Projects done by churches in Indiana that received Mission Match® funds
Congregation in Indiana sends a team to Haiti to work on a construction project, feed hungry children, and provide medical/dental assistance. (click to open/close)
A non-denominational congregation from Indiana received its second Mission Match Matching Contribution to send a team to Haiti to work with a Christian agency there. The team worked on a construction project to build a girls' orphanage. Although the team did not see the project through to completion, several of the team members plan to return this winter to continue the construction. Other members of the team provided rice and beans to local children, many of whom get only one or no meals each day. The team also provided medical and dental services. A response from the congregation’s follow-up comments stated:
"Our team averaged 150 patients a day in the medical clinic (with a high of 195 on the last day) and 100 patients a day in the dental clinic. We saw some very ill people - some we were able to heal (in Jesus' name) and some we were only able to comfort. We prayed with many of them!"
Additional follow-up comments were, "Our goal at [church] is to get people thinking globally. If they don’t feel called to go on mission trips, then financially support those who do feel called."
The congregation's initial application letter stated, "We are very excited that more people are interested in going to Haiti this year. It is our desire to eventually have teams going on international trips several times a year." On this mission trip, there were new members on the team, for whom this was their first mission trip. Follow-up comments stated, "They both said that the trip was life-changing, and they plan to return to Haiti next year!"
A Missionary church in Indiana sends a team of youth to Mexico to help build a house for a family in need. (click to open/close)
An Indiana congregation sent a teen mission team to partner with a local helping agency in Mexico, helping build a home for a family in need. The family consisted of a woman, her daughter and son-in-law, and their four girls.
The mission team also distributed food to families and provided toys to a local daycare. As stated in their follow-up comments, the mission team members strived to "show the love of Christ to those we came in contact with."
When asked about how Mission Match helped the congregation in their mission giving and awareness, the response from the youth pastor was, "I believe it [Mission Match] did help spur our congregation to more missional giving. I heard from many people who were excited about our upcoming trip, then we shared when we returned and the same people were asking about when we would be going again!"
Congregation in Indiana provides help in building a home for a pastor and his family, visit homes near the site to distribute food, Bibles and pray with those in need. (click to open/close)
A Southern Baptist Church congregation in Indiana received its first Mission Match Matching Contribution for a team trip to Nicaragua. They planned to build a house for a local pastor, and reach out into the community.
Some years ago, the mission agency coordinating the trip asked this same pastor if he wanted a new home, since rain poured in his roof. At that time, the pastor said he would prefer Sunday school classrooms so the children could gather. The agency built the classrooms back then.
Now, the mission agency wanted help building the pastor in Nicaragua a home. That’s where the Indiana congregation came in. The mission team spent one week building the new home, as well as, going door-to-door distributing food, Bibles and praying with those in need. They also invited the local people to attend a nearby church.
Congregation in Indiana sends team to Haiti to provide help in building shelter for a girls’ orphanage and distribute food to children. (click to open/close)
A non-denominational church in Indiana received a Mission Match Matching Contribution to send five church members to go on a mission trip to Haiti with a Christian relief ministry. The follow-up report stated: "The trip was originally supposed to be a medical/dental mission … God put together a different team than was expected. We had many construction/builders so some of the team worked on a girls' orphanage to provide shelter for children while others fed beans/rice to hungry children."
Additional follow-up comments were: "The trip was a HUGE success! … The team came back passionate about missions with plans to go back to Haiti as soon as possible. They are 'whetting the appetite' of their church family … in hopes of recruiting more people for mission work. None of this would have been possible without your help!"
Congregation from Indiana sends mission team to Haiti to teach, and build, and love. (click to open/close)
A Southern Baptist church in Indiana received its first Mission Match Matching Contribution to send church members on a mission trip to Haiti. While there, the team ran Bible schools and provided nourishment for children, helped finish construction on a hospital bathroom, and completed the plumbing and wiring for a girls’ transitional housing project.
The follow-up report stated: "empty tomb Mission Match was such a huge blessing. It afforded life changing work in the hearts and lives of all who participated. The team will be forever challenged to do more than ever!" The congregation "dug deep and gave from their hearts" in order to collect the monies needed to provide food for the extended village they were hosted by. Additional follow-up comments were: "As a result of this trip, a total of 17 people have committed to sponsoring 20 children." The team wants to return to Haiti in 2016.
Congregation in Indiana provides funds to help a mission team build a house for a homeless family, do a VBS program and distribute food to the hungry in Mexico (click to open/close)
According to the Mission Match application materials, “We will be building a house for a family in need. We will also be handing out food, water and clothes to many people who are working/living in a landfill. We will be putting on a Vacation Bible School for some of the kids in the area, and sharing the Gospel with those we are serving. We will help supply a daycare food pantry with food and water to give to kids and their families who do not have their basic needs met.”
