God calls us and sends us on journeys that change us and changes those we meet along the way. We are His missionaries. We can come to understand a missionary's role as someone who has been "called by God and sent by the church" to achieve, to work toward, and to accomplish certain objectives. As you become aware of, and witness the poverty and HIV/AIDS crisis in Southern Africa, we hope you will choose to take the next step of reaching out to "…orphans and widows in their distress." (James 1:27) This is your chance to serve the "least of these" (Matthew 25) thereby serving Jesus Himself. Serving others allows you to see Jesus in the people around you, and ultimately, to see the need for a closer walk with Jesus in your own life.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON A MISSION TRIP
Orchard: Africa takes care of all the in-country logistics. A staff member will meet your team at the airport, travel with you at all times, ensure a high standard of ministry and will return you to the airport at the end of your mission.
A typical trip includes:
- Running a Vacation Bible School for a chosen group of vulnerable children. Orchard: Africa will provide your group with curriculum well in advance of your trip.
- Serving in a village preschool.
- Patient home visits and village walks.
- Elementary School presentations.
- Game drive and weekend retreat.
Serving the villages
You will have the opportunity to meet the needs of the community. This could mean cleaning dishes or helping to serve food. Maybe picking up trash or praying for a family. Your presence in the village is an encouragement and your service will make a difference!
Visit a school
Village schools welcome the teams into classrooms. They have the opportunity to encourage the students and share the Gospel. The students truly love meeting the teams and enjoy sharing their culture through songs and dancing.
Fellowship with the community
Teams have the opportunity to engage the village community, meet with families, and visit a clinic.
Participate in the preschool
Preschoolers are always excited to show their skills and learning to the teams. Teams have the opportunity to teach a lesson, help with the feeding project, and play games with the children.
Teams spend a majority of their time leading a Vacation Bible School for around twenty children. Throughout the week, teams encourage the children and have the opportunity to speak directly into their lives.