2013 MISSION TRIP
Paul’s World & Mission
22 April – 2 May 2013
While enjoying the romance and beauty of the Aegean Sea, this journey will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the New Testament and the early church communities in ancient Anatolia. It will illuminate not only places associated with the ministry of Paul in Greece and Turkey, but also identify missionary strategies Paul used to advance his ministry. It will explore the traditions of Mary and John in Turkey, with a special interest in the backgrounds of the Book of Revelation. It will explore points of contact between Christianity and Islam. Person to person learning experiences with missionaries and indigenous people will supplement extensive field trips. The pilgrimage will include morning and evening fora on historical and contemporary themes, visits with church workers and mission sites. The program will also give you plenty of free time and opportunities to become acquainted with Greek and Turkish culture on your own.
Click here to view the registration form. To register, print the form, fill it out, sign and send it to The Society for Biblical Studies.
2012 SUMMER MISSION TRIP TO VERMONT — INCREDIBLE!!
On June 25-July 1, 2012, 27 members of the senior high youth group and 7 chaperones traveled to Vermont to participate in the annual Mission Trip. Housing was provided by the Vermont Technical College and the group worked with the Mad River Flood Recovery in Waitsfield, VT to rebuild homes that suffered damage during Hurricane Irene and to help with riverbank cleanup and debris removal from the Mad River Path. They also visited Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, played Lazertag, sang the national anthem at a Burlington Lake Monsters Minor League Baseball game and had a BBQ on Lake Champlain.
Hurricane Irene was one of the costliest hurricanes on record in the Northeastern United States. After Irene hit Vermont on August 29, 2011, almost every river and stream in Vermont flooded, resulting in at least three deaths. It was the worst flooding to strike the state in 83 years. Throughout Vermont, countless homes and businesses, over 200 roads and numerous covered bridges, many over 100 years old, were damaged or destroyed.
Mark your calendars for the Mission Trip Report Back on September 23rd after church.
2011 SUMMER MISSION TRIP TO BILOXI — AN AMAZING TRIP!
On one of the first days of summer vacation, 33 high school students and 7 chaperones from The Congregational Church of Needham boarded an airplane and flew down to Mississippi to spend five days rebuilding homes that were damaged in hurricane Katrina. Read the sermon about the trip by clicking the attachment below. See photos from the trip at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSiKaPreqKU.
The church’s youth minister, Rev. Jamie Green, organized the trip.She said, “We learned that even though it has been six years since the storm, 17,000 families remain without homes and there is still much work to be done. Many people from other parts of the country don’t realize the need that still exists in this area.”
The youth and chaperones worked on five houses in hot and steamy weather.They built a chain link fence, painted the interior and exterior of a home, did lead paint abatement which required wearing hazmat suits, built braces for columns that held up a home, learned many renovating and home repair techniques and much more.
At one home, the youth met the owner, named Bathsheba.She described how she lived in a trailer outside her home for three years waiting for the funds to get her house fixed.Eventually she had to move back into her unrepaired home with barely working electricity, no kitchen and molding cement floors.The youth group worked on her home which is nearing completion and she is incredibly thankful that she and her mother and sister have a safe place to live again.
The youth group stayed at Camp Victor in Ocean Springs, MS, an air-conditioned dorm and cafeteria facility built by volunteers to give Hurricane Katrina volunteers a comfortable place to stay while working in the area.More than 60,000 volunteers have stayed at Camp Victor since 2005.In addition to working on the homes, the group toured Biloxi and New Orleans and saw that much hurricane damage is still visible six years later.In New Orleans, they viewed block after block of empty foundations with steps leading to nowhere and severely damaged, boarded up homes.
At their nightly meetings, the youth were asked what they had learned so far.Rev. Green was happy to hear that the youth were learning some valuable life lessons.Here are just a few of the things they said:help however you can, sometimes things don’t go as planned, take risks, you get what you get; don’t get upset, consider the positive effects of actions, and it’s more important to be with people who are welcoming than to try to be with people who are cool.
Many people were helped during the trip and many lessons were learned by the youth and adult chaperones making the experience a win-win situation.