Mission Trip Updates

¡Hola de Guatemala!

Hello from Guatemala! The team is doing well and have had a great first couple of days getting settled in at Casa Bernabé. Here’s a little bit about what we’ve learned: The orphanage operates in family units. There are nine “casas” (houses) around the property: 4 for girls, 4 for boys, and 1 baby house. Each casa has a Christian couple serving as house parents, one helper (often one of the teachers), and 10-15 kids (including any biological kids the…

Joining Jesus on His Mission in Haiti: Children’s Ministry in Mon Bergieux

Many things to write about here, and I don’t know how much chance I’ll have to write, so this is just one peek… Yesterday we had people all over the place, serving God and His people in Haiti: Dan, Larry and Dale were high up in the mountains, carrying very heavy cinder blocks in muddy, hilly terrain. They are helping to rebuild the home of Etani, a former caretaker at the Children of Israel Orphanage. Her home was mostly destroyed…

Help the People of Costa Rica this Christmas with a Special Offering

We have a tradition of supporting ministries outside First Trinity through a special offering on Christmas Eve and Easter. For Christmas, we focus on an international ministry. We’re excited to be supporting Josh and Kari Keithley, missionaries to Costa Rica. Josh was on staff at First Trinity in 2004-2005 for his DCE Internship. We’ve asked Josh to share their plans, which you can read below. To the community of Tonawanda and family and friends of First Trinity: It is an…

Texas Mission Trip Update

First Trinity launched a Texas Mission Trip for Harvey Recovery on very short notice last week. In total, 8 people joined us for the 10-day trip. What a blessing it has been to the people here in Texas, as well as to the team. A few fun stories: We spent the first and part of the second day helping the Pastor of our host church (Memorial Lutheran in Katy, TX) finish cleaning out his house. We removed drywall, doors and…

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Mission Trip

First Trinity will be sending a team to help with recovery efforts in Texas after Hurricane Harvey came through. We will be working out of Memorial Lutheran Church in Katy, Texas, where Jason Christ used to serve. While we don’t know the specifics of the work we’ll be doing, we expect it to be labor-intensive jobs like removing debris from houses, helping people sift through belongings and decide what can be saved, moving salvaged possessions into storage, etc. Itinerary Friday,…

Workcamp 2017 – Day 9

Schedule: Drive home Arrive at First Trinity mid-afternoon Prayer Ideas: Safe travel and transitions back to “real life” Rest and recuperation Courage to act on the ideas of how we can build off this trip and continue to grow in our faith and relationships

Workcamp 2017 – Day 8

Schedule: Day exploring Washington D.C. Closing Team Worship Stay at a hotel in Frederick, MD Prayer Ideas: Fun, safety, and group building while in D.C. For transition back to NY and restful night’s sleep for the adults who have to drive tomorrow.

Workcamp 2017 – Day 7

Today’s Theme: From Joy to Home Read Luke 24:49 Now we’ve had this awesome experience here at Workcamp and you’ve experienced whatever you’ve experienced this week, but what does our road look like from here.  Spend some time asking God to lead you on the road he has for you in yet another week ahead.  Pray for us to be able to share the joy we’ve experienced on the road this week with those we encounter back at home.  …

Workcamp 2017 – Day 6

Today's Theme: From Hunger to Joy Read Luke 24:36-48 Jesus is real! He proved he was real to the travelers, He wasn't just imaginary. How has or is Jesus proving to you that He's real? Joy comes from knowing the real Jesus.   Schedule: Pack tools/lunch Morning program Work at work sites morning and afternoon Free Time Evening Program and Special FT Team Devotion Prayer Ideas: Encouragement for teams as they have two more days to complete their home repairs.…

Workcamp 2017 – Day 5

Today’s Theme: From Hope to Hunger Read Luke 24:28-35 When Jesus ate a meal with the travelers, they suddenly saw him for who he was! But…then he was gone, leaving them hungry for more from Jesus. Each step with Jesus makes us want more. More of his love. More of his forgiveness. More…of HIM. Spend some time talking to Jesus today and ask Him to make you hungry for more of Him and the blessings time with Him brings to…