According to follow-up comments from the congregation, “Our goal was to go to Mexico and meet physical needs of some of the people who live there, and after meeting the physical needs, to share the love of Christ with them. We did accomplish that goal! God’s name was glorified!”
In response to how Mission Match helped the congregation grow in their mission giving and awareness, the follow-up comments from the congregation stated, “… knowing that their contributions would be matched encouraged people to give who normally wouldn’t have given. Then upon hearing the mission team share what God did, they will be encouraged about what God did with their gift. This is an incredible program that allowed us to have a much greater impact than we could have had on our own. Thank you.”
Congregation sends mission team to work on improvements to community center and medical center in Belize (click to open/close)
According to Mission Match application materials from the congregation, “We are attempting to revitalize our church mission spirit. We have made some short trips during the past year, and are undertaking a giant step of sending a small team of 7 to 9 to a mission in Belize. We will use the matching funds to help fund the trip for our team and for supplies. … It is hoped that this small starter group can find an energy to expand our mission outreach and to make Christ centered missions more a part of our conscious giving.”
The Mission Match application materials also stated, “While on the ground in Belize we will be making physical improvements to the community center and to a medical center. The community center is a gathering place and a major source of the outreach that CSI uses to develop relationships. One of the other projects may include constructing bleachers for outdoor basketball courts, another strong point of contact for the CSI missionaries.”
Follow-up comments from a mission team member in the form of a story stated, “The … church in Belize is a small church in a relatively rough neighborhood. … By American standards the church building is closer to a shack than a church, but by Belizean standards it is well above average. … The church yard is flanked by two concrete block walls. The one on the right is brightly painted with a colorful Bible verse running it’s roughly 100 ft. length. The wall on the left is bare concrete blocks and topped with razor wire to keep kids form climbing it.
“At the front of the yard stands a brightly painted picket fence with one picket missing. … We enter the church and find it clean and in good condition. We are not here more than 5 minutes before the first young girls arrive, … around 5 years old or younger. … They just want to be loved and played with. … It’s not long before a young girl walks up to me and says, ‘Bop me.’ Bop me … means more than just pick me up. I swing her side to side and she lays her head back. She just giggles as she is swung. … The next thing I know we are taking our ‘selfie’ and she’s taking photos of everyone in the yard. Every photo needs to be looked at so we look at it and show the person we photographed. … Almost everyone on our team is playing with or talking to a child. Finally, … we get ready to leave. It is time for last hugs. As we leave the ladies sing ‘Jesus Loves Me” with the children. Sitting in a 2nd story porch watching and listening is a man who just minutes before was cursing his children.
“We arrive about 8:30 am … to beat the heat. When we return there is far more trash than before. … [Team members] started picking up trash while the rest of the team starts painting the wall. It goes quickly … the yard is clean and the wall is painted.
“Our afternoon plans change, which has been a common theme for this trip. Rather than sit and do nothing we return to [the church] to paint ‘Jesus Loves Me’ on the wall. It turns out to be one of the biggest blessings of the trip. … It is 2:30 pm, and school is out for the day, and as [our] van starts to pull up to the church, the kids know what is happening. A few of them chase the van down the road. [One] runs through the gate with his arms wide open and hugs the first person he comes to …
“We spend another hour or so hugging, bopping, twirling, playing with and loving the kids. We once again make our exit to the van, saying goodbyes and giving final hugs.
“The rest of the trip gave me time to think. If you are like me, you wonder if you’d be a better steward of God’s gifts simply by sending money to places like Belize … I cannot give you an answer, but I know that you can not put hugs, bops, and laughter in an envelope, and that as Christians we are called to GO!”
Congregation in Indiana works with missionaries currently in Brazil, using drama, prayer walks, VBS, and testimonies. (click to open/close)
Mission Match application materials from the congregation indicated the mission team included many teens and the church’s goals included helping “teens see our missionaries in action” and “learn to share their faith in practical ways through testimony, hard work and prayer.” The application materials also indicated other goals such as, “give our teens a ‘first-hand experience’ of what life is like for the rest of the world; build unity among the teens and the adults to influence life change; share the gospel to unsaved Brazilians; and learn to work as a team.”
Additional goals stated in the Mission Match application materials for the mission team included “challenge them to rethink their way of life and plans for the future; think how to transfer what they learned back into their own culture -- strengthen missions awareness in their church, impact their friends, etc.” The materials also stated goals of “lovingly and intelligently push them out of their comfort zone forcing them to rely on the Lord in a new way; revolutionize their view of how missionaries look what they do, and how God treats them; effect lasting change in their personal relationships with God; build a new awareness of God’s love and power through their exposure to God’s work in the Brazilian Christians’ lives; and offer them practical ways to maintain an exciting personal walk with God upon their return to the US based on lessons learned.”
