2015 Mission Trips Announced

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Missions_200The Wesleyan Mission Team is excited to announce the mission trips for the upcoming spring break.  Students will have the unique opportunity to travel to places near and far to serve God’s people. The mission program at Wesleyan encourages all eligible students to apply for a trip. Teams will be announced in October and meetings will begin taking place once a month leading up to spring break.

Missions Theme: You are the Light of the World
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16

Coed Trips
Atlanta-Urban Plunge (Co-ed):
Dates: Saturday, April 2- Thursday, April 7
Leaders: Greg Lisson and Gabi Martinez-Esteve
Trip Type: Local urban ministry experience/ for students seeking opportunities to explore their faith through service.
Accommodations: Sleeping bags on floor. Rustic, camp-like experience.
Description: Wesleyan will be embarking on another Urban Plunge. This adventurous, challenging, and intense experience will take place right here at home; however, students will be challenged to see Atlanta through different eyes. The team will partner with local ministries that focus on refugee assistance in Clarkston, GA only a few miles from Wesleyan’s campus. In Clarkston, students will have a refugee immersion experience and will most importantly meet and build relationships with families who are seeking refuge and a new life in the US. This Urban Plunge is a unique experience for students at varying places of faith.

Bulgaria (Co-ed):
Dates: Friday, April 1- Saturday, April 9
Leaders: Joseph Antonio and Kerri White
Trip Type: Student Outreach Ministry/ Evangelism/Teaching/ for students seeking opportunities to participate in relational ministry and share their personal faith story.
Accommodations: Rustic hotel
Description: This Wesleyan team will be partnering with Young Life Bulgaria and the Pink Foundation. These ministries work primarily with high school students in the Bulgarian city of Pernik, where Young Life is seeking a deeper connection with the schools of that area. Bulgaria is a place with a long and complex religious history, and Young Life is hoping to reignite a passion for the gospel among the young people of the country. Our team will participate in light construction projects, teach English lessons, lead Young Life club, and support teachers in a local special-needs school. This is a highly relational trip with countless opportunities for conversation and occasional chances to share the gospel. In addition to the ministry experiences, the team will visit the Bulgarian capitol, Sophia, and learn some of the history of this beautiful country.

Guatemala (Co-ed):
Dates: Saturday, April 2- Saturday, April 9
Leaders: Dawson Zimmerman and Leslie Grogan
Trip Type: Medical Mission Trip/ Working with children/ Community outreach/ for students seeking opportunities to grow in their faith through a combination of relational ministry and service work.
Accommodations: Bed and breakfast
Description: The Wesleyan team will be working in and around Guatemala City, Guatemala in partnership with Medical Missions Ministries (MMM). MMM works with established doctors in Guatemala to provide basic wellness checks, and dental care, among other healthcare needs to villages in and around Guatemala City. Each day the team will be operating a vacation bible school, pharmacy/ clinic, and will do home visits in the community they are visiting. Wesleyan’s team will participate in prayer with Guatemalans who are seeking medical treatment and should expect travel to various villages throughout the week. This trip will be for students who are at varying places of faith. Accommodations will be a modest bed and breakfast located in Guatemala City.

Nicaragua (Co-ed):
Dates: Saturday, April 2- Saturday, April 9
Leaders: Andrea Shupert and Lacy Gilbert
Trip Type: Community outreach/ Light repairs/ Home visits/ Working with children/ for students seeking opportunities to explore their faith through service.
Accommodations: Humble bed and breakfast on a coffee farm
Description: This Wesleyan team will work in partnership with HOI-Nicaragua. They will stay on a coffee farm, visit in the community daily, participate in VBS activities with school aged children, and meet various needs and repairs in surrounding communities. They may potentially participate in the operation of the local clinic. HOI Nicaragua is working diligently to create strong relationships in the community and is excited to have an energetic group of high school students to boost their ministry in the community.

