Jesus charged us as His disciples to "Go" into all the world and preach the Gospel. Therefore, Global Missions is one of our top priorities here at St. John's. Each year, we send out servant-hearted teams to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit by boldly preaching the gospel of Jesus through church planting, service, and evangelism. Browse below to become more familiar with our Short Term opportunities, Full Time Missionaries, and other ways you can get involved in helping us in our global missions efforts.
Throughout the year, we have teams that travel to places around the globe on mission trips. Those who participate in these trips carry the Gospel with them along with food and supplies to help those in need. Check back here for information on upcoming mission trips and how you can partner with our teams.
YOUTH MISSION TRIPS
Each year students and leaders from our student ministry embark on missionary journeys around the US and the Globe. In addition to the mission work they participate in, they also learn teamwork, planning, and the organizational skills necessary to be successful in missionary work.
Greater Works Outreach (GWO) – This Mission is located in Port au Prince, Haiti. The Greater Works Home for Girls (GWHG) provides a home for about 50 girls between the ages of 4 to 24 years old. The girls at the home are either orphaned or abandoned for mostly financial reasons. Their parents are too poor to be able to care for them or feed them. Emmanuel Merisier is the Director at GWHG and Greater Works Academy (GWA). In 1989 GWA was established to meet the need to educate the girls from GWHG. The Academy quickly expanded to include both boys and girls from the surrounding community. Today there are about 250 children from kindergarten through the 11th grade receiving an education at GWA. In October 2010 an English Institute opened at GWA. This is a dream realized as learning English can increase educational and employment prospects for the Haitian people. GWA provides a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment where students, who might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn. These children receive a solid Christ-centered, developmentally appropriate education.
Since the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, under the leadership of Emmanuel Merisier, improvements have been made on the buildings that withstood the earthquake. GWA reopened in April of 2010 using tents for classrooms. It was a struggle to pay staff, and repair and rebuild the Home and Academy. The tents were deteriorating. In 2011 construction of four new classrooms was completed! A new auditorium was built. The auditorium will be used for classrooms, church services and large gatherings for missions trips when they hold Kid's Club and Rallies.
Missions teams from the US travel to the Greater Works Mission. While there they distribute food to the poor people of Haiti, conduct VBS and Christmas programs, work with and love on the children at the Home and in the Academy and help with repairs and construction sites.
The girls from GWHG have been an incredible blessing by showing God's love to their community. They have helped with VBS, food distribution, medical mission teams and other teams that come to GWHG to volunteer since the earthquake. God gives Emmanuel the wisdom, provision and ability to show God's love to many who come for help through food, shelter, church services and so much more.
Here are several ministry opportunities at GWO:
- Spend 2 months and change a life...Teaching English at the English Institute
- Love Thy Neighbor is a scholarship program ($30/mo) for poor children to attend GWA
- Donations to help rebuild GWO. Make checks payable to GWO.
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Glad Tidings of India & India Bible Literature's vision is to bring the Glad Tidings of the Gospel to India—they have been training and equipping the indigenous church for over 50 years. Rev. William Teate, Jr. of Paradise, PA is their President. The financial support that St. John's sends to Glad Tidings of India each year supports one church planter. Glad Tidings provides education and Bibles to our church planter and sends them to a specific area in India to start a church that will eventually become self sustaining. Our Church planter for 2015 is Gaural Nitin. Our Annual Church planter sponsorship makes it possible for 720 Bibles to be printed; trains & equips an Indian evangelist to plant a church; enables 30 adults to attend Bible-content literacy classes for 10 months; and makes it possible for 500 children to attend Vacation Bible School. How significant it is that funding given to sponsor church Planters is first used to print Bibles. It is the goal that the sale of these Bibles will eventually sustain their ministry.
