Our mission at Gateway Church is to connect people to Jesus Christ and to one another. To do this we equip people with the teachings of the Gospel, and help mobilize them to be on mission with God to fulfill the “Great Commission” Matthew 28:19-20.

To learn a little more about our mission's philosophy check here

Local Missions

By equipping and mobilizing Gateway’s Life Groups we can partner with local organizations and missionaries to take the Gospel to our community. 

Global Missions

By praying, giving, and going we partner with missionaries around the world and send out short - term teams to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This gives us an opportunity to make a global impact!

 

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2019 Mission Trips

Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

The purpose of our short term mission trips is to provide those in our Gateway family who are already committed to regular worship and growing in their relationship with Christ an opportunity to participate in what God is doing in other parts of our region, our country, and around the world. Although short term trips are often life-changing for participants, we do not go because of what we will experience, but we go in order to be a blessing and join the work of God’s servants throughout the world.

We have a variety of mission opportunities scheduled for 2019, both regionally as well as internationally. Trips are generally open to all Gateway attendees, but for trips with limited space, preference will be given to members who have shown a commitment to our values of Worship, Connect and Serve.

Because we want trips to be accessible, Gateway helps to subsidize the cost of each trip for attendees. (This assistance is already taken into account in the trip cost information given here.) Because we believe there is value in inviting others to participate in the mission either financially or through prayer, we ask all trip participants to raise at least ½ of their trip cost through personal fundraising efforts. (Support raising resources and help is provided as part of team training.)

Cuba

Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It is the largest island in the Caribbean and second-most populated with over 11 million inhabitants. Spanish is their official language.
Who: Adults or high school students (accompanied by a parent)
When: March 23-30, 2019
What we will do: The team will work with a local church to host a Vacation Bible School, and participate in community food distribution and evangelism.
Cost: approx. $1,350 per person - includes airfare, transportation, hotel, and most meals; participants will need to cover meals during travel and the costs of a travel VISA and vaccinations
Vaccinations: Tetanus, Hepatitis A


Hamtramck (Detroit)

Hamtramck is a city in Wayne County, MI that is surrounded almost entirely by the city of Detroit. The city covers approximately two square miles of land and it lies approximately five miles from the center of Detroit. During the past 30 years, the city has become home to immigrants from the Middle East, particularly from Yemen, as well as immigrants from South Asia, predominantly from Bangladesh. Hamtramck is extremely culturally diverse and is a predominantly Muslim community.
Who: Anyone
When: May 17-19
What we will do: The team will work with one of Gateway’s missions partners, Shakil K. in the work he is doing among the Muslim population through house churches and community projects. This trip involves a light construction projects (prior experience preferred)
Cost: TBD - includes transportation, lodging, and most meals; participants will need to cover meals during travel

Haiti

Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Despite having a viable tourist industry, Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries with poverty, corruption, poor infrastructure, lack of health care and lack of education cited as the main sources.

Who: High school students - NOTE: This is a makeup trip for those originally scheduled to go to Haiti in 2018. Students signed up for last year’s trip will receive priority for this trip, but others may be able to sign up as space allows.
When: June 16-23
What we will do:
Cost:
TBD - includes airfare, transportation, hotel, and most meals; participants will need to cover meals during travel

Family Trip - Pikeville, KY

Pikeville is a city in eastern Kentucky and is located in the heart of Appalachian Mountains. Around 25% of Pikeville’s population lives below the poverty line.

Who: Anyone (Families are encouraged to go together)
When: July 7-12
What we will do: This trip involves a light construction project (no prior experience needed), hosting a Vacation Bible School, and participating in a Shoes of Hope event. Shoes of Hope is an event where mission teams collect brand new tennis shoes for school aged children and bring them to Pikeville. At the end of the week during a special event, we wash the children’s feet while presenting the Gospel to them, and then present them with a brand new pair of tennis shoes and socks.
Cost: $335 per person - includes transportation, hotel, and most meals; participants will need to cover meals during travel

Hamtramck (Detroit)

Hamtramck is a city in Wayne County, MI that is surrounded almost entirely by the city of Detroit. The city covers approximately two square miles of land and it lies approximately five miles from the center of Detroit. During the past 30 years, the city has become home to immigrants from the Middle East, particularly from Yemen, as well as immigrants from South Asia, predominantly from Bangladesh. Hamtramck is extremely culturally diverse and is a predominantly Muslim community.

Who: Anyone
When: Aug. 9-11
What we will do: An excellent weekend seminar called “Bridging the Gap” which is specifically designed to help your church learn about Islam and how to reach out to Muslims in the community. Mornings will be a teaching time on how to reach Muslims and in the afternoon will be opportunities to connect with them.
Cost: TBD - includes transportation, lodging, and most meals; participants will need to cover meals during travel

Lebanon

Lebanon is a country in Western Asia that is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south. It is the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East, but as of 2014, it was estimated 54% of the population is Muslim.

Who: Adults (Due to the capacity of our host church, this will be a limited team: 8-10 people)
When: November 16-23, 2019 (these dates are not confirmed yet)
What we will do: This team will primarily be working with Resurrection Church and the Philemeon Project (2 organizations Gateway currently partners with) aiding in the preschool as teachers’ aides and helping the school prepare for the Christmas season. There may also be opportunities to help Resurrection Church with the work they do with Syrian refugees.
Cost: TBD - includes airfare, transportation, hotel, and most meals; participants will need to cover meals during travel and the costs of a passport, travel VISA and vaccinations

Evangelism Opportunities

Judean Missions

The Judean Missions trip takes place on a Friday and Saturday and is designed to keep the time commitment and financial cost affordable for everyone.  These trips provide opportunities for participants to set apart two days devoted to fellowship and the sharing of the Gospel in a setting that is far enough away that familiarity is gone. This is an opportunity to Worship, Connect, Serve, and GO all in two days.
Who: Anyone (Ages 10+)
When: April 5-6 (Louisville, KY); October 4-5 (Indianapolis, IN)
What we will do: All day Friday members are partnered with one other person and they are encouraged to approach every single person they come into contact with to present the Gospel. Friday night we stay at our partnering church where we have devotions and worship. Saturday morning starts with devotions and worship. After worship the JM group will go to a local mission or feeding center to volunteer, donate the sleeping bags, and share the Gospel as possible.  
Cost: $150 Per person and a sleeping bag to donate - includes transportation, Bibles, witnessing materials, dinner both nights, water and snacks for both days. (participants will need to cover both lunches)

Other 2019 Opportunities

* These opportunities are provided through the EPC, not specifically Gateway. While we encourage participation from our members, please note that Gateway staff will not be handling the arrangements and details for these trips.

Summer Mission Jam

Who: High School students
When:
July 8-13
Where: Hamtramck, MI
What: This mission conference is an opportunity for our Gateway students to meet and serve alongside other EPC students from our region. Students will learn how to “bridge the gap” with Muslims, participate in community work projects throughout the Muslim community, and engage in evening worship, prayer and Bible study.
Cost: $680

Lebanon - English Instruction Outreach

Who: Adults
When:
June 22-July 24 (tentative)
Where: Zahle, Lebanon
What: This trip involves teaching a four week immersion program in conversational English, and will involve evening instruction, morning/afternoon lesson prep and relational time with students, and weekend excursions to nearby cultural sites.
Cost: $5,550 + airfare
For more information: contact Brian Post at brian.post@elic.org