 

 

 

Trips for Boys Only
Dominican Republic (Boys):
Dates: Saturday, April 2- Saturday, April 9
Leader: Chris Paroli
Trip Type: Construction/ Sports clinics/ Relational ministry with FCA in community/ for students seeking opportunities to grow in their faith through a combination of relational ministry and service work.
Accommodations: Barracks-style dorms
Description: This Wesleyan team will serve alongside Youth with a Mission and former faculty member and family Mike and Jodi Shaheen in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The boys’ team will be going to the same community the whole week and building a home for a family in the church in San Pedro de Macoris. The entire home will be built in five days. Additionally, they will do sports with the kids, fellowship with the teens, and develop
relationships with the pastors in the community alongside Dominican FCA staff. They will be serving this ministry in big ways.

Guatemala (Boys):
Dates: Saturday, April 2- Saturday, April 9
Leaders: Justin Krueger and Nathan Emmelhainz
Trip Type: Construction/ Working with children/ Community outreach/ for students seeking opportunities to grow in their faith through a combination of relational ministry and service work.
Accommodations: An old home converted into a bed and breakfast. Most team members will be sleeping on the floor as this is a rustic trip.
Description: This Wesleyan team will serve alongside Bridge Builders in Acatenango, Guatemala. The project has 183 children in the Compassion International Program. The Compassion Director in the area is a former Compassion Child and will provide rich insight to the program from her experience. The team will help this Compassion school in building a new classroom and various other construction projects. The team will also provide a few activities with children such as a daily sports clinic.

Trips for Girls Only
Dominican Republic (Girls):
Dates: Saturday, April 2- Saturday, April 9
Leader: Alex Bufton
Trip Type: Relational ministry/ Playing with children/ Delivering supplies to neighboring villages/ Sharing testimonies with women/ For students seeking opportunities to grow in their faith through a combination of relational ministry and service work.
Accommodations: Church/ Preschool floor in sleeping bags/ tents
Description: This Wesleyan team will serve alongside Score International and missionaries Craig and Joanna McClure in San Jose, Dominican Republic. The girls will be living in a village called San Jose, and will sleep in the newly built church/ preschool. San Jose is a small community that the McClures have planted a church in. The girls will be doing relational ministry, playing with children, delivering supplies to neighboring villages, and sharing testimonies with the women. The overall purpose of this trip will be to support the missionaries in building relationships with the community through the church.

Panama (Girls):
Dates: Saturday, April 2- Saturday, April 9
Leader: Megan Trotter
Trip Type: Construction/ Working with children/ Community outreach/ for students seeking opportunities to grow in their faith through a combination of relational ministry and service work.
Accommodations: Humble bed and breakfast
Description: This Wesleyan team will work with local SCORE International missionaries who live in Panama. The team will assist with daily ministry tasks that will serve to strengthen the relationship of SCORE, the church and community. The team will travel to a variety of locations and distances from their home base to work with children, youth, women and families. The team will conduct children’s programs, sports clinics, and English lessons during their time in the villages. They will assist SCORE missionaries in their efforts to establish relationships with those who may not have heard the Gospel. Teams will also participate in a feeding program in villages and tribal communities or provide a Bible study for those being introduced to the Gospel. A variety of opportunities may be presented including playing with children, preparing meals, and sorting donations. Flexibility is key as the team will have the opportunity to visit a different tribe or village daily.

Servant Leader for Middle School Mission Trip
Chattanooga, TN (8th Grade Co-ed):
Dates: Sunday, April 3- Friday, April 8
Trip Leaders: Stephen Mihalko and Dean Jackson
Trip Type: Construction/ Light Repairs/ Yard work/ Relationship building with widows/ for students at varying places of faith.
Accommodations: Sleeping bags on floor of church
Description: Wesleyan will be sending an 8th grade team to Chattanooga, TN, in partnership with Son Servants and Widows Harvest Ministries. This trip will be for students at varying places of faith. Students will be interacting with widows in need of help in and around their home. Projects will vary from construction, cleaning, light repairs, and yard work. Most importantly, students will meet a widow and serve at her home for a majority of the week in order to build a lasting and impressionable relationship. In the evening, the team will hear from people in the Chattanooga area who are dedicated to the Biblical call to serve others and care for the widows and orphans in society. The team will be lodging in a local church.
*** Chattanooga, TN will be bringing a few high school students with them. These students will be applying for this position and will serve as “Servant Leaders” alongside faculty.

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