We believe that short-term missions can be an effective tool in helping encourage our missionary partners as well as mobilizing the church body to be engaged in the mission of reaching and equipping the nations for Christ.
Upcoming Short-term Trips:
January 22nd-February 3rd
Paul and Joan Kaeb will be traveing with Matt and Kait (Judson & Tyndale) Kaeb to help them get settled into life in Thailand. They will also be stopping by to visit Mike and Kim for a few days to encourage them on their way back to the U.S.
Ryan and Anita Meyer will be traveling to Southeast Asia to visit and encourage Sam, Cammie, and their children.
Tyler Edelman will be spending a month in East Asia reaching out and building relationships with university students to share the good news of Christ.
Past Trip Reports:
Philippines Trip, End of 2016
Charlie Robinson, Greg Allen, and Andrew O’Brien had the privilege of visiting the Clinton family and Sabrina Allen (Greg’s daughter) in the Philippines. At the onset of the trip our desire was to connect, encourage and love on our missionary partners as well as the babies at the Arthur Center and the girls at the Village aftercare center. At the time of our visit there were 10 babies at the Arthur Center, all who had been given up or abandoned by their parents. It was a joy to get to take them out of the orphanage to a play place in the mall, where they had a blast playing with the various toddler games. Since our visit, two of these precious children have been adopted by loving Filipino families. There were 30 girls at the Village center ranging from age 5 to 18 and we got to spend time with them every day. All these girls have experienced physical abuse either in the home or through trafficking. It was very impacting to know what’s been done to these girls, yet see how God is working in their lives, helping them heal and come to faith in Christ. These girls are not unlike our girls, they loved playing outside, dressing up like princesses, singing/dancing, doing arts and crafts, giggling and smiling! Now they are able to do these things in a safe environment, where they are well loved and taken care of.
The absolute highlight of the trip was seeing 12 of these girls publically identify with Christ through being baptized. These girls laughed, cried, hooped and hollered out of joy when getting baptized! There were smiles from ear to ear.
It was a blessing to spend so much time with the Clintons and Sabrina. This is a challenging ministry to be a part of and they need constant prayer and encouragement. On the way out, we had to make sure Greg didn’t accidentally get left behind. =) He and Sabrina had a wonderful time together and it was so good for him to see with his own eyes what life is like for her and how God is using her there.
Thanks for all of your support and love as a church family to enable us to go!
Cross Missions Conference 2016
Mitchell and Laura Baumgartner, Ellie and Jonah Montgomery, Tyler Edelman, Emma Hunts and Andrew O’Brien attended the Cross for the Nations missions conference in Indianapolis Indiana at the end of 2016. The conference consisted of teaching from God’s Word, panel discussions, testimonies, break-out sessions, and times of worship all centered on the topic of missions and focusing on mobilizing college students to the task of reaching the unreached with the good news of Jesus Christ.
One of the highlights was getting to spend time together as a group in between sessions; discussing the messages and helping each other process what we had been learning. We had a wonderful time together, getting to know each other better. Each of the students that went have hearts for the unreached peoples of the world to be reached and many of them have been involved in missions-focused trips in college. Please pray for them as they seek the Lord in how He may desire to use them in reaching the unreached, whether by going or sending.
There are over 6000 people groups that have limited to no access to the Bible or to anyone who can tell them about Jesus, much less a church they can be a part of. This comes out to be almost 3 billion people, most of whom are born, live their lives, and die without ever hearing about Jesus and the good news that their sins can be forgiven through faith in Christ. Knowing these realities is a good enough reason to take the gospel message to these people, but what will sustain those who go is not simply knowing the need, but knowing our Savior Jesus Christ deeply, knowing the heart of God for all men to be saved and wanting with all our hearts to see him glorified in every tribe, tongue, people and nation.
It was such a blessing to attend this conference! Thanks so much for sending us!
Go on a trip:
There are a variety of opportunities to go on short-term missions trips each year. If you are interested in going, please contact Pastor Andrew O’Brien: firstname.lastname@example.org