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.
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.
This winter, we will be travelling to Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a week to work with CCCD, a group that houses and educates deaf people in Jamaica. Due to a lack of deaf education in Jamaica, deaf individuals are unable to learn, communicate or work. Through CCCD, they are taught sign language and trained to work in a particular trade, such as carpentry or sewing. As a result, they are better equipped to move out into the world and live independent lives. Our team will be participating in work projects and helping the school with afterschool activities.
Mexico Outreach is a short-term missions opportunity to serve in Tijuana, Mexico. For over a decade 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: Angela Munoz or Dominic Dantona
Over winter break students will spend time partnering with an organization called 174 Trust in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Trust is a non-denominational Christian organization seeking to provide a space for community reconciliation in North Belfast. Students will potentially meet with politicians, local leaders, youth groups and members of the Trust, all working towards social peace in Northern Ireland.
To contact a team leader email: Trey Walsh or Rachel Frazee
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.
Gordon students involved in World Focus will spend the last two weeks of winter break serving in Latin America partnering with local churches. The primary focus will be building relationships. In addition, we will work on a construction project, and work with children through the local church. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the culture, history, and religion of the country.
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.
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 spring 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 will make a big difference in the lives of homeless families in this beautiful but earthquake ravaged country.
Our team will be going to Canton, Mississippi to serve with In His Steps Ministries. “In His Steps is a Christian non-profit organization whose mission is to use innovative and specialized ministries to impact the lives of people for the glory of God, specifically to at risk children, juvenile offenders, and their families” in a poverty-stricken area marked by racial tension. We serve with them in a variety of ways, including small construction projects, painting homes, general labor, and activities with children in the community.
The Nicaragua missions trip is a service learning trip over spring break. The trip focuses on serving and creating relationships with the people of Nicaragua in addition to learning and studying the culture of their country. The majority of the trip is spent at CICRIN, an orphanage on the island of Ometepe. Our stay will involve connecting with the children and staff of CICRIN and members of the local church community, working on various construction projects, and immersing ourselves in the culture of Nicaragua.
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. This trip will attempt to discover how we can 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: Brett Olson
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.