Mission Accomplished!

Patti Harshey

The first weekend in June, Pastor Gus Davies commissioned 59 Northlanders into the mission field to serve on a short-term mission. At the time, we asked you, our faithful congregation, to pray for them as they embarked on what would surely be a heart journey.

Since then three teams have gone into the field to show the love and compassion of Jesus to those in need – the poor, the hurting, the sick and the vulnerable.

The Brazil team members traveled on a medical mission boat down the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers, stopping at villages along the banks to provide life-sustaining medical care. But that wasn’t their only mission. They set up an impromptu “salon,” where haircuts, manicures and pedicures took place. They educated about personal hygiene and administered personal hygiene products, including toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap. They ran a VBS for the children and did home visits, where evangelism and prayer took place for women, men and teens. When the day in each village came to a close, they held a worship service, during which it was quite common for baptisms to take place in the river.

Two teams traveled to Jamaica. The high school team literally built a “little blue house” for someone in the community who is homeless. These homes provide shelter and a safe haven for the elderly, the disabled, single moms or dads, and widows. Preparing food and personal item baskets to be delivered to remote locations was also on the agenda, as was running a VBS and feeding station for children in the area. Visiting and praying with the elderly and infirm at St. Anne’s Bay Infirmary was also a vital and important part of this mission team’s compassion work.

The Jamaica family team built a home in four and a half days for a family without one and provided a bed frame and mattress as well as groceries for the family that will occupy its first home. The Northland families interacted with the Jamaican families as they worked on the home together. Working together builds relationships that often continue once the work is completed. Love and laugher are shared in abundance. The team provided VBS for children, which included feeding stations and school supplies.

We cannot thank you, our congregation, enough for the support you have provided these teams through financial gifts and fervent prayer. Without your generosity and faithfulness, this mission work would not happen. We are humbled and grateful that you choose to be part of our mission teams here at home.

Won’t you please continue to pray for the teams that have yet to go where God has called them? The Dominican Republic middle school team and the Costa Rica team depart in July, with a second Brazil team sailing in October. The work they will do includes building a chapel for a local pastor and congregation in the Dominican Republic and working in an extremely impoverished immigrant community in Costa Rica, running a kids Bible club, providing maintenance on homes and helping with construction of a worship center.

Ministry happens because we open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit so He can use us to serve others for His glory. We thank God for those on these mission teams who have answered the call to go, and we thank God for faithful servants such as you who answer the call to be part of the team at home, praying and supporting the work on the field.

Isaiah 6:8-9 says, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (NIV).

For more information on upcoming mission trips, visit somedayistoday.net or contact me at patti.harshey@northlandchurch.net or 407-923-4848.