Are you handy? Like to serve but not quite ready to travel around the world yet? Join us at BLOC Ministries this Fall as we tear down the old and construct the new! BLOC has acquired a building and it needs to be renovated on the inside. You don't have to commit for the whole 13 weeks, if you can even come once, then sign up so you can receive the emails and join us when you are able - we'd love to have you!
Bring gloves, hammers, demolition tools and be prepared to clean up drug use paraphernalia. We ask for people to be 18 and older to participate and need the group to stay together while working.
General Build Team to work on the school at Laragel. General labor is needed to carry and sift sand, work with concrete, and dig the foundation. Laragel is located about an hour outside of Grand Goave, up a beautiful creek into the hillside. The church, which was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2017, has been rebuilt and now we are working on the school. A second team is also needed, with more skilled labor - plumber, carpenter, electrical etc. This team will be renovating Mission House #1 right on the Grand Goave campus. Both teams will stay in the dorms in Grand Goave.
Join us in beautiful Austria to renovate the seating area in TCM’s library. This team will demolish the existing finishes and office area before installing new walls to create a functional and beautiful seating area for students to study and work together. We really need an electrician and anyone skilled in drywall, paint, and carpet installation. We also need people to work alongside our ‘experts’ who don’t necessarily have training, but have a willingness to work hard!
You’ve packed meals for Haiti, now help distribute those meals! We’re sending a team to Lifeline to build a home or two and distribute those meals. Lifeline is a great first time mission trip - you stay in air-conditioned dorm rooms and eat mostly American food. All the water on campus is filtered and clean. You get to work alongside Haitians and experience all the programs Lifeline offers - Infant / Toddler Nutrition Program; Children’s Home; Build a home; Prayer walks; Church services; and the school. There is something for everyone on this trip - no specific skills required. BUT! If you have specific skills, let us know and we will put those to use.
This trip is open to all Medical Professionals and students. You will be spending time at the Clinic in Grand Goave as well as going out to surrounding communities to provide health screening and services.
Just about any specialty would be great but these are the ones that are most needed to have in this area in Haiti: Pediatrician, OB/GYN, Orthopedist, G-I, internal Medicine, Ophthalmologist and or Optometrist, Dentist, Family medicine and more. With a good diversity of specialties it allows Lifeline to do Mobile Clinics and take services to people who would most likely not have specialists treating them.
Founded in 1980, Lifeline Christian Mission serves thousands every day in schools, clinics, nutrition programs, churches, and children’s homes. This trip is open to all Medical Professionals and students. You will be spending time at the Clinic in Grand Goave as well as going out to surrounding communities to provide health screening and services.
Founded in 1980, Lifeline Christian Mission serves thousands every day in schools, clinics, nutrition programs, churches, and children’s homes around the world. In Honduras, you will be spending time in all of these ministry areas, as well as serving right on campus doing work projects like painting, tile work, drywall - whatever skills you have, Lifeline will use! There are opportunities to have mini VBS like programs in the school and Girls Home, as well as prayer walks and Bible Studies and helping with sponsor children.
You’ve packed meals for Haiti, now help distribute those meals! We’re sending a team to Lifeline to build a home or two and distribute those meals. Lifeline is a great first time mission trip in Haiti. You stay in air-conditioned dorm rooms and eat mostly American food. All the water on campus is filtered and clean. You get to work alongside Haitians and experience all the programs Lifeline offers - Infant / Toddler Nutrition Program; Children’s Home; Build a home; Prayer walks; Church services; and the school. There is something for everyone on this trip - no specific skills required. BUT! If you have specific skills, let us know and we will put those to use.
TCM develops effective Christian leaders of disciple-making movements impacting their churches, cultures, and countries for Christ. While on the trip you will meet students from Eurasia and serve them in various ways including; preparing meals and snacks; cleaning rooms; working on the grounds; and working in maintenance. These students are currently active in ministry positions in their countries, and come to Haus Edelweiss for a condensed class time with faculty from Europe, Australia, and the US. You will also spend a day visiting Vienna, and Sunday afternoon in Baden. While in Austria you will be able to sample delicious pastries, delightful ice cream, and rich European chocolates.
Here's a few answers to our most common questions.
Will I be able to communicate with people at home?
Each ministry has guidelines on phone and internet use. Sometimes you will be able to communicate with the people at home through phone or internet. Check with your phone carrier about international calling options. Usually your loved ones will be informed of your safe arrival through the ministry personnel or your team leader.
How much personal spending money should I take?
You may be able to shop while on the trip. Your purchases will be personal items, i.e. food in airports; gifts and souvenirs; etc. so generally $50-100 is sufficient. It is wise to exchange money prior to leaving the U.S. Check with your bank about money exchange. 5/3 Bank will exchange money for the currency where you are going, though you need to give them 3-5 days notice of the amount and country where you are going.
Will we attend church while on this trip?
Yes, in most cases we will attend local congregations. Your team leader will suggest appropriate clothing for church; generally dresses or skirts and blouses for ladies, and khakis and polos for men though, in Haiti, men who are preaching will need to wear ties. Services in foreign countries may last much longer than US church services. You will experience various languages in the service and may not always recognize the music sung and played.
What is the Dress Code for my trip?
You are representing God, Southland Christian Church, and local mission partners. Modesty is the key to all clothing you decide to bring with you. In humility please follow the dress code of the mission organization. If you are questioning whether or not you should bring it, then leave it at home. You will be given a packing list that is applicable to your ministry location. Depending on the location and cultural norms, you may need to adjust your dress code. Pack far less than you think you need, and in some cases there will be laundry facilities available. Check for the weather in the country where you are headed here: World Weather
Do I need vaccinations or specific medications for my trip?
Depending on where you’re going on your ministry trip, vaccinations and medications may be recommended by your doctor; this is especially true in Haiti. You can also search online at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel to see what is recommended.
Do I need a passport? Do I need a visa?
Yes, if you are traveling outside the USA you need a passport. If you need a passport go to: http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds11/ds11_842.html to apply. If you have a passport please make sure you have at least 6 months remaining before expiration as you complete your trip, otherwise you need to renew your passport.
Visa - if a visa is needed, Global Outreach will provide a link to the appropriate consulate. If needed, complete the visa application and bring it to the Global Outreach office, along with your passport, and two 2”x2” passport acceptable photographs.
What electronic equipment should I take?
You will probably take your phone, but be prepared to surrender it to the ministry office in some instances. Only if you are asked to present (teach or preach) should you take other electronic equipment. Haiti uses the same plugs as the US, but Austria uses a different plug. If you are taking electronic equipment, you are wise to purchase a universal converter so you will have the right plugs for anywhere in the world. Taking expensive cameras is not always wise, but your team leader will help you know if these cameras are appropriate.
What does a daily schedule look like?
Each ministry trip has it’s own schedule, but generally you will begin the day between 7:00-7:30 am and engage in work often until after the evening meal, served usually about 6:00pm. Generally, there are break times built into the day. Evenings will allow for team devotions and reflections on the day. Some of the places we visit generate their own power, and they will turn the generators off at 8pm.
What are the age requirements to go on a mission trip?
Great question. The answer is, it depends! Each partner sets their minimum age requirement for a trip, but sometimes even those will vary by the trip. As a general rule, anyone 14 and over can go to Haiti and if you are under the age of 18 you will need to travel with a parent / legal guardian.