By KATHRYN ACREE and MADOLINE MARKHAM
280 Living talked to area churches about the mission trips they took this summer around our city, state, country and world.
Asbury United Methodist Church
In June, a team of 31 adults and youth traveled to Costa Rica to focus on making improvements and repairs to a missionary church. The team also was able to spend time with the children in the community making crafts, playing games and sharing love.
Another group of 59 adults and youth traveled in late June to Four Winds, Mont., to serve the Native Americans who are recovering from flooding in the area.
Also, in July a team of 14 adults went to the Kampala area of Uganda to work among the homeless and orphans.
In addition, Asbury has had teams go to tornado affected areas in Pleasant Grove, Pratt City and Hackleburg on 18 different occasions aiding with debris removal and site clean up.
Meadow Brook Baptist Church
In June a team of 30 church members traveled to Eau Claire, Wisc., to assist with ongoing construction at Jacob’s Well Church. Meadow Brook Baptist members worked alongside teams from Mountain Brook Baptist and Valleydale Church as part of Birmingham Builders from Christ.
Additionally, two Meadow Brook Baptist Church members traveled in July to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to be part of a church planting and medical team through E3 Ministries. They worked in a local eye clinic as well as doing door-to-door evangelism. They also visited the Hogar Fatima orphanage to spend time with the children and deliver donations.
Christ Church United Methodist
In May, Christ Church sent a team to a closed nation in East Asia to work with the underground church in Gospel sharing, disciple making, and training to share the Gospel in the Middle East.
In June, a team traveled to Honduras to work with a ministry on constructing a medical clinic, painting a church and training churches in church multiplication. They also sent a team to the Middle East to host an eyeglass clinic, to perform music ministry and plant seeds of the Gospel.
In July, they sent a team to Costa Rica to share the Gospel and construct a parsonage, a medical team in Peru and a sending a medical team to Ecuador.
The church has also continued its work on home construction and assisting in schools in the East Lake area of Birmingham and will send mission teams to India and Rwanda this fall.
Double Oak Community Church
The church sent 15 people to the Yakama Indian Reservation in Toppenish, Wash., for the fifth year in a row. They held a Vacation Bible School, helped develop their youth ministry and completed service projects on the reservation. Four teenagers the church has gotten to know from the reservation came to Birmingham first to help VBS at Double Oak and flew back to YaKama with the team from Birmingham. “It’s been exciting to see the change in those kids in the past four and a half, five years,” church administrator Tim Cotton said.
The church’s youth group also went to downtown Chicago in July to do street evangelism and service projects through Lampstand Ministries.
Inverness Vineyard Church
In June, a group of 24 adults and youth went to Cincinnati to participate in a Summer of Service week. Also, this summer two members went to Beijing and Hong Kong to work with Forever Love and St. Stephen’s Society. Two college students from Vineyard went to the Philippines as a part of a ministry that works with young gang members and rescues women out of the sex trade.
Liberty Baptist Church, Chelsea
Liberty Baptist sent a group of 24 adults and high school students to Turlock, Cali., to host a sports camp at a local Baptist church. The team then spent afternoons doing painting and light construction work at other area churches needing assistance.
Sixty-nine church members participated in a three-day tornado relief effort in the Pleasant Grove area. They also focused relief efforts in Calhoun County and the Ohatchee area that were affected by the April tornadoes by partnering with the Calhoun Baptist Association.
Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church
A team traveled to an urban area just outside Toronto, Canada, to run a Vacation Bible School at a new church plant.
A group of high school students went on an evangelism, discipleship and mercy ministry trip where they worked with other high schoolers in Northern Ireland doing home repair forsog needy families. They also worked with a local church.
Another high school group went to an inner city, multi-racial community in St. Louis for tutoring, kids camp and work projects.
A team went to an Indian reservation in Yakima, Wash., to run a Vacation Bible School and did home repairs.
The church will send a team to a church planting conference in Hakone, Japan, in November.
St. Mark the Evangelist and Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Churches
For the sixth year in a row, St. Mark teamed up with Our Lady of the Valley other Birmingham Catholic parishes to complete repairs on six homes around Eutaw, Al.. The church works with the Consolata Sisters of Greene County to identify people in need and to work with them to complete the projects.
First Christian Church
After two years of fundraising and preparation, the youth at First Christian Church traveled to the Holy Land for 11 days in June. In addition to their own journaling and other creative expression of the impact this trip has on own lives, the students engaged in numerous service projects with local Israeli and Palestinian believers.
Cross Bridge Church of Christ
A team of ten worked with Mission Lazarus to send a team to Honduras to train people there to make and build things.
Grace Presbyterian Church
Grace teamed up with an Atlanta church to provide a week of summer camp for international refugee children through Friends of Refugees from Clarkston, Ga. The camp serves approximately 120 children in kindergarten through 8th grade.