My Bridge to the Nations – 2017 Summer Mission Trips

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Scheduled Trips

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Crete to Oaxaca City, Mexico ~ July 22 - 31






A group of 7 from Crete Berean Church, from high schooler to retired age are serving in Oaxaca, Mexico, visiting villages sharing the Gospel, helping with projects around the churches, dental clinic, maybe VBS for the kids.

Please pray:

For Dr. Ciro Perez : having some health issues. Please pray for full recovery.
July 8-9, Dr. Perez and 5 other men will be in La Luz to install a concrete walkway from the church to the kitchen area. They will also plan a project for the team.
Ciro is seeking permission from the village council of Ixtepeji to organize a Medical/dental trip the their village. Please pray for the acceptance of his proposal.

For travel safety for our team.

For open hearts for those we will be in contact with on our trip.

That God will use the unique gifts that he has given each of us to encourage those that we will be in contact with.

We will be visiting the villages of La Luz, Magdelena and Cuilapam. Pray for the people of these villages, believers and non-believers as we encourage them and as they touch our hearts.

 

Sidney to Pine Ridge Native American Reservation ~ July 30 - August 5






The Sidney Evangelical Free Church senior high youth group is partnering with Next Step Ministries. 

We will be connecting with the Lakota tribe at Pine Ridge and doing repair work to their homes. We won’t know exactly what we will be doing until 2 weeks before the trip. We are just open to whatever it is. We look forward to serving and sharing Christ with our words and actions.

Please pray:

Pray that we would be humble. Pray that we would listen and love the people we are serving well. Pray that our hearts would break for what breaks God’s heart. Pray that our group would get along and that this would be the first step in an ongoing relationship with the Lakota people.

Returned Trips

Harvard to Monticello, Iowa ~ May 29-June 2






Three adults and eight youth aged 13-16 from Harvard United Church of Christ are serving this week at Camp Courageous near Monticello, Iowa.

Camp Courageous serves more than 7,000 disabled individuals each year.

4 on their team will spend each day with campers and the other seven will be working on whatever work projects are needed to keep the camp functioning year round.

In the evenings they are studying Philippians.

Areas for prayer…

  • That they grow together in God’s grace throughout the trip and utilize opportunities to share the Gospel.
  • That they notice Christ at work along the way, follow the tug of the Holy Spirit on their hearts and glorify God.
  • That the counselors and staff at Camp Courageous have strength and compassion to continue to serve the disabled campers. 

Clay Center to Pittsburg ~ June 13-20






A group of 28 students and parents from the Covenant Church in Clay Center, KS are serving in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania through Tuesday June 20, partnering with an inner city church. 

Please pray for protection and effectiveness as they serve each day.

Hastings to Nicaragua ~ June 22 - 30






Six adults from Faith Lutheran Church in Hastings are serving in Nicaragua. They will be distributing Bibles, giving medical care assistance and handing out glasses. 

Please pray for health and safety for the team. 

Stromsburg to New Orleans ~ June 23 - July 2






8 members of the Stromsburg Evangelical Free high school youth group and 3 sponsors leave on Friday June 23 to drive to New Orleans to serve the Lord by serving in an inner city neighborhood. The team will be working with Urban Impact, a church-based outreach to children and families of the central city area of New Orleans, teaching VBS, hosting “challenge circles” (similar to AWANA game circles) in the evenings and doing some service projects daily, as well. The church has been sending teams every other year for about 20 years now!

Bless you for praying for us! We desperately need the filling of the Holy Spirit daily in order to be His witnesses to all those we come in contact with. Pray for travel safety, for energy (we will be sleeping on a church floor), for the hearts of the children we will be working with to be drawn to the King and for Jesus Christ to be glorified as we follow Him!

Lincoln to Uganda & Kenya ~ July 3 - July 13






The Hope Venture is organizing this trip. There are 9 on the team, each with different strengths – some in photography and storytelling, others in construction and architecture, and another focused on children’s ministry. Two of the team will be traveling to Uganda while the rest of the team goes on to Narok, Kenya. In Uganda we will be collecting stories and checking in on ministries that the Hope Venture sponsors, from feeding centers to student sponsorship and well programs. Because all of the ministries are locally run, it’s important to maintain good communication with our partners to know everything is running well, and note if there are any changes that should be made. 