For more information:
Rev. William D. Teate, Jr., 53 Harristown Road, Paradise, PA 17462-9636
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Scott, Meg , Timothy, Benjamin, Josiah and Elijah Rambo serve with World Gospel Mission (WGM) in East Africa. Their primary ministry focus is training and discipling pastors and other church leaders to plant and grow strong churches in Northern Uganda, Sudan, and in the future, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Rambo's are members of St. John's UMC in Turnersville, NJ. During 2014/2015 they returned from the field, trained, debriefed, fundraised, and welcomed their fourth son, Elijah Ronald into their family. After raising about 80% of the support needed to return to Uganda, they were authorized to return in June 2015. In July 2015 the Rambo family moved from Kampala, Uganda to Kasese in Western Uganda. The Rambo's are partners with Africa Gospel Church in Uganda. Currently, Scott is also the Acting Assistant Field Director for WGM in Uganda. The Rambo's will live in Kasese until the Lord opens doors for them to move into a peaceful, Beni, Congo. Meanwhile in Kasese, they are praying for fruitful and lasting ministry in Western Uganda.
You can learn more about Scott and Meg or contact them at: scottandmegrambo.blogspot.com
Josh, Kelly, Caleb, Seth, Elizabeth and Rebecca Hallahan are serving the Lord with World Gospel Mission (WGM), in East Africa. The Hallahan's serve through University Discipleship Movement (UDM) in Uganda, Africa. This movement's vision is to raise up a passionate generation of transformed university students who will take the whole gospel to the whole world. They will work with existing Christian groups on university and college campuses and help establish discipleship programs and campus churches at universities where Christian groups do not yet exist. Josh and Kelly are both from the South Jersey area and have four children: Caleb, Seth, Elizabeth, and Rebecca. The Hallahan family returned to Uganda on July 17, 2014 after being on Home Ministry Assignment in the USA for one year. Kelly Hallahan is the granddaughter of Pat Young (our church librarian).
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D & M were led by God to Taiwan in late summer 1985 and have been serving the Lord in South East Asia since that time. In addition to pastoring, a large part of their ministry has been with young people, leadership training courses for pastors in restricted areas, and discipleship. D's focus is to encourage young pastors in SE Asia as they carry such heavy burdens and deep wounds. While he is in Taiwan, D stays busy mentoring young men as well as preaching in various churches. M worked at a Counseling Center mentoring HS girls for over 20 years until the end of the school year in 2015 when she retired. The ministries God entrusted to D & M have blossomed as He gave them the opportunity to develop and use the spiritual gifts with which He has blessed them.
George & Harriett Walker spent 18 years with New Tribes Missions (NTM) in Papua New Guinea with the unreached tribal people, the Bisorios. After developing an alphabet for the Bisorio people, the next step was to translate the Bible into the Bisorio language. Harriett and Nobie Kennel taught literacy to the Bisorio. They discipled several of the Bisorio people who are now pastors and great teachers of the Word. The Bisorios now reach out to other tribal groups, teaching them and leading them to put their trust in Christ. George and Harriett continue to return to the Bisorios each year to guide and help the Bisorio church. Some have described George as one of the most gifted teachers and story tellers in NTM. You can read about their life in Papua New Guinea in their book, “What's Going on Downriver?”. George came to the Lord under the ministry of Rev. Howard Gifford at St. John's UMC, Turnersville, NJ. The Bisorio Bible was completed in 2014 and will be dedicated in 2015. George and Harriett plan to attend this dedication.
In the Fall of 2010 George and Harriett moved to NTM main training center in Missouri. George and Harriet consider it a privilege to have an intimate part in training and discipling the next generation of missionaries. Most of those training are in their 20s and 30s and are preparing to take the Gospel to the least reached peoples around the world. George and Harriett's desire is not only to finish well themselves, but to help train others to finish well.
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W and V are serving in West Asia through Wycliffe Bible Translators. They engage in Biblical translation, church leader training and evangelism.
W & V arrived in West Asia 14 years ago. The Lotari people (not real name) had no written language and naturally nothing available for them to read. Today, they have an alphabet, consisting of 41 characters. W functions as the linguistic consultant to the team of people involved, most of whom are citizens of the country.
