Short Term Missions

2016 Summer Missions Report

This summer has been an exciting and fruitful one as we took the love of Jesus to many hurting people. From the end of June through the end of July we had a month of powerful outreaches.

It all began with our Summer Intern Program in Elyria and Westlake, Ohio. After three and a half days of training, these amazing Interns hit the ground running. In one area we did outreaches to children in impoverished areas. In another we did a kids camp with the Star Wars theme “The Force Awakens.” They also did an awesome job in helping with work projects in the churches we were working with.

After we finished the Summer Intern program we traveled to Buffalo, NY where we met our team from West Virginia. Along with four adults this team was made up of young children from ages eight to ten years old. These kids were amazing! They learned all the dances, did some work projects and ministered in five Kidz Klubs!

Then it was off to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Gallop, New Mexico where we had a team of sixty people who did an outstanding job reaching our native Americans. The ministry there included a carnival for children and adults, a powerful youth meeting and a children’s camp with “The Force Awakens” theme.

In just that one month we saw hundreds of people give their lives to Jesus. We give all the glory to God and so thankful for all He did during these summer outreaches.


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This has been an amazing summer of ministry! Ministry teams impacted Knoxville, TN, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Navajo Indian Reservation! Over 80 people from 6 states joined with us this summer representing 6 states.

The summer started the first week of June with our second summer trip to Knoxville to work with YWAM, Children’s Ministry Outreach. We had an amazing team come together from all over the country that came to serve Knoxville for a week. The team consisted of children, teens and adults from Michigan, St.Louis, North and South Carolina. They help staff a VBS, Kids clubs throughout the city, feeding the homeless, block parties, clothing distributing and sharing Jesus along the way. What a blessing they were and they expressed how the week stretched them and they saw God’s heart in action!

July started with a return trip to the Virgin Islands, this year to the USVI of St. Thomas. Pastor Donald Beach joined Michael Bailey as they were able to minister at the bi-annual Caribbean District Conference for the COGP. The week consisted of Leadership training and children’s ministry, a total of 10 services all together! It was a blessing to continue to develop relationships with the churches and people of the Caribbean; we look forward to returning next year!

We ended the missions’ summer schedule with our best trip to the Navajo Nation yet! We continue to expand our ministry in Gallup New Mexico each year as this year Joshua Generation Church hosted a day camp “Strong And Courageous” in which we ministered to 177 children. We continued to reach the reservation as well with our 15th annual Family Fun Festival. With a team of 59 people we were able to accomplish so much in just one week including work projects at our host ministry church in Iyanbito. Our team was able to help put a new metal roof on Pastor Mark Thomas home, new siding on the Shower house as well as a roof on the youth minister’s hogan. This was all part of a very successful summer missions season.