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.
By equipping and mobilizing Gateway’s Life Groups we can partner with local organizations and missionaries to take the Gospel to our community.
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!
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.)
If you are interested in participating in a Gateway Mission Trip
please complete this application:
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. This trip is through Mission Possible so along with filling out the Gateway application above please contact Tracy Rath to fill out a Mission Possible application as well.
When: June 16-23
What we will do:As a member of this mission team, individuals will help lead camp at our schools in Haiti. The camp includes stations where students learn about Jesus, play games and take part in other educational enrichment activities along with receiving a nutritious lunch. During the trip, participants will also be involved with some light construction and interaction with the young leaders of our churches.
Cost: TBD Per person - includes airfare, transportation, hotel, and most meals; participants will need to cover meals during travel
Deadline to apply: December 16, along with $200 deposit.
Pikeville, KY - Family Trip
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.
Total cost of trip: $500
Cost covered by Gateway: $165/person
Cost to participant: $335 per person - includes transportation, hotel, and most meals; participants will need to cover meals during travel
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.
When: Aug. 9-10
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: $100 - covers breakfast on Saturday and hotel on Friday night as well as transportation. Meals on Friday and Saturday will be left to that person.
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 Philemon 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.
Total cost of trip: $2,010
Cost covered by Gateway: $660/person
Cost to participant: approx. $1,350 - includes airfare, transportation, housing and meals in country; participants will also need to cover meals during travel and the costs of a passport, travel VISA
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. Please fill out this application.
Who: Anyone (Ages 10+)
When: October 4-5 (Indianapolis, IN)
Deadline to Sign Up: September 2
What we will do: Come on a two-day spiritual fishing trip to Indianapolis IN. This trip provides an opportunity for members 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. Ages 12-85 are welcome to come and be discipled on how to be the light of the world. Contact Ryan in the GO department for more information or visit judeanmissions.com
Total cost of trip per person: $150 per person
Cost covered by Gateway: Transportation and fuel.
Cost to participant: $150 Per person (JM suggests participant covers the first $25 and then have 5 people support them in a assistance of $25 and in prayer) - includes Bibles to handout, witnessing materials, dinner both nights, breakfast on Saturday, 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.
For more information: contact
Lebanon - English Instruction Outreach
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 email@example.com