Declaration Church Missions is a place to look outside of our walls and interact with the church at large.
The mission of VisionTrust International is to develop orphaned and neglected children into mature Christians equipped to live in their own culture. We do this by enabling Christian nationals to meet the physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs of these children.
Dates: August 5-12
Location: El Parédon, Guatemala
Price: Ground Costs are $1,175 for the week, this covers ALL in-country lodging, food, transportation, and team insurance; airfare is separate (we will know an air cost once we know team size).
Purpose: Engage with children and community, possible VBS, and community evangelism; this week will lay the groundwork for future trips and relationships
Organization: VisionTrust International (www.visiontrust.org) – we serve 18,000 children in 17 countries around the world. We seek to Reach those in difficult places, Equip them with resources to be successful, and Transform the child and their community to break the cycle of poverty. We see this best done when we establish relationships and teach children to Live for God and to Love Others.
God’s Garage has a group of mechanics who volunteer their time and talents to repair client’s existing vehicles and rejuvenate donated vehicles which can then be given away.
If a donated vehicle is in great shape, it takes about $300.00 to clean, have inspected, insured, and registered before it can be gifted to someone. Add to that any repairs and the price can shoot up to 6 or $700.00 quickly. As everyone at the garage is volunteers, there are no labor costs, but parts can be expensive.
God’s Garage has a 40×40 fully furnished shop complete with tools, equipment, HVAC, and a waiting room. We average 6 mechanics per night. At the moment they are meeting once a week but have plans to add a night as soon as possible. They have no salaries, and diligently shop frugally for parts and equipment. They also try to provide pizza or a cheap dinner for our mechanics on the volunteer nights.
The Abundant Harvest does this by taking groceries that a store deems unsaleable, and upcycling them into a mobile food pantry of fresh food, and a pop up restaurant. Their long term goal is to build relationships in the community that they are a part of, and through their actions communicate the abundant, unconditional love of God.
The Abundant Harvest’s volunteer needs differs with the different events that we do. They use volunteers to:
- Sit at the table, invite others to sit with them and visit and get to know them.
- Act as servers, calling up orders, or serving on the buffet line.
- Cooks, both prep cooks and line cooks.
- Hospitality for the food pantry, making sure people have grocery bags, are getting their fair share, etc.
- Set up and take down, which is crucial, because we want people around tables, and with chairs.
- You don’t need to know how to cook, we can teach you if you want to learn.
The primary goal of Voice of Wilderness is to communicate the reality of Jesus Christ and the practical application of the teachings found in the books of the Bible. In a complex society such as ours, man has virtually ignored this vital part of an educational process.
The wilderness setting is used as a tool to relate Biblical principles to the everyday needs of the individual. God used the wilderness to deal with His people. Moses, Elijah, David, John the Baptist, and Jesus were all led into the wilderness. The solitude of the natural environment seemed to be the place where God could develop the characteristics that were needed to carry out a given task. Where life is basic, man is more likely to realize his need for dependence on his Creator. Here, an individual can see God’s creation and understand more of His power.
Free from day to day distractions, one can clearly examine the life Christ claimed to give. The wilderness is truly a voice that declares God’s “invisible attributes, eternal power and divine nature.” (Romans 1:20)