I Enjoy Mission Trips
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are some very obvious reasons we go on mission trips.
God has called us to do His work and carry His love and His
gospel to all people. As His people, we want to be obedient
to that call--and so we go.
there are more reasons why I enjoy mission trips, and
especially this last mission trip to Dominica.
thinking about those things this morning, and I wanted to
share those things with you. Perhaps it will encourage
you to go on a mission trip with us!
I enjoyed the deep sense of
teamwork and camaraderie that occurs in a group of
workers. We all got along and enjoyed each other’s
company tremendously. We didn’t have any whiners
or complainers, and everyone handled the unexpected
hardships very well. (Yes, we picked on each
other, but it was good-natured!)
I enjoyed getting out of the
constant news flow that is part of life in America.
For an entire week, I heard very little about
impeachment, Iran, and the other issues that you can’t
escape in America.
On the other hand, I enjoyed
hearing people in another country explain their opinions
about America, Iran, and world affairs. I was
often asked, “What do you think about your President?”
I typically gave as generic an answer as possible, “We
have many in our church who think he’s a great president
and others who do not. As the pastor, I don’t say
much either way except to pray for Him. What do
you think?” I always received an earful.
Understanding other’s opinions—even if you disagree—is
I was reminded how blessed we are
in our country. I saw real joy in the smile of a
9-year-old who was moving into a house. It had
only a plywood floor and a metal roof. The walls
were just studs and the backside of siding. There
was no electricity or plumbing. But she showed us
with a grin she could not contain—as if it were a
mansion—windows that had screens and actually opened and
she was amazed that she had a front door that actually
I grew as a believer and a disciple myself.
Not one of us (not even a pastor) is fully mature.
On a mission trip while we are out of our comfort zone,
God teaches us new things in a different way. It
was healthy for me!
I enjoyed the worship at
Deliverance Baptist Church. Their culture is very
different than ours, but they worship the same God,
praise the same Jesus, sing some of the same songs, are
led by an excellent preacher and musicians, and enjoy
real fellowship together.
I enjoyed seeing some young men
step forward and lead. I’m not much of a
carpenter, so I wasn’t expected to take the lead on home
building. But we have some real expertise in our
church. And seeing these men excel in their areas
of giftedness helped me to see them as they really are
and not just men sitting in a church pew.
enjoyed NOT being the leader. In church life, I do
a lot of leading. On this trip, the team
apparently saw my job as “the guy who signed the
paperwork,” and “paid the bills,” and “prayed.” It
was nice seeing others take the lead for most of the
yet sure of the exact dates of our 2021 trip, but we do
plan on going again. I'd like to ask you to think
about it and pray about it.
And we do plan on going to teach a Vacation Bible
School at the Piñon Gospel Church in Piñon, Arizona,
on the Navajo Indian Reservation sometime in June. I'd
like to ask you to think about it and pray about it.
Obviously, a mission trip is done for God's glory
and to accomplish His work. One of the secondary
benefits is what the trip does for us. It encourages
us, helps us grow as believers, and allows us to see things
we would never see if we hadn't gone.
Join us for mission
work this coming year. Go to Dominica. Go
to Piñon. Or serve in one of our many
ministry projects right here on our own campus!
In the meantime, I'll see you Sunday!
January 24 at 6:00 pm
us for our first Family Fun Friday of 2020! We are
having an Italian themed potluck dinner and old fashion game
night. Families with children of all ages (preschoolers,
children and teens) are invited to bring your favorite
Italian dish (salad, main dish, or dessert) to share and the
church will provide the bread and drinks. If you need some
ideas of what to bring I have suggestions!
We want to offer families an opportunity to “break bread”
together. Research has shown that family meals and
activities like game nights help strengthen families.This
can be even more fun when we include our church family!
Join us Friday, January 24 at 6:00 pm in the gym. Bring your
favorite family game (some will be provided) and an Italian
dish to share, and of course the whole family for Family
Missions Tailgate Party!
We invite you to our missions celebration THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!
It is a sports
"tailgate party" theme. We will serve tailgate party
food, present our 2020 missions plan, enjoy some friendly
competition, and raise funds for our missions ministry.
The party will be this Sunday evening, January 26, at 6:00 pm.
We have a variety of decorated tables. Some are
expected: The Cardinals, The Suns, The Raiders.
And some are a little surprising. We have sports
tables for Agua Fria, South Dakota State, and even the
Dickinson North Dakota Blue Hawks.
Didn't buy a ticket yet? That's okay, just show up.
We have plenty. You can purchase a ticket on Sunday
morning or at the event. They are only $5 each!
Parents do you have
plans for Spring Break?
Mark your calendars
for KIDS CAMP! We are headed to UCYC (United Christian Youth
Camp) for Bible study and worship along with some fun,
relaxation, recreation, hiking, fresh air, good food, and
friendship building! Camp is for kids in grades 1-6 grade.
The cost for camp is $170. Scholarships are available
so let me know right away if you need one. We would love to
see every kid go, that wants to go!
Parents-you want to
go to? We will need adult chaperones to attend as well.
These spaces are limited so let me know if you want to go!
More details will come soon, but it will be here before you
For more info, contact Amy,
your reservations now for Valentine’s Day. This youth camp
fundraiser dinner is Friday, February 14, from 5:00-8:00 pm.
Please plan to attend with your sweetheart or come to enjoy
the company of others as a single in the beautiful
restaurant atmosphere with live music. The menu begins with
a salad and choice of dressing followed by Chicken Parmesan
on a bed of pasta, delectable sauce and garlic bread. The
pièce de résistance is a slice of homemade cheesecake with
strawberry sauce and whipped cream. Couples are asked to
donate $30 and singles $15.
Please plan to join us! Every lady gets a rose!
Reservation tables will be outside the east foyer Sunday
mornings, February 2 & 9. You can also secure your table by
emailing Student Ministries Director Holly Kilfoyle at
Bible Reading Plan!
Through The Bible in 2020!
In 2020, we invite you to read through the Bible with us
using the YouVersion Bible App. I will personally be
using their "One Year Bible" plan. It's a little different
than the plan I've typically used. Each day's reading
has both Old and New Testament readings. It will take
us through the Bible in a year. The app (YouVersion)
is available in both Apple and Android plans.
Want to join me in 2020? You can friend me in the app
(using my personal email address, email@example.com) and
we can communicate in the App. It's an extra level of