There is much work to do in the world, and you can help impact lives and communities. Take the next step in your spiritual journey and be a part of a mission experience.
The first half of the Feed Haiti Mission was successfully completed during the week after Easter. The need to socially distance because of the pandemic meant we could not repeat the mass One-Minute Mission approach we used two years ago after church services. Instead, we went to weekday shifts to limit the number of volunteers per shift. Nevertheless, more than 200 volunteers showed up over the course of the week and filled almost 13,000 bags of rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins. Each bag provides 6 meals, meaning we shipped more than 75,000 meals to Haiti in May through our partnership with the Midwest Mission Distribution Center. We know that the food gets to its destination because we have photos of our bags in the hands of Haitian children!
Thanks to the generous special offering last Christmas, we will be able to hold another Feed Haiti Mission in the fall, when we hope to be able to conduct it as an all-church mission.
Annually, a team goes to the beautiful but poverty-stricken Appalachian mountains. They do construction projects to help a family in need. Last year, they built a porch and gable roof for a mother who had been in a serious car accident and needed a dry landing with rails to safely exit her home.
Since the team was unable to participate in a building project at Henderson Settlement in 2020 due to COVID-19, our church collected items for the Henderson food pantry and the thrift store, which offers clothing, basic household items, and local jobs. A team delivered all of the collected items to Henderson Settlement in July 2020. Thank you for your overwhelming response of donations to help us continue to support Henderson Settlement!
"We saw the hands of God and His guidance and kindness throughout the week. God's love and mercy always sees us through!"
-Sue Nelson, Henderson Trip Participant
Rippling Hope in Detroit
A team has been to Detroit during the past two summers to help with various improvement projects for local inner-city homeowners. They worked with the Rippling Hope Mission to build a porch, install a security door, put up drywall, resurface a kitchen floor, clean gutters, paint, and more!
"Instead of what we were able to give to the homeowners, it was more what they gave to us. They renewed my faith in mankind. I came away with a new sense of HOPE for us all."
-Jim Stricker, Rippling Hope trip participant
We regularly have mission trips to Haiti; however, due to recent civil unrest, we have been unable to go since 2019. We continue to support the School of Hope in Haiti, and we pray for our Haitian friends. We are eager to get back to Haiti when we can!
"I guarantee you will have a deeper understanding of who Jesus is through these types of experiences of helping others who have absolutely nothing."
-Shane Sims, Haiti trip team leader
Springfield First has had a long and rich relationship with our brothers and sisters of the Weala District in Liberia, one of the poorest parts of Liberia. We have helped to build a clinic and a school, as well as provide the means for repairing the district parsonage and church. We have also worked with this district to provide clean water for the school and those living close to the school, and we sent a $6,000 special donation to assist with the COVID response in Weala. As we continue to support the students through scholarships and the medical clinic, we hope to continue to deepen our relationships with the people of the Weala district.
If you would like to find out more about going on a mission trip, contact Mike Chamness.