Blog - Mission Trip

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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A Trip Like No Other

When a team from Hoboken Grace went to South Korea last spring, they threw a birthday party for a refugee, presented a career workshop and visited a propaganda artist’s studio. It wasn’t your average mission trip, said Micah. “I think we are so accustomed to forwarding God's mission through acts such as building or cleaning,” she said. “But the Korea trip really teaches you that God's ultimate mission is to love people – to love people where they are and how they need it.”

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Get Ready to GO!

We’re going back to Mexico! From May 27th to June 3rd, a team will be visiting the Casa Hogar Alegre orphanage. Casa Hogar works to provide love and care for children who have been abandoned or abused. Their goal is to care not only for the physical well-being of the children, but also to encourage spiritual and educational growth. Want […]

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An Experience You’ll Never Forget

Ready to see the world and God’s love in new ways? Then grab your backpack and passport and join us on one of four mission trips this spring and summer. You can still sign up to be a part of the teams going to Guatemala, Mexico, South Korea and Newark. Each trip will take you to a different part of the world and offer a different way to serve. So, where will you go?

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Celebrate Big

“When the team reflected on what kind of partnership would best fit Hoboken Grace, we saw a unique opportunity to help World Hope celebrate these children, who are so often ostracized in their communities,” said Tara. “Really celebrating their lives and bringing people together, that’s exactly who we are as Hoboken Grace. We want to celebrate big and we want to celebrate loudly. And we saw partnering with them as a way to bring people to recognize and love these children.”

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A Bond That Spans Thousands of Miles

Liberty in North Korea is one of Hoboken Grace’s longtime partners, and a missions team has worked with them in South Korea each year since 2013. This week, the LiNK staff sent an email worth sharing, thanking those who visited in May and everyone from Hoboken Grace who has supported their work to settle refugees fleeing economic and political oppression.

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‘All They Wanted Was to Be Loved’

Thirteen people returned earlier this month from Hoboken Grace's annual trip to Mexico, where they visited the staff and children of Casa Hogar Alegre orphanage. The team helps out in almost every aspect of the children's lives, from painting and cleaning to playing and helping out with homework. For those who go on the trip, one of the joys of returning year after year is developing bonds with the children.

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Building Connections in Kenya

It started with cards and pictures. The kids at TRUE Mentors in Hoboken and Rehema Home orphanage in Kenya would send each other letters. Fast-forward several years, and Hoboken Grace will send a team on a third trip to Kenya this fall, and a fundraiser for the Rehema Home will take place at the Pilsener Haus & Biergarten on July 14.

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New Beginnings

A team from Hoboken Grace visited South Korea this month to work with LiNK, an organization that helps settle North Korean refugees. Though they faced language and cultural barriers, the team says God used their own stories to help them connect with the refugees in ways that transcended translation. “I had to move (to New York) for my own safety," says Micah, one of four people on the trip. "So there were a lot of parallels for me between the people we met and my own circumstances.”

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PORTRAITS: Making Room

Shivering in Harvard Yard might not be everyone’s dream, but it was Chloe’s. And just a few years ago that dream of visiting an iconic Ivy League school seemed completely out of reach. That’s because Chloe was born in North Korea, a country that labels those who leave as defectors and imposes harsh punishments on any family members who stay behind.

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