World Mission Trips 2017

Mission to San Jose, Costa Rica
 June 10-17, 2017
This family-friendly mission is part of a recently established companion relationship between the Diocese of Costa Rica and the Diocese of Texas. Up to 25 people will be able to participate in church construction and Vacation Bible School with kids at the two diocesan schools.

Read about parishioner Elionne Belden’s and St. Martin’s Children’s Ministry Director Holli Kight’s experiences during our latest mission trip to Costa Rica.

Justin Cowan documents the Costa Rica Mission trip in this wonderful video.

Mission to Cochabamba, Bolivia
June 25 – July 4, 2017
This is a deeply relational mission to work and play alongside the children of the family- centered Amistad Mission orphanage. The highlight for all attendees will be facilitating the annual Olympic Games for children from Amistad and neighboring orphanages. The trip also will include an overnight visit to the mountain village of Arimasi.  Family friendly, group size: 12.

Missioners Courtney Reynolds and Gracia Duncan reflect on the mission trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Justin Cowan documents the St. Martin’s mission to Cochabama, Bolivia: “Amistad in Action”

Meet Dr. Joshua Harper – St. Martin’s Sponsored Missionary in Kenya!

Dr. Joshua Harper

Dr. Joshua Harper is sponsored by St. Martin’s Outreach Ministries and World Missions through SIM-USA.  If you would like to get updates on Josh and his work, click here to read his latest newsletter and to subscribe to receive upcoming editions.  For more information contact Outreach, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Serving in Kenya
From: United States of America

Who I Am
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, an only child of believing parents. I have recently finished a PhD at the University of Cambridge (in the United Kingdom), and I am beginning to teach Hebrew and Old Testament at Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya.

What I Do
A friend recently asked me, “Why are you planning to go to Africa to teach? Why not stay in the US?” For many years, God has been developing in me a desire to teach overseas, and in the last few years Africa – specifically Kenya – has become the focus.

The United States already has many good theological seminaries with capable lecturers, but the church is exploding so rapidly in Africa that the seminaries cannot train enough pastors to meet the need. A friend already teaching in Kenya told me that across Africa there are more than half a million new believers every  month!

It is far less expensive to train a pastor in Kenya than it is in the United Stated or United Kingdom; sometimes it only costs 25 percent as much, and for various reasons, many who travel to the West for their education decide not to return home. In addition, teaching that takes place in Africa is much better at training local pastors for local ministry in their own contexts, not through the lens of western culture. Some of my students will go on to teach in African seminaries, themselves, thus multiplying the training potential.

It is simpler, cheaper, and ultimately more effective for equipping the local churches in Africa for a trained theological educator (me) to go overseas rather than to bring hundreds of students to our context for training.

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World Mission Partners

Amistad Mission – Bolivia
Episcopal Diocese of Costa Rica
Episcopal Diocese of Honduras
Faith in Practice – Central America
Texas Water Mission and Episcopal Diocese of West Texas – Honduras
Youth With A Mission – Budapest, Hungary
Dr. Joshua Harper – St. Martin’s sponsored missionary in Kenya
St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal ChurchJoel Nafuma Refugee Center, Rome, Italy

Invitation for Prayer Partners – Mission Trips

Prayer Bracelets

Please consider being a prayer partner with one of our mission trip attendees.  This is an active way to be involved without going, but instead partner with a parishioner who will attend.  It is a blessing for both parties! Please contact World Missions at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 713-985-3811. Donations to the scholarship fund are also welcome.

Going on a Mission Trip

“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” – Psalm 96:3

Mission is about the building up of relationships for the Kingdom of God. The World Missions Committee invites you to consider how you will be involved in building these mutually transformative and long-lasting relationships focused on friendship, faith sharing, knowledge, experiences, resources and prayer. All of these offerings reflect a deep commitment in long-term ministry that will afford our communities many years to together “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.”

Mission trips are for all ages and there is space available on all trips.

Follow the happenings on the mission trips and with world mission on St. Martin’s World Mission blog: https://faithn2action.wordpress.com.  During trips, a different mission trip member will blog each day of the trip, giving a snapshot of their experiences.

To become a prayer partner, click here or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

For more information, contact Outreach at 713-985-3811 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.