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My goal (until I can put more time into it) is to go on three mission trips per year. My definition of giving back is not limited to money, it must include time.

In our society time is the ultimate commodity, and what many need most. The opportunity to help someone get back on their feet after a disaster is a gift for me as well as for them.

I work primarily through the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Manassas, VA. You can find us here: http://covenantpresbyterianchurch.us/index.htm

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Hurricane Sandy Far Rockaway, New York
Oct 11-15

Some Trips We've Been On

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How To Get Involved

Interested in coming with us on a trip?
      Contact me: pddecker@outlook.com

100% of the donations will be put into our missions in one of two ways:
1) Direct to projects or host organizations such as Americorp, PDA, Catholic Charities, or UMCOR
2) To help pay the cost for someone to go who has the time, but would not otherwise be able to afford to go

Want to organize your own trip?
       It’s actually pretty easy. Three simple steps will get you there.
 
1) Pick a date
 
2) Pick a place
 
3) Pick a group to work with

The most important step is to pick a date that you want to go. The hardest thing to do is to get calendars to converge. The success or failure of your mission trip depends on picking the right date to ensure you can get as many people as possible on your team. This is done by either getting the trip planned well in advance or just getting lucky. When you go will influence where you go and therefore who you can work with.

There is no shortage of need and no shortage of places to bring help. Hurricanes ravage the south, tornados in the west, flooding whereever it rains, extreme poverty across Appalachia, homeless in your own backyard, others in need in our communities. It’s important to experience a diverse range of circumstances; try to hit three or four. If you would like to get involved with organizations that will use your volunteers try the following list:

 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA):  http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/pda/
United Methodist Council On Relief (UMCOR): http://www.umcor.org/
Habitat for Humanity: http://www.habitat.org/
Project Homecoming: http://projecthomecoming.net/
Why Should I Care?
By Glynnis Whitwer

October 19, 2012

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matthew 9:36 (NIV)

Our van drove snake-like, around tight corners and up steep mountain grades to reach a neighborhood in the hills above Quito, Ecuador. No fresh mountain air greeted us as we stepped carefully on to the streets. Instead the thick smells of garbage, outdoor cooking and animal droppings blanketed us.

Walking through the tin shacks I understood helplessness as I never had before. There was no government support, no food bank down the street. Unless someone stepped into these people's lives with a helping hand, they would stay trapped in poverty.

Something shifted in my heart that day. I had always been committed to missions and evangelism in an academic way. Sadly, however, there was always this secret part of me that thought people could ... no they should ... help themselves.

This experience changed my motivation to reach out. Rather than simple obedience, urgency gripped me. I was starting to understand Jesus' compassion. Was this what He felt like? The disciple Matthew captured Jesus' heart with these words: "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36 NIV).

Jesus saw the helplessness of those He loved. Standing on a dirt street just south of the equator I got it. The helpless cannot help themselves. Just as the lost cannot find their way back on their own. They need someone to step in to their despair, into their darkness, and bring hope and help.

My heart burned with a new understanding. It's not just those broken under the weight of poverty and injustice that Jesus cares about - although He loves them desperately. He cares about all who feel helpless. Like the divorced woman who wonders if anyone will ever love her again. Or the man who can't find a job. And the teenager looking for approval and acceptance in all the wrong places.

These are the lost and helpless living on my street. And they need to hear about the hope that only Jesus can bring.

Jesus gave His disciples an important command before He returned to heaven. He said, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

If I close my eyes I can see myself on another dirt road filled with the smell of animals and cooking, and I see Jesus' eyes of compassion staring at me. "Glynnis," He says. "Listen carefully. I'm going back to My Father, and I need you to go to those who are helpless. They don't all look the same, so don't make any assumptions. And you don't have to go everywhere, because I'm going to tell your sisters and brothers the same thing. But I want you to go where I send you."

This command isn't just another Bible verse now. It doesn't go on my to-do list. It's been engraved on my heart. Now I get it.

Dear Lord, forgive me for my lack of mercy. Help me to see the helpless, lost and hurting all around me. I want to have Your heart of compassion, and be willing to go where You send me. In Jesus' Name, Amen