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.
Some examples of this year's mission trips:
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.
The new Boston mission trip is centered around the exploration and re-evaluation of faithful community living. Through service with a number of homeless ministries and urban development programs such as Starlight Ministries and Eagle’s Nest Learning Center, we invite you to consider commitment to another person’s holistic well being as an interpersonal mission. We recognize that perspective is paramount in this effort, so we will spend time seeing the city through the eyes of a man who has been homeless for 10 years. This will be a continuous point of discussion as we practice and reflect upon ways to implement love for those right in our midst.
To contact a team leader please email: Margaret Cashman
This March 2016, a team will be headed to San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic to serve and learn at Colegio Moriah, a Haitian and Dominican community filled with high spirits and energy. Throughout our time there we will develop wonderful relationships, help with work projects, work in the school, learn about the history and culture in the DR, attend worship services, and grow in Christ as a team. We will also venture out and experience many sides of the beautiful culture that is present in the Dominican Republic.
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.
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.
For more information, please email the chapel office.
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.
For more information, please email the chapel office.
Gordon College is excited to partner with ELIC (English Language Institute - China) in their Middle East initiative in Jordan in the summer of 2016. Students will have the opportunity to teach English with those adversely affected by the Syrian conflict.
Jordan could be the place where you find tangible ways to bring restoration, language skills, and new opportunities to people needing to reinvent their lives on the other side of tragedy.
For more information, please contact the chapel office
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: Kelly Turk or Roger Evans
NEW YORK CITY
In March 2016, Gordon College will begin a new relationship with an organization in New York City called New York City Relief, colloquially known as the Relief Bus. The Relief Bus outreach consists of two former school buses, customized into mobile resource centers to help the poor and homeless. Gordon College students will have the opportunity to serve on the Relief Bus as well as do a night outreach to New York’s Midtown and Penn Station. Students will interact with NYCR staff who have dedicated their lives to loving the homeless population in New York, learn and begin to understand the issues that lead to this problem, and discuss best practices for how the body of Christ can engage in being a part of a holistic solution.
To contact a team leader email: Sarah Finnie or Nick Hannigan
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 will 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 explore the country.
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: Maggie Connolly or Liam Adams
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: Alissa Frederico
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.
What do you know about immigration reform?! This January our team will dive into the issues surrounding US immigration in San Diego by partnering and spending time with a local Mexican-American church, living with one another in community, and asking what it truly means to "love your neighbor" -- while living only 12 miles from the US-Mexico border.
Are you interested? Contact the team leader: Lourdes Rojo
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.
For more information please email the chapel office.
Chestnut Mountain Ranch is a Christ-centered safe haven for boys and families in crisis, located six miles south of Morgantown, West Virginia. The ranch exists to be a place for family restoration, where boys can enjoy school again, and all can experience positive family values.
This will be the first year that Gordon has the opportunity to come alongside Chestnut Mountain Ranch, and the team will jump in to assist in the construction of a new school. Besides the work projects, students will have the opportunity to model Christ-centered values, build meaningful relationships, and enjoy God's beautiful creation. We're excited to begin this new partnership!
To contact a team leader email: Robert Deckert
Gordon College is excited to begin a new partnership this summer with Mission to Ukraine, an organization founded on a heart for the marginalized and overlooked of society. MTU works primarily with children with disabilities, giving them access to much needed medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more.
Mission to Ukraine Summer Camp is one of the best things that happens all year in Zhytomyr. It's a place where kids with disabilities are shown God's all-encompassing love through the leaders and student volunteers.
Check out this blog to read more about Mission to Ukraine Summer Camp.
For more information, please contact the chapel office.