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Mississippi Spring Break 2017
In addition to our usual service to the church and community in McLain, this year we will be adding some tornado relief in Petal MS, a suburb of Hattiesburg, where there was much recent devastation. Early bird deadline extended to March 10, 2017; Cost: Participant: $375 Leader: $265 Dates: March 30 – April 8, 2017
Mexico Summer 2017
Welcome to la familia Mexicana! The marathon drive to Ensenada is well worth the effort as MOSES comes alongside our friends at Iglesia Principe de Paz in a variety of ways blessings those in the community. Dates: July 11-23, 2017; Cost: Participant: $600 Leader: $400
Toronto Thanksgiving 2017
MOSES partners with the local church in a very ethnically diverse community and serves as needed with painting, building, children’s programs and whatever else. Dates: November 22-26, 2017; Cost: Participant: $100. Leader: $65
Weekend trips can be to a variety of places within a day’s drive, like to Rosedale Park Church in Detroit. Primarily an African American church, they are committed to racial reconciliation. They are also living out the Great Commission by making disciples in their own community. As a means to this end, they are providing many services to assist the under-resourced folks in their neighborhood. Our weekend trips normally are provided for a church youth group – usually high school age, but we can be flexible. These trips often start as great “eye-opener” trips for families with children who have not gone on a service project previously. Dates: Contact us and we can get one on the calendar; Cost: participant/leader: $50
2017 MOSES Mexico Mission Trip Ensenada, Baja California Mexico July 11 – 23, 2017Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Trip Report2017 Mexico Registration
Ensenada 2016 (24 Years...and counting)
Our roots in Ensenada go back to 1992 when Judy took 15 VERY naïve people to a tent city with Azusa Pacific University’s Mexico Outreach. Had we not met Pastors Elsa and Ernesto Cordero on that first trip, we may never have gone back! But, the Lord had a plan, leading us to Iglesia Principe de Paz on that very first trip, increasing our numbers from year to year, to the point that we rented an entire hotel and found a restaurant owner (Chuy) to provide our meals. Although our participation eventually tapered off, the VBS teacher training seminars, started by Nancy Halberstadt, continued to grow by leaps and bounds. We see that the Lord has been using us as facilitators to teach and equip the indigenous folks to teach their own children’s ministries. One other incredible blessing that has resulted from MOSES involvement in Ensenada is the foundation of the Pequeňos Hermanos Children’s Home. This blessing has now come full circle since our participation has no longer warranted renting the hotel and Chuy has closed his restaurant. The Children’s Home has graciously allowed us to lodge there and take our meals with the children. While in Ensenada, we have VBS teams which go out to assist local churches in running their VBS sessions. We also have one or two construction teams, building one or more small homes. Judy teaches two sewing classes with machines donated by a local business. So, in the 23 years we have traveled to Ensenada, we have put down some pretty deep roots. We have many dear friends there and technology has made it easier to be in touch throughout the year. Since we drive all the way to Baja with fifteen–passenger vans and trailers, the trip down and back provides some incredible sight-seeing. The stop-over in New Mexico offers an opportunity to hike and learn about Native American culture.
2017 Spring Break Trip McLain, MS Sparta, MO. March 30 – April 8, 2017McLain, MS. Trip ReportSparta, MO. Trip ReportSPRING BREAK REGISTRATON 2017 Registration
Spring Break 2016
This year’s Spring Break trip will be 10 years of going to McLain Mississippi and Sparta, Missouri. We began going to Mississippi in 2006 after hurricane Katrina. While there was much damage from the hurricane, we discovered that many small rural towns in Mississippi have on-going poverty and racial intolerance. Our response to the poverty of McLain is first of all in building relationships with local citizens, both black and white. We have found the hospitality of this little town to be phenomenal. We seek to improve the quality of life, to the extent that we can, in the short time we are there. We build steps on mobile homes, where there are none or where the existing ones are unsafe. We build ramps for people with infirmities, clean lawns, trim shrubbery, plant flowers, etc. We always enjoy a meal with a local congregation and attend one or more worship services.
2017 MOSES Thanksgiving Trip Toronto, Ontario, Canada November 22 – 26, 20172015 Toronto Trip Report
MOSES trips to Toronto began in 1992. Toronto is a tremendous “melting pot” of ethnicities. People have immigrated there from all over the world, even places I’ve never heard of! We have been graciously received by several churches in Toronto, who have allowed us to sleep on their floors, cook in their kitchens, etc. The major connection we now have is with the aptly named All Nations Christian Fellowship Church. This congregation meets at a building called the “Lighthouse.” Other ministries are carried on at the Lighthouse, including a food pantry, ESL classes and much more. In 2014, MOSES did considerable painting, cleaning in the building and unpacking and organizing food in the pantry. We also helped at some other downtown missions with after-school programs, weighing and packaging food, etc. On Saturday, we assisted with Kids’ Church, a program run for over 20 years by a member of All Nations. Saturday night is a big multi-ethnic feast at All Nations, followed by a time of praise and fellowship. We attend worship with All Nations on Sunday morning before heading back to the USA. Our border crossings are usually quick and uneventful.