Heritage Baptist Church, Prattville
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Upcoming Missions Opportunities

As a church, it is our goal to provide opportunities for our people to have hands-on involvement in missions.  Throughout the year, there are missionaries visiting the church as well as groups from the church going on short-term missions trips.  In 2017, we have the following opportunities for missions involvement:
Missions Conference- The annual missions conference is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with missionaries who are currently working on the field.  You can make connections, learn about different cross-cultural opportunities, and be an encouragement to some people who have given up the comforts of American culture in order to spread the gospel.
As always, when needs arise around the world, people at Heritage are prepared to meet those needs.  In the past years individuals from Heritage have gone to the poor and destitute in India, to help with earthquake relief in Haiti, to work in the mountains of Honduras, to Germany to minister to military wives whose spouses are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, to France to help out with Word of Life camps. Others have traveled to discreet locations in Southeast Asia to work among Muslims.  As the years progress, more opportunities like these may arise as well.

Summer Missions 2017

Over the years, groups from Heritage have traveled to Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Peru, France, Canada, Germany, India, Nepal and other locations.  We love to provide opportunities for our people to be involved in missions and each summer provide both foreign and domestic missions opportunities. 
Belize 2017 - In July, a group of students and adults will depart for the country of Belize.  We will be partnering with a group from Kyle Parks' church in Illinois (Pastor Parks' son) and ministering in small town there, partnering with a local church/pastor.  This trip will incorporate both service & evangelism, through the hosting of a VBS, serving in weekly church services, and evangelism to children, teenagers, and families, and other service projects.  More information to come...

Before you go... 

As you prepare for cross-cultural ministry, please take the time to learn about the place you are going and the people you will be encountering.  There are a few very good resources that can help ease the transition into another culture.  Duane Elmer has written two very good books entitled "Cross Cultural Connections" and "Cross Cultural Conflict."  Whether entering another country or just another culture stateside, these books can be extremely helpful.  Another great book to read before taking a short-term missions trip is entitled "Serving With Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions With Cultural Intelligence" by David Livermore.  If you are planning to travel to a country where you are not familiar with the language, it is also highly recommended that you acquire a good immersion program like the Rosetta Stone to help with some fundamentals.