Follow-up comments from the congregation included with the photos showed the group from the church “right when we got back. God was so good on this trip.” Photos also showed the group performing a dramatic skit for the Brazilian church and “one of our teens sharing her testimony at [a school] run by Compassion International in Sao Paulo, Brazil.” Another photo comment stated, “We had work day to help the church in their construction project. We moved a lot of rubble, sand, gravel and wood to clear room.” Comments also included, “Our goal was to be used by God to impact the people of Sao Paulo, Brazil and to be changed ourselves by His love and grace! Through the sharing of our testimonies and dramas 87 teens and children prayed to accept Jesus into their hearts. We also had one lady at the church we served at accept Christ. All of us were drawn closer to God in being used by Him to help changes lives. We all came back excited to see God move in and through us.”
Additional follow-up comments from the congregation indicated eyes were “opened to the need of God’s love in the world around us … [and] … the best way to reach people for Jesus is to have personal contact on the ground in those countries through relationships and human contact. This trip changed the lives of all who went on the trip. We will never forget what God did through us and the blessing of being His tool.”
Congregation in Indiana serves with sister church in Brazil doing leadership training, discipleship classes, spiritual and Biblical training, evangelism, witnessing, children/teen/young adult discipling (click to open/close)
The mission team of the pastor and three other individuals reported in follow-up comments received at Mission Match that "our goal was to work specifically with the [local church] in Brazil. We taught all age groups various Bible stories and lessons and conducted daily evening church worship services. The theme for this trip was Jesus Christ being the center of our lives and all of us are to 'fish' for souls for the Kingdom of God."
"The week was filled with various ministry opportunities. [Team members] spent many hours teaching youth and children Bible stories, games and the love of Jesus. On the last day there was nothing scheduled for those kids, but they all showed up and pleaded for our leaders to teach more. [Team members] were more than willing to provide yet another time of teaching Jesus Christ."
Additional comments from a team member stated, "[A team member] led a marriage conference class early on a Sunday morning. When the session began there were 104 in attendance, including a young couple who had just gotten married the evening before! In addition, three couples were there who had just gotten saved during Bible Study meetings held in homes days before. God was in that service and many marriages were strengthened and encouraged."
"[The pastor] led several midnight Bible studies called 'Bible in Hand, Ball on Foot.' These were held on a cement soccer field, where many young men who are on the streets come and 'hang out.' Well over 100 were presented with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor even scored a goal during one of the soccer games!"
"[The pastor] preached nightly revival services at the church. With the help of an interpreter God’s messages were made clear and understandable. After traveling 12,700 miles, working for 10 days, and speaking at 22 various settings, to approximately 1,200 people, 11 people repented to receive Jesus as Savior, and 17 others made personal decisions of rededication to Christ."
According to follow-up comments from the congregation, our "church almost immediately caught the enthusiasm and reached their goal … very quickly. In fact, the church went way beyond their goal. Through this effort the church grew in the sense that they all became a part of the trip even though they did not all go. It was a great partnership!" Additional comments from the congregation stated, "Thank you for believing in us … Thank you for your part in building and increasing God’s kingdom in Brazil. Many people there are now encouraged and uplifted and will carry on the work!"
Congregation in Indiana conducts a prayer and renewal retreat in Mexico (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana delivers and installs water purification system, builds a house, conducts medical clinics and more in Kenya, Africa (click to open/close)
July - August 2009
Two congregations in Indiana hold a retreat in Mexico (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana provides health intervention in Kenya (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana funds church building in India (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana does construction work on a reservation in Arizona (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana runs a Vacation Bible School and service projects in Mexico (click to open/close)
January - February 2007
Congregations in Illinois and Indiana help with hospital construction in India (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana provides educational books delivered to children in Jordan (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana does construction work and gives help at a reservation in South Dakota (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana assists in hurricane recovery in Jamaica (click to open/close)
September 2005 - 2002
Congregation in Indiana sends team to Haiti to provide help in building shelter for a girls’ orphanage and distribute food to children. (click to open/close)
A non-denominational church in Indiana received a Mission Match Matching Contribution to send five church members to go on a mission trip to Haiti with a Christian relief ministry. The follow-up report stated: "The trip was originally supposed to be a medical/dental mission … God put together a different team than was expected. We had many construction/builders so some of the team worked on a girls’ orphanage to provide shelter for children while others fed beans/rice to hungry children."
Additional follow-up comments were: "The trip was a HUGE success! … The team came back passionate about missions with plans to go back to Haiti as soon as possible. They are whetting the appetite of their church family … in hopes of recruiting more people for mission work. None of this would have been possible without your help!"
July - August 2005
Congregation in Indiana does home construction and Kids Club in Mexico (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana builds a kitchen in an orphanage in Honduras (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana builds shelter house and installs water system in Mexico (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana helps rebuild church in Chile (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana installs insulation board and adds vinyl siding to a house in Kentucky (click to open/close)
Congregation in Indiana conducts Vacation Bible School in Peru (click to open/close)