Announcing Short-Term Mission Opportunities for 2016

Published October 19, 2015 in 

First Church has a long history of personal involvement in Missions. We have developed relationships in very diverse places over the years. Ongoing relationships have been established in Honduras, Cambodia and Germany which began and developed as only God could orchestrate. We also have a new stateside Mission opportunity. Please prayerfully consider whether God might be calling you to participate in a short-term mission in 2016. Here are our opportunities:

 Loving Children in Honduras

March 5-12, 2016

Approx. cost $1,300*

Led by Christie Wyatt

New Life Children’s Home near Jalaca, Honduras is home to 45 amazing children, and we have the privilege of participating in the care of the orphanage and school. Flexibility is the key as we work on projects around the facility, join the children in providing food and spiritual encouragement in the nearby villages, and develop long-lasting friendships with the children and the community that supports them.

 Church Planting in Cambodia

April 2016

Approx. cost $1,600*

Led by Emara & Chiv In

Rev. Chiv In never planned to return to Cambodia after his escape from the Khmer Rouge under dictator Pol Pot in 1978. But God had other plans and Chiv was called to return to his homeland in 2008. Since that time, 6 churches have been planted in rural Cambodia, a nation desperately in need of the love and restoration of Jesus Christ. Chiv and his wife Emara will return to Cambodia in April 2016 to continue encouraging and training the congregations and their leaders. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to be a part of what God is doing in this country.

 Baseball Camp in Germany

July/August 2016

Approx. cost $1,800*

Led by Dabney & Ludger Grewe

Why baseball? Sports cross cultural boundaries. Someone who might not set foot inside a church might come and play baseball. Americans coming to teach an American sport catches the attention of German youth. You don’t have to know how to play baseball; it’s all about showing the love of Christ to the people at the baseball camp. Last year 4 young adults were baptized that we have known since the camp in 2008. In the meantime, about 20 young men and women from the camps are active leaders at other churches or youth or student organizations. Lives are being transformed by the love of Christ. Won’t you join us next summer?

Hands-On Help in Louisiana                 

December 4-9, 2016

Approx. cost $450                                                                   

Led by Susan Sublett

UMCOR’s Sager Brown provides hospitality, education, and hands-on mission opportunities. Volunteers are provided with clean, comfortable housing, meals, and 23 acres of lush, peaceful scenery along the Bayou Teche. Volunteers can learn firsthand about the effects of rural poverty, domestic violence, and southern hospitality. They can choose to work on a Hearts and Hands for Homes project, providing repairs to homes for elderly low-income citizens. Or, they may decide to assist at Chez Hope, a center for survivors of domestic violence, or the local Head start program for low-income children.

More Info: missions@firstchurch.net

Apply at: firstchurch.net/GO

*final cost will depend on current airfares

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