Are you interested in joining a West Side short term mission team for Summer 2018? Three trips are being planned; applications are available below:
Houston, Texas: A Youth Deputation Team from West Side will travel to Texas July 14-21, 2018 to help restore homes for families affected by the flooding. The effect of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston area was profound, with more than 20 trillion gallons of water falling across Texas and Louisiana, which is enough water to supply New York City’s needs for five decades. Nearly 200,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by Harvey. Texas Governor Greg Abbot indicated that his state would need in excess of 125 billion dollars in federal relief money. These are just a few of the numbers. But these numbers fail to paint the most important portrait; that of the people who have been affected. They are the ones with whom we have the chance to go and share God’s love by partnering with them and others to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This trip is reserved for youth and youth advisors only.
Medellin, Colombia: A new opportunity for an adult team this summer is in the works to support a life-changing ministry in Colombia, South America. Open Arms Ministry offers life skills education for boys on a farm in the hills above Medellin. They also provide healthy, hopeful alternatives to otherwise exploited young girls in the city. Our team’s goals will be twofold:
• To complete one of several rooms of a dorm facility on the farm
• To explore whether God may be preparing us for an ongoing partnership with this organization.
As we serve alongside the staff of Open Arms, we hope to offer supportive insight as well in the areas of education, construction, and business operations. This partnership will also benefit West Side team members as we discover how our gifts can bring blessings to this vital ministry. The directors of Open Arms, Enoc and Cristina Hernandez, will be visiting our church in late January 2018. Our trip is planned for the last two weeks of June.
Czech Republic: As we have for the past two years, West Side will send a team to come alongside the ministry of Andrew and Amy Funka in the Czech Republic. The team will travel to an English language camp in the mountains above Prague. This camp is run by Scripture Union for young people between the ages of 13-17. Our team will lead English language workshops in the mornings and participate in other activities in the afternoons and evenings. Our English language skills are greatly appreciated as many young people wish to hone their skills with native speakers. We will also come alongside these Czech youth as they hear about Christ and what it means to live the Christian faith in a country which is officially atheistic. Dates: July 25-August 8, 2018.
Perhaps God is calling you to be a part of one of these two adult teams. Both teams we will be looking for people who have the ability to be supportive, team players. A variety of other skills are also needed:
• For the Czech team – A heart for Christ, some teaching/verbal skills, and a love for youth.
• For the Colombia team – A heart for Christ; construction skills; and possibly a few members with education expertise, business administration and/or finance.