A Message from Barb Giger, Short Term Mission Chair:

I've been excited to see all the activity in our district of our members going on Short Term Mission Trips! Below you will see some of the trips. My goal is to get an accurate listing of all trips happening with enough time that those interested from other congregations might be able to join or get information so they can start their own trip. Check it out and send your information to me at barb.giger@hotmail.com.

2014 Short Term Trips:

Christ Lutheran, Niantic, CT:

*July 4-July 11 Minneapolis, MN teens working on construction projects, nursing home visits, etc.

*October, 2014 Thailand

ConnectingPoint, Marlboro, MA:

*School Year. Homework help for community. See website for more information: www.connectingpointchurch.org/homework-help/

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Bedford, MA:

*End of June, beginning of July. Team of 22 to Hungary.

Lutheran Church of the Way, Raynham, MA:

*July 24- August 4 VBS in Tanacross, Alaska, led by the Bob and Barb Giger (barb.giger@hotmail.com)

Mt. Calvary, Acton, MA:

*July 19-27 Appalachia Service Project in Knox County, KY. 30 senior high, 12 adults - construction projects. Contact: William Mennell

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield
*June 6-18 Kenya Medical Mission Trip with LCMS Mercy Medical Teams (5 of our church members served on the trip; 8 others from throughout the USA served; we will let the district know when we do another mercy medical trip as others from the district could certainly serve on these teams as well)
*July 11-19 Youth Mississippi Missions Trip to Jackson, Mississippi (8 teens, 4 adults)
*July 13-24 Bolivia Mission Trip to Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Matthew Beish)
*August 10-22 India Mission Trip to Dehra Dun, India (4 adults going; the focus is training elementary and middle school teachers at Christian schools; most of the children who attend the schools are from Hindu and Muslim families so the schools are a real outreach in Jesus' Name)
*August 25-28 Portland, Maine MissionTrip to'The Root Cellar' a ministry to refugees and their families (day trip options; children may serve with a parent; teens and adults welcome to serve; ministries include VBS, service projects and more)

St. Paul's, Providence, RI:

*Fall, 2015 Short-term experiences being planned for specialized workers for the Gbarnga Mission in Liberia. Check out website (www.gbarngamission.org) or see article below for more information.


Short Term Mission Opportunities in Liberia (West Africa)
The Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project ("Gbarnga" is pronounced "Bonga") is a mission started by St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Providence, RI) with the goal of constructing and staffing a Lutheran primary, secondary, and vocational school near the city of Gbarnga in rural Liberia. The Lutheran Church in Liberia has donated a 15-acre site for our school campus. There are many short-term mission opportunities:
  • We are looking for teachers who may be interested in a minimum one year commitment starting in fall 2015 to both teach classes and help train and mentor Liberian teachers. Recent graduates through retired educators are welcome!
  • Electricians and plumbers are needed during construction January-March 2015 to work alongside Liberians to build the school campus infrastructure.
  • Individuals with expertise in solar electricity are needed as this site is completely off-grid.
For more information about our mission, visit our website at www.gbarngamission.org or contact Pastor Leon Schultz by email: director@gbarngamission.org or phone: 401-941-5100.   

                  

God uses short term mission trips to change lives 
-- for the senders, the servers, and those being served. Mission trips are not only opportunities to serve "the least of these”, they deepen one's faith, develop humble servant hearts, inspire participants to love God's people and share His care for others through us.

The goal of the NED Short Term Mission Trips Coordinator is to educate, motivate, and activate the congregations of the NED for greater involvement in Short Term Mission Trips. The ultimate goal, based on the NED Blueprint for Missions  is to have 50% of NED congregations participating in short term mission trips by 2015. Check out the new "Short Term Mission Trips" brochure and contact Barb Giger
at barb.giger@hotmail.com  for more information on how to plan your first trip or expand your existing short term mission trip ministry.

         STM Brochure                     contact barb.giger@hotmail.com

Short Term Mission Trip Opportunities
 
1  Serve Now Spotlight (updated 4/16/2014)
LCMS World Mission has many service opportunities available for GEO (Globally Engaged Outreach) and short-term missionary service. GEO missionaries are globally engaged in outreach and typically serve for terms of 1-2 years. Read more about these opportunities in the LCMS Reporter. To find short term mission opportunities go to http://vms.lcms.org/VN_search.asp and click on a topic under "Download Print Version".
 

Click on the following links to explore
a wide range of domestic and international short term mission trip opportunities both within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and among auxiliary Christian organizations. Emphasis has been placed on organizations that have partnered with NED congregations within past years. To discuss the experiences of a particular congregation with one of these partner organizations, please contact Barb Giger at  barb.giger@hotmail.com.
 

2 The following provide links to ongoing opportunities within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS):
3 The following are LCMS "Recognized Service Organizations" (RSO) and other sending organizations of the LCMS with whom at least one congregation within the New England District has partnered for a past short term mission trip:
 
4 The following are other Christian organizations with whom at least one congregation within the New England District has partnered for a past short term mission trip: