2019 was a busy year for Moved to Missions and one that included some highlights that were different from the last several years.
Our organization continues to grow as we welcomed two new members Calvary Lutheran (Edmonton) and Brightview Baptist (Falun).
In 2019, along with the Canada Mission District of the NALC, we co-sponsored a short-term mission trip to Mexico. Pastor Karl Johnsen, Chair of the Canada Mission District, led the journey while Moved to Missions provided logistical support. Our team of volunteers spent two weeks in Mexico. Team activities included: building two homes for local families; maintenance work for the campus of Bethel Bible College; VBS programs at two local churches; program enrichment for residents and respite for volunteer workers at Gabriel House Rehabilitation Center; and instruction in Lutheran theology to staff and students at Bethel Bible College.
Team members participated in each of the activities described above. We worked closely with staff and volunteers from the local mission partners. First-time participants learned more about Mexican living conditions and culture and the objectives of our local mission partners. Those of us who have been on previous mission trips visited with old friends and strengthened our relationships with the groups that we work within Mexico. We form lasting friendships that continue through social media between visits to Mexico.
As always, the critical work of providing funding assistance for our mission partners in Mexico continued to be our primary focus between trips. All our local mission partners recognize and appreciate our longer-term commitment to the work they do.
Moved to Missions / Canada Mission District are in very preliminary planning stages for another joint mission trip, tentatively scheduled for the winter of 2021/22.
To learn more or partner with this recognized ministry of the North American Lutheran Church, please visit: Moved To Missions (M2M).