MISSIONS: JUST LIVE IT!
Get Out of The Boat
As we are hoping and praying the weather actually changes for the better, FINALLY, we look back at a busy and challenging year for missions. So far this year we’ve completed 3 mission trips and still have 2 more planned before the end of the year. We have been to Haiti 2 times with another trip planned for October. We also went back to Virginia Beach to help with Hurricane Mathew relief and will be returning to Gatlinburg, TN in October to rebuild houses destroyed by devastating wild fires almost 2 years ago.
Short-term mission trips continue to help the most vulnerable and give an excellent opportunity to anyone that is willing to “get out of the boat”, grow in faith and serve others.
Speaking of “getting out of the boat”, Missions are not a vacation and not intended to be easy!! They require perseverance, flexibility, a heart to serve and most importantly, Faith!
This summer we had to 2 teams scheduled for Haiti but only 1 went. Because of civil unrest that flared up due to government taxation, there were concerns by a few team members that it may be unsafe due to the temporary unrest in Haiti. The concerns turned to fears and the trip scheduled for our recent graduating young adults was canceled. Unfortunately, the trip will not be rescheduled because of college schedules and life happening for these young people. Through the almost 2-week discernment about the trip being a “go” or “no-go”, many of the young adults showed great courage and an inspiring faith as they were eager and willing to go, despite the skepticism by other team members.
I can assure anyone thinking about going on any mission trip, SAFETY is the #1 priority for the team. We take all precautions and gather as much information directly from our mission partners and UMCOR regarding any issues that need to be considered.
The second team did go to Haiti, same trip, same work site, just two weeks later. I had heard from several team members that they hoped that the trip was still a go. They truly felt called to do God’s work. More than one person described it as their “Peter Moment”. Basically, God telling them to have faith and “get out of the boat”. The trip was a success, all arrived in Haiti and returned to West Lawn with no safety issues. There were definitely challenges, as often times there are on mission trips. The key was that the team preserved and overcame those challenges, shared community with each other, grew as Christians and showed the unselfish love of Christ in their hearts, to others.
As we look ahead to 2019 and mission opportunities, we are committed to helping the least through Food and Shelter. This will continue to take us to unfamiliar places at home and abroad and will do work that we don’t normally do that will challenge our bodies. Missions is sacrifice. Besides leaving your loved ones, your job, and spending your own money …… we go where we are called to be and that takes personal FAITH in GOD, Mission Leadership and your own ability to “Get Out of the Boat”. Please prayerfully consider joining a team in the coming year as we spread the love of Christ through Missions.
We continue to seek viable mission opportunities for rebuilding homes in Puerto Rico. Progress has been slow (as we have experienced in the past with other major storms such as Katrina and Matthew). Not only do we need to have a place to go, we need safe and adequate housing, supplies and material for rebuilding and we need electric (which is still a problem in a lot of areas). Stay tuned as we hope to have a trip scheduled for 2nd quarter 2019.
For Information About Missions:
To sign up for any of our trips, or to become more involved with Short Term Missions at West Lawn, please complete the below form.
If you can’t wait until our next trip, or desire to start helping locally, the Neighborhood Mission team is working several days a week and Saturday mornings to provide much needed help in our local area.
We are a Mission Team dedicated to providing “Handyman/Handywoman” services for the elderly, handicapped and single parents to make necessary home repairs for basic comfortable living. To be part of this team, experience and tools are not necessary. We teach on the job and by example, and helpers are always welcome.
Contact: Dave Page
Cell – 484-256-3408