Blog - Mission Trip

This Is Why I Wanted You Here

Missions trips are something that are hard to put into words. It’s difficult to articulate just how impactful and emotional a trip can be. I’ll give it my best shot! I joined Hoboken Grace early last year and was in awe of how much love existed in one place. The second time I attended it just happened to be Missions […]

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The Incredible Lesson I Learned in Mexico

I got a glimpse at life as a rock star on my mission trip to Mexico. As our vans and trucks arrived within the walls of our “home” for the week, the Casa Hogar Alegre orphanage in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the kids ran out and surrounded our vehicles with the enthusiasm of super fans. All of the clamor wasn’t for me, […]

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A Bigger Plan Than I Ever Expected

From the time I was a little girl, I loved taking care of babies and kids. My dream job was to be a neonatal doctor for premature babies or a clinical child psychologist, but being a missionary in Africa was never on that list. But as I grew in my faith and trust in following God, I realized He had much greater plans for my life than the ones I could have made for myself.

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Letting Go

“We should send Angie.” I held my breath and looked around the room. Anthony just recommended I take his place as team leader on the spring mission trip to Guatemala since he couldn’t go. The thought had obviously occurred to me. I speak Spanish, I’ve been a dinner group leader for two years and I’ve led other teams. I’ve traveled and previously lived outside the U.S. But hearing someone make that suggestion left me with a knot in my stomach I couldn’t untie.

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Finding Family in Puerto Rico

While it was a sense of family that drew both of them to Puerto Rico, Shelby and Astrid left with another family – the nearly two dozen people they’d served with. “I have never felt so much love in one place,” said Shelby. “Like I said, I didn’t know anyone before the trip. But when everyone met on the first day, we were like, OK, we’re here, we’re family now."

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Their First Mission Trip

When Jim and Lyla visited Sierra Leone last year as part of a mission trip with Hoboken Grace, Jim suggested taking their kids on the next trip. “I said no way,” said Lyla, laughing. But Jim continued pressing the idea, hoping to bring their two oldest daughters, 9-year-old Loren and 7-year-old Luca. After all, he had lived in Africa when […]

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Why We’re Going to Guatemala Twice

Six teams from Hoboken Grace will travel around the world this year, serving people on multiple continents and in multiple ways. Two of those teams will head to Guatemala to work with the nonprofit Potter’s House, but the two trips are completely different.

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How to Raise Support for Your Mission Trip

Mission trips are one of the best ways to live out God’s word, allowing Him to work through us to serve others and love boldly. But many of us are afraid to take this leap of faith because of a number. Is there a trip you've been eyeing but counting out because you don’t think you can swing it financially? Here are a few tips to help make your trip a reality.

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The Story He Told

This year, we partnered with God in loving our city better, building relationships, and serving locally and around the world. As we look back on 2017, it’s overwhelming to see all that He has done. As a church community, we were able to reach more people than ever before, grow more settled in our city and take countless steps in growing closer to Him. The story He’s writing in our city is impossible to capture in a single blog post, but here are just a few of the highlights from the past year

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Why She Keeps Coming Back

Sarah had forgotten about the apple. She’d packed it for a snack on her way to Bukura, Kenya, where Rehema Home had recently opened its second orphanage location, but had forgotten to eat it on the way there. She pulled it out now and took a bite. As she began to eat, she realized that Brian, one of the kids sitting with her, was watching her with huge eyes.

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When the Math Doesn’t Make Sense

Jim said he couldn’t help but be moved when he met the families and kids that were getting support from Enable the Children. Kids with cerebral palsy who had spent their lives indoors on the floor were sitting upright, feeding themselves and getting to go outside with other kids. But the finance guy in the back of Jim's mind kept on asking, is this really the best return on investment?

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Saying Yes

The 13 people on the Guatemala mission trip were mostly strangers when their plane landed. Some were veterans of the trip, returning for a second, third or even fifth time. But for most of the group, it was their first mission trip. And it was an experience that required stepping outside their comfort zone from Day 1.

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Top Ten Tips for Trips

One of the questions most often asked by people embarking on their first mission trip is “What should I bring?” We surveyed some of our veteran mission travelers and compiled their top 10 tips for packing, so you can make sure you have everything in hand before you hop on that plane!

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