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.
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.
Meet Dr. Joshua Harper – St. Martin’s Sponsored Missionary in Kenya!
Dr. Joshua Harper
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.
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 Church – Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, Rome, Italy
Invitation for Prayer Partners – Mission Trips
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.