The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland rebuilds the lives and homes of the physically and fiscally challenged of Cleveland through volunteer mission groups that improve living environments in order to sow seeds of hope for individuals and neighborhoods. After graduating from High School, Becky Trout knew that God had called her to this Mission. Becky learned an entirely new culture while being introduced to a Liberian Refugee Community. She started an after-school program with 45 children, over half of them being Liberian Refugees. The Liberian community was brought to Cleveland in 2004 due to a civil war in their country. Many of the children and teens were separated from their mothers and were brought to the United States under the care of an elderly grandmother. The children had no education and were oppressed by the Cleveland public school system. Nehemiah Mission now represents these children. Becky oversees four girls, working with the schools on the their behalf. Through Nehemiah, Becky works closely with the Liberian community. She also works with teens at an urban church and serves with over 3,000 mission trip volunteers every year. She also works in the Cleveland public schools as a basketball coach and youth leader. Becky assists the Liberian community in case management through an HIV/AIDS organization called Nueva Luz as a translator and appointment assistance. Bible studies were started in the fall of 2015 for the teens as they needed a safe place to experience life and Christ together.
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Sean Lunsford, through Great Commission Ministries (GCM) and New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF) Church, will be reaching out to International Students at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. GCM is a non-denominational, evangelical, missionary-sending organization which partners with local ministries and church networks in the U.S and worldwide. NLCF is a Church community on the campus of Virginia Tech. Their mission is to invest in spiritual growth, invite others to follow Jesus and inspire one another to change the world. There are over 2,800 International Students at Virginia Tech. They come from numerous countries, cultures and faith. These students have left family, friends, and home to further their education. Many of them have never heard the Gospel. Sean will have the amazing opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them for the first time through evangelism and discipleship. When these students return to their home country, they will take all that they have learned in America with them, including the Good News of the Gospel.
KIDS ALLEY is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization reaching out to inner-city children and their families with weekly programs. These children live in the city of Camden, New Jersey considered to be the most violent and impoverished city in our country. An estimated 42.5% of Camden's nearly 80,000 residents live below the poverty line. Kids Alley has been reaching out to the children in Camden since 1998 with a mission, a vision, and a promise.
The Kids Alley mission is to bring immediate RELIEF for children and families in need or at risk; to RESTORE to them their dignity as a human being; to EMPOWER them with the knowledge and support to rise above their circumstances-therefore attaining and sustaining REAL GROWTH.
Kids Alley Learning Center (KALC) is an academic support program offered after school for elementary - middle school students. The Saturday program offers something for children 3 years old through adult. Summer programs are also available. KALC serves as a safe and loving haven with the focus on each child receiving the attention and affirmation he or she needs.
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Why adopt a Mission or a Missionary?
Adoption by definition suggests a level of commitment and an attitude of ownership. Adoption describes the strong relationship that should be between missionaries and the churches, family, and friends that pray and support them.
Adopting a child isn't something that is “done” and then over with, the adoptive parents invest in the life, growth, and development of the child. Adopted missionaries should have the same care and investment. They need to be encouraged and built up regularly.
Won't you prayerfully consider adopting a missionary and invest in them through your support, prayer and a personal relationship through communication. We are not all called to leave our homeland and go to another country, state, or city. But, we are called to be co-laborers and to be involved in the Great Commission to reach souls for Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8)
Adopting a missionary does not have to be a solitary activity. You can join a group of fellow believers and support a mission/missionary together. You can share information, pray together, coordinate care packages, and be an advocate for your mission/missionary together.
How to adopt a Mission or a Missionary?
Prayerfully read about the missions and missionaries above. Ask God to show you what He would want you to do to be a part of His Great Commission. Fill out an Adoption Form via the link below. The Mission Committee will see that you get more information about your adopted missionary.
How you can care for a mission or missionary....
Prayer – Prayer is the life blood of missions-and missionaries need it!!! Nothing is more humbling and encouraging as when someone is told, “We've been praying for you”.
Encouragement & Communication – Email or contact them monthly. If they are in a foreign land it is often like being on another planet and they need people who will keep them connected to the life they left.
Build a Relationship – Invest the time to get to know and understand your mission/missionary. Show interest in what they do. If they visit our church, be their official host.
You can go to http://www.adoptamissionary.info for more ways to care for and pray for your adopted mission or missionaries effectively.
This opportunity can be for Individuals or Ministry Groups!