One might say that missions are the very heartbeat of The Island Chapel. Through our various missions, we express our faith, share the Word of God – often with those who have never heard it, worship God, and share fellowship with people from different cultures and lifestyles. This can be true in our local missions, but is especially the case on our mission trips. The Island Chapel now sends mission teams on 3 or more mission trips each year. In 2013, mission trips included Cuba, Haiti and New Orleans. For 2014, planned trips include Jakarta, Indonesia, Cuba, New Orleans and Haiti. The goal of these missions is to share the word of God, and also may include the training of new ministers, teaching women and children, helping with construction of churches and community buildings, bringing the community together through special events. Each mission trip participant is very committed; they each contribute the cost of their own airfare, as well as many other costs to prepare for their trip. Funds for other mission trip expenses are raised through Missions & Special Projects Offerings.
A group of 10 traveled to Port du Paix in in 2012 to share the Word with new believers, teach ministers, women’s and children’s groups and fellowship with the community.
In January, 2013 a group of 10 from our church went to San Cristobal, Cuba to assist in the construction of their church, bring Bibles and participate in their services. Another trip to Cuba is planned for 2014. To view the pictures from this trip, click here.
In October, 2013, a group of ten from The Island Chapel went to a poverty stricken area of New Orleans, Louisiana still recovering from the devastation of the floods. They worked with a new church plant, assisted the “Jesus Project Ministries,” a program geared to help local children and families, and held a Fall Harvest Festival for the community, allowing an opportunity to share the Word. To view the pictures from this trip, click here.
Another trip to New Orleans took place October, 2014.
Dr. Mike Wetzel returned from a 12-day mission in Jakarta on February 14, 2014. His mission was to teach new ministers. To read his daily messages from Jakarta and view some additional pictures, click here