working with the family and community as they build a home complete with windows, a lockable door and a room divider.
Below please find a complete list of Global Mission Partners Hope supports. For more information on any one of these, please visit their website:
Blessman International – South Africa
ChildVoice – Uganda
Convoy of Hope – Philippines
Emmaus Bible Ministry – Israel
ENLACE – Guatemala
GlobeServe Ministries – Ghana
YWAM Homes of Hope - Mexico
Love into Action – Bethlehem
Many Hands for Haiti – Haiti
Meals from the Heartland – West Des Moines
Robin’s Nest Children’s Home – Jamaica