After 3 days we will travel back to Kenya and meet up with the rest of the team to hold a student retreat for 5 days. This retreat will be for 46 high school students who are sponsored by donors through The Hope Venture. During this retreat we will have games, preaching, as well as a service project in the community. We will be building an outdoor classroom that will hold over 100 students, with the help of our team and all the students coming to the retreat. 

After the retreat wraps up, we will split into pairs and do a “day in the life” with one of the students from the retreat, learning more about where they live and what life is like for them, with hopes to gain a better understanding, as well as communicate a clearer message to donors back in the states. Our goals for the trip are to follow up with the local projects funded by The Hope Venture, hold a successful student retreat where the teenagers feel loved, welcomed, and hear the truth of the Gospel, and to construct a classroom successfully so that it will bless the community throughout the year. 

Please pray: 

– for the remaining funds to come in before we leave 
– for unity as a team
– for successful completion in building the classroom, no matter the road blocks we may run into
– for the hearts of the students who come to the retreat, to be impacted in a real way, and to know how to seek God directly for comfort & strength when our team leaves
– for no sickness and supernatural energy as we serve hard with a packed schedule
– to strengthen the relationships with our trusted partners overseas, and know how to communicate their stories honorably and effectively

Sidney to Rowy, Poland ~ July 6 - July 18






A team of 7 from E Free in Sidney, NE, 5 from New Hope E Free in Ogallala, NE., and 5 people from Iowa are going to Poland. 

We will be teaching conversational English and will have daily Bible studies. We will use the Bible as the text to teach. There will be approximately 90 people attending this family oriented camp. 

Please pray: 

Hearts of the people will be open to God’s Word  
Safe travel to and from Poland 
Good health going and coming

Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler to Omaha ~ July 8 & 9






We are a group of 8 teenagers and 2 adults ready to serve in the Omaha area. We will work with a ministry called Embrace the Nations, which helps displaced refugees find hope for their future. We will also tour and help wherever needed at the Stephen Center, a shelter for homeless trying to achieve sobriety, wellness, and strength. We plan to take a tour of Boys Town and help with jobs there. We thank God for the gift of being able to serve His people and reaching out to the needs of others around us.

We ask for your prayers that our eyes are opened to the great needs of people whom we have not met. We ask that God gives us the right words that speak love and compassion, so that our actions will uplift, and not judge, those whom we do not know.

North Platte to backyards in the area ~ July 10 - 14






18 teens from Bethel Evangelical Free Church have been divided into 3 teams of 6, ages 14 to 19. They all have been trained in sharing the gospel using the “gospel soccer ball.” Each team will have a Bible storyteller, game leader, craft leader, and song leader. The teens also wrote a skit to help relate biblical principles to real life situations.

The teams will meet in backyards of homes for 5 days to bring the gospel to kids in that neighborhood. Ours teens will lead in songs, tell a Bible story or act out a Bible story, explain the gospel, play games, and help with a craft that remind the kids of the Bible story. Our teens will be learning to share their faith with others and to serve.

Please pray that the teens serving this summer would grow deeper in Christ, that they would have a passion to share their faith with others and to see that God wants to use them. Second, that un-churched kids would come to the backyard clubs so that they can hear about the love of God, that the gospel would be clearly proclaimed and that the lost would respond.

Omaha to the Dominican Republic ~ July 16 - 23






6 families from Brookside church, middle school and high school age kids serving alongside their parents and taking the gospel from Omaha to the Dominican Republic. 

We will be praying, learning and seeking to experience life with God at a deeper level as we are challenged by living and serving in a different culture. We will work alongside our Dominican partners who are planting a church in an unreached town. Our students will lead a VBS time for the kids and adults will try to encourage new believers in the area.

Please pray”

That local believers in the new church plant will catch the vision for ongoing kids ministry in their town.

That trip participants will grow spiritually during the trip.

 

Lincoln to Colorado and Wyoming ~ June 4 - July 24






Students from Union College in Lincoln and other Christian schools are serving in Colorado and Wyoming for 8 weeks, sharing door to door about Jesus and His love for them. The leader has been leading these trips for 26 years and this may be the last year before he retires. This ministry has reached many people and changed so many students’ life and relationship with Jesus.

Please pray for those sharing the gospel and those they share with to come to know Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him.

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