A mission is a movement. Ordinary people empowered by God's Spirit doing what Jesus did, together, wherever they are. That's our heart for missions... locally and globally. And at NCC, we are committed to to be a part of what God is doing in our backyard and around the world.
We just rolled out our trips for the upcoming year. 25 trips are being sent out to address poverty by assisting the poor, address disease by caring for the sick, and address brokenness though transformative reconciliation. I am really excited to be leading a team with Heather Zempel to Thessaloniki, Greece in October 2013. For a third year in a row, we will partner with The A21 Campaign, as they fight to abolish slavery in the 21st century.
Human trafficking is one of the those things that automatically gets your attention. And once you give it attention, it captures your heart. While in Greece, we will have the opportunity to download a lot of information from the A21 team. They will talk about the sickening $32 billion industry of trafficking and what they are doing to put an end to it. We will also travel across the border to Bulgaria to witness the conditions many of the girls are being trafficked out of and experience the ease of crossing the border back into Greece. But more than anything, we will be empowered to take the information and do something about it once we get home. A team member from a previous trip put it best by saying, "our mission starts when we get home." We will also partner with iHeart Cafe, a local coffeehouse committed to seeing the church and community intersect. In addition to our time in Thessaloniki, we will explore biblical history in the lands of Paul's missionary journeys in Philippi, Corinth, and Athens.
If you are interested in joining Heather and I in Greece next year, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.