It is our belief that God’s mission in the world is to reconcile all things to the Crucified Lord. Our responsibility is to join in this work.
Gordon College has a long history of service both domestically and abroad. Today that tradition continues through foreign and domestic missions and service learning trips. These trips are sponsored by the Chapel Office and are all student-led/staff-advised and motivated by an evangelical and humanitarian spirit. Each trip has its own mission and each team its own character. These trips have been, and will continue to be, an extremely meaningful and memorable time for those who participate, and represent unique opportunities for individuals to grow in their knowledge of God, the world, self, and others.
Here are the mission trips offered this year:
In May and June our team will be working with the community of Bulembu, Swaziland, a small country located within South Africa. Swaziland has one of the highest AIDs prevalence rates in the world, a negative population growth, and a life expectancy of only 32. In 2006, a team of entrepreneurs and social developers purchased the abandoned town with a clear vision – restore Bulembu to a vibrant, self sustaining community by the year 2020. We will be helping them fulfill this vision, serving in a variety of ways, such as: orphan care, teaching in schools, landscape and building projects, and economic development.
On the Northern Ireland trip, we wrestle with our understanding of peace, conflict, and what reconciliation can and does look like. We do so by meeting with political and community leaders, and by partnering with an organization called 174 Trust, which works towards social peace in the historically divided community of Belfast.
Interested in serving, participating in dialogue, learning about conflict within a culture, and experiencing the beauty that Northern Ireland holds? Click through for more info, or contact us!
To contact a team leader email: Marin Butterworth or Sandev Handy
Our team will spend time with three different organizations in India: Bapatla Children's Home and Bharti Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS) in Andhra Predesh, and Visthar in Bangalore.
These organizations work with orphans, girls at risk for temple prostitution, peace and reconciliation studies, and the rights and needs of the rural Dalit people. We will learn about some of the problems and challenges facing India, have the opportunity to learn from some incredible people, and work with children through VBS, teaching English and helping with other needs.
Our team will spend four weeks in South-Eastern China, sometime towards the end of the summer (July-August). Our time will be split between working with a Church founded by American Missionaries in Guangdong and volunteering at a leper colony located on an island off the coast of Guangzhou. We will spend a little over a week with the church, engaging local culture, leading small groups, and participating in church outreach programs. Afterwards, we will spend several weeks on the leper island ministering to the residents, cleaning and painting the facilities, and providing medical aid to the people living there.
For more information contact the team leaders: TBD
This summer, we will be travelling to Kingston, Jamaica, for two weeks to work with CCCD, the Christian Caribbean Centre for the Deaf. CCCD's goal is to give the deaf community of Jamaica access to the gospel of Jesus Christ, sign language, education, and vocational training. As a result, students are better equipped to live independent lives. Join us as we grow and learn together from our partnership with CCCD in Kingston. Our team will be participating in work projects and after school activities.
Mexico Outreach is a short-term missions opportunity to serve in Tijuana, Mexico. For almost two decades, Gordon has been building a partnership with La Casa de Esperanza, an orphanage located outside the city. As we return each year, our hope is to be ambassadors of God's love to all those we encounter. Our prayer is to grow in humility and cultural sensibility as we seek to better understand the global body of Christ.
To contact a team leader email: Kevin Keohane or Lauren Rossi
Picture this: Winter Break, San Diego. Our team will work with a local immigrant church: serving others, living in community, and taking part in God's love of the immigrant community in southern California by diving into the issues surrounding immigration in the United States—while staying only 12 miles from the US–Mexico Border.
This team will continue Gordon's partnership with Mack Avenue Community Church in inner-city Detroit, exploring how to live the gospel in this troubled urban context. The team will work with Pastor Leon Stevenson, former Resident Director at Gordon College and now one of the pastors at MACC with various ministry projects. (See Pastor Stevenson's chapel address from the spring of 2010: click here). Along with being involved in outreach work and service projects, our team will also learn about Detroit, it's culture and God's great work in it through the testimonies of the people of MACC. Ultimately we will seek to glorify God by learning from His work, serving alongside and fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Detroit, and by bringing a renewed sense of His vision back to Gordon.
To contact a team leader email: Udoka Obiora
Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the historic (and often racist) tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic grew as Haitians seeking refuge flooded to their neighboring country. This region's story has particular importance for us in the Boston area as many of our immigrant neighbors are Haitian or Dominican. Join us this March in the Dominican Republic to learn more about the problems and promise inherent in this island nation and to serve alongside our friends at a Haitian church and school in San Pedro de Macoris.
Since the early 1980's, Gordon has sent work teams during Spring Break to volunteer on the ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO's Mission is to equip people with resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor. ECHO's Vision is to honor God through sustainable hunger solutions. Be a part of that vision and join our work team this year.
For more information contact Craig Story
This team will spend time over winter break building homes for families in need in Haiti. We will work alongside Partners in Development (PID), an organization that has been working in Haiti for over 20 years. Come join us for some hard work that can make a difference in the lives of homeless families in this beautiful but earthquake and poverty ravaged country.
Canton, Mississippi is a city with a unique and rich cultural history. While our team is there, we will be serving alongside In His Steps Ministry: a non-profit organization that reaches out to at-risk children, juvenile offenders, and their families. We will be serving them in a variety of ways, including small construction projects, painting, general labor, and activities with children in the community.
The Nicaragua missions trip takes a dozen Gordon students to the island of Ometepe to aid a local orphanage while being immersed in the culture of Nicaragua. With a focus on serving and creating relationships, students wil spend most of their time with the children in the orphanage and the orphanage staff. While there, students will also connect with the local church community, work on various construction projects, serve people of the church, and expore the country.
We are excited to continue the partnership between Gordon’s Missions program and the city of Portland, Maine. Our team will partner with the Root Cellar, an organization that is committed to community development, and will explore different racial and socio-economic tensions that exist in our own backyard. As we assist the Root Cellar with their programs, such as after school tutoring and food drives, we will attempt to discover how to serve as a local extension of the Kingdom while learning more about, and from, Portland’s vast immigrant population, whose culture is so different from our own. On this trip we hope to foster a generative relationship with the Root Cellar that will continue for years to come.
To contact the team leader email: Sara-Jean Lapitan
We're excited to extend Gordon's mission program to Reading, a small city in southeastern PA with a large immigrant population. In Reading we hope to show Christ's love by supporting organizations and projects that are already accomplishing great things in the city, as well as by learning about the city and the people who live there. This trip will focus on serving these organizations and fostering a relationship between them and Gordon.
In early January our team will travel to the southern most state of Belize called Punta Gorda, the poorest part of the country. We will partner with the international organization, LOL Ministries, where we will have the opportunity to love and nurture orphans, as well as neglected and disadvantaged children and young adults. We will focus our time on bringing restoration through God's love, allowing children and youth to discover their potential, while equipping and releasing them into their future. We will be serving in a variety of ways, such as: orphan care, children's ministry, VBS, on-site construction, ministry in local villages, and exploring public healthcare facilities for Belize citizens.