New Hope Christian College has a heart for the world and wants to develop leaders with that same heart. Our annual short-term missions’ teams are part of that development, giving students an opportunity to minister in a variety of cross-cultural settings. We have three teams this academic year, and a fourth special opportunity for two of our young men.
First, the special opportunity. Because of the generosity of Eugene Bible College alumnus Ray Rexius, two of our male students will spend two weeks this February in the small village of Mare, Guinea, West Africa with an Open Bible organization called Men of Vision Evangelize (M.O.V.E.). Their assignment? Build a church building for a growing congregation that wouldn’t have the opportunity for a building otherwise. Guinea is a Muslim country and every church built there speaks volumes to believers and unbelievers.
In March, Pastor Steve and Carolyn Poetzl will lead our annual Spring break week outreach to Tijuana, Mexico to minister the love and compassion of Christ alongside Open Bible missionaries, Mike and Cathy Brandt at Puente de Amistad mission base. The team will minister at some of the many drug rehab houses, AIDS hospices and orphanages in Tijuana, as well as to the homeless and prostitutes on the streets.
The month of May will afford our students two great opportunities—one to the Dream Center in downtown Los Angeles and one to Gold Coast, Australia. Led by Pastor Gary Matsdorf, the Australia trip will see students partner with CCCLiVE.TV church in Gold Coast for their annual “Love This City” campaign to influence people for Christ through acts of practical service. Inner city Los Angeles offers many cross-cultural opportunities and the Dream Center team led by Pastor Steve and Carolyn Poetzl will address people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways with the various ministries of the Center. Some of what they will be doing includes playing with neglected and abused kids in difficult neighborhoods, busing people to and from church, serving food to homeless people living on Skid Row, and ministry to victims of human trafficking.