Jesus commanded his disciples to work not only nearby but also regionally and to the ends of the earth. Covenant gives its members the opportunity to participate in mission trips as one who goes, one who sends, or one who prays regularly for these strategic efforts. Our mission trips offer a wide variety of opportunities including medical assistance, church planting, and fellowship and sharing with sister churches in other countries. We partner with local missionaries and organizations to ensure that your service is a benefit to the local people as well as a fantastic growth experience for you.
Belize Family Mission Trip
In spring 2015, Covenant will be sending its first family mission team to Belize. Our group of 30 students and parents are partnering with a local church, “Casa De Oration,” and the organization, “The Word at Work.” We are excited to begin forming relationship with the people of Belize. Our goal is to help bring resources into Belize, and to form a mutually beneficial relationship with the people there. We have so much to learn from them.
This year, the team will be serving in an area of Belize called The Burial Grounds, an area of swampland near a cemetery. This area represents the poorest part of Belize, and because it is built on swampland, many of the homes and building are slowly sinking.
On this first trip, our mission team will help rebuild Casa De Oration church’s foundation. This church is known as one of the most spiritually healthy churches in Belize, however, it is beginning to sink into the swamp. Before we head to Belize, our team is trying to raise support in order to put 15 40-foot concrete pilings under the church in order to reach bedrock. This will ensure that during rainy season, the church no longer floods and that the building is structurally strong for years to come. Our goal is to raise $15,000.
Through our Cuba partnership, we develop long-term relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Luyanó Presbyterian Church in Havana, Cuba. Covenant members spend a week in Havana in the fall, and they begin planning their travel as early as February to ensure adequate time to obtain necessary travel documentation. Covenant volunteers aim to create relational bonds with Luyanó church members. Covenant members also travel to Cuba to participate in special events like church anniversaries and Vacation Bible School. We seek volunteers to travel to Cuba, to contribute supplies such as over-the-counter medicines and baby goods, or to pray for those traveling. To view our annual Reflections Report, view videos and find out more about our work in Cuba, please click the button below.
Contact Jack Kern firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 454-9166.
Covenant members journey to Nicaragua, with a focus to improve education, medical and dental care, and community development. We work with those who commit to long-term missionary service in the field. The trips – usually in October – are conducted in cooperation with Austin Samaritans. Volunteers are needed to travel to Nicaragua to assist in construction, deliver computers and computer training, help with Bible school and more. In Austin, volunteers assemble layettes and other materials to transport to Nicaragua, and help organize and pray for the trip. Participation is open to people of all ages, denominations, and skills.
Contact Peggy Gentry at email@example.com or (512) 327-1574.
Covenant is engaged in a strategic partnership with World Vision in the Tattaguine region of Senegal, West Africa. World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and communities tackle poverty. A key part of Covenant’s work with World Vision is sponsoring children in the Tattaguine Area Development Plan. Through child sponsorships ($35 per month), about 200 Covenant families directly support 250 children and their families. We also support the work in Tattaguine through school construction, micro-enterprise programs, water security, nutritional, medical and agricultural assistance. Throughout the year, Covenant volunteers also coordinate and promote child sponsorship, mosquito net and book drives, and the middle school partnership program. They also prepare special gifts for sponsored children and pray for our families in Senegal
Contact Donna Vliet at firstname.lastname@example.org to help coordinate the new partnerships between local middle schools and schools in Tattaguine.
Contact Noel Durrant at email@example.com or (512) 346-7435 to talk about other Senegal opportunities.
Did you know that 47 percent of the population of Zambia is under 17 years of age? Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Last year the Zambia mission team embarked on a new course: teachers’ training for children’s ministry. Zambians are now expanding God’s kingdom by sharing God’s word, love and grace with the children of Zambia! How can you be a part of this?
Would you consider:
- Joining the Prayer Support Team – receive Zambia Mission newsletters, pray for our Zambia Mission Team, Rev. Lovemore Nyirenda, Arthur and Liezl Pienaar (full time Zambian missionaries who lead the teachers training conferences), new teachers in training, the children of Zambia and their families
- Being a Mission Team Member – Do you have a heart for children’s ministry? Is God calling you to Zambia to mentor new teachers and be a witness of God at work in Zambia?
- Supporting a teacher in training – pray for a specific new teacher in training and write letters or emails of encouragement
Read the article about Zambia Mission 2015
Covenant also supports other Zambia related ministries:
- Alliance for Children Everywhere—Assisting children in crisis and AIDS orphans. Contact Deb Rieber at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Justo Mwale Theological College—Supporting this seminary in Zambia. Contact Harold Skaggs at email@example.com
- Rafiki Zambia Village—Supporting this orphanage in Zambia. Contact Harold Skaggs at firstname.lastname@example.org