New York City Mission Trip 2017

Join one of our favorite urban immersion experiences…

nyc_2016_unionparkExpose your group–or yourself–to a rich variety of ministry opportunities in a culturally diverse urban area. The “tired, poor and huddled masses” that immigrated through Ellis Island 100 years ago have grown into more than 7 million people living in only 309 square miles. Rich and poor. Business people and homeless. Drug addicts and at-risk kids. Successful folks and lonely hearts. Walking down a single street leads to encounters with every race, religion and creed.

nyc_2016_subwayDuring your week-long short term mission trip, RIM will guide you through all 5 boroughs and challenge you to boldly share your faith with all kinds of people. Lost in the masses, many New Yorkers feel alone and insignificant. Come connect with those lost in the crowd. Introduce them to a God who notices them and genuinely cares!

nyc_2016_metrogroupMinistry Opportunities

  • Build relationships with inner-city kids
  • Volunteer in soup kitchens and serve meals to the homeless
  • Package clothing and school supplies in distribution centers
  • Spend time with the displaced and disenfranchised in city parks
  • Partner with local churches to share Christ in their communities

nyc_2016_centralparkAdventure Activities

  • Ride 103-story elevator to the top of the Empire State Building
  • Take a boat tour around New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty
  • Explore Ground Zero, Chinatown, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza and more…

Our New York trip is open to both groups and individuals. Not sure it’s the right trip for you?
Groups of 20+ can setup custom mission trips to other urban locations across the US!

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First Day – Students Saved

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FB_IMG_1467719804859After arriving yesterday to Guatemala the team eagerly anticipated getting to work. We arrived at the lodging and got settled in, had dinner and then practiced the drama a few more times to perfect it. We had a short commissioning service and then headed to our rooms to get ready for an early start.

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Today did not disappoint anyone’s expectations. We presented testimonies, our drama, and the gospel of Jesus to 6 schools, most of them public, and over 2000 people including parents of some of the students! It was amazing!

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At one school, one of our missionaries felt the Spirit urging her to go approach a student. She went with another male missionary since he was a boy, and the boy received Christ! In a different school, two girls were visibly touched by testimonies and two of our missionaries led them to Christ! These are just a few stories. Many people came to know Jesus as their Savior today.

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When we arrived back at the hotel, we had dinner and then team time. We shared stories, encouragements and even a little constructive criticism. Then, we had a powerful time of worship when we were all reminded of God’s love and how much we want to see others here in Guatemala experience it. We feel refreshed for another big day tomorrow!

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I Am Free: What Can I Do?

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Recent news headlines have created quite the firestorm! As I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed, it’s easy to notice that each of my 1500 closest friends have VERY different opinions about the transgender bathroom issue… More than anything, people seem concerned about protecting their freedom. Whether that freedom involves using any bathroom they choose  or preventing someone else from encroaching on their freedom to feel safe in a specific gender bathroom, we all want to fight to protect our freedom.

As the Real Impact Missions staff met to pray this morning, our Founder, Scott Boss, raised an interesting question:

Scott Boss, President of RIMWhy do we always ask, “CAN I do this?” when, as believers, we need to ask “SHOULD I do this? Is it good?

As Americans, we hold our freedom near to our hearts. As believers, we often champion the freedom we have in Christ. But, is it possible that we have the wrong idea about what freedom really is?

The Apostle Paul tells us:

Looking at it one way, you could say, ‘Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.’ But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well(1 Corinthians 10:23-24 MSG)

And later he says:

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. (Galatians 5:13-15 MSG)

Christians have infinite freedoms in Christ, but sometimes we think so small. We fixate on whether I can drink or cuss or share my opinion or work half-heartedly or overspend or exclude people. We claim that Christ has paid the debt for our sins so we no longer need to live to a certain standard. We can do whatever we want. If we believe this, we’re missing the point!

 

What Can I Do?

Instead of walking around asking what we CAN do (trying to determine what’s okay or attempting to defend our own ideas), we need to be asking what we SHOULD do. It’s not about ‘Can I wear this outfit or sing these song lyrics or get this tatoo or skip church on Sunday morning?’ Rather, the BIG PICTURE is, ‘Should I behave in this way? Should I use these words? Should I make this choice?’ We should evaluate our actions and opinions carefully:

  • Do they EXALT Christ?
  • Do they SERVE others?
  • Are they GOOD?

President John F. Kennedy nailed it in his 1961 Inaugural Address when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what YOU can do for your country.” In other words, President Kennedy asked Americans to SERVE and to SACRIFICE for the good of our nation. His wisdom echoes what we hear from the Cross:

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to SERVE, and to GIVE His life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45, NASB)

freedom-to-serveJesus Christ had and continues to have ALL the freedom that could ever be had. Yet He never asked, ‘CAN I do this?’ Instead, He laid down His life for us. That sacrifice gave us the freedom in which we now stand, and that freedom should not be taken lightly. As Christ followers, we need to ask ‘SHOULD I do this? Is it good? Does it exalt Christ and serve others?’

So today, let me challenge you not to get distracted by the headlines and controversies of today. When you think about the freedom you long to protect or the freedom you think other people should or should not have, do not stop short of the BIG picture. Focus all of your attention on the sacrifice and service that Jesus offered at the Cross. He laid aside His freedom that we might be free.

How can we do anything less than daily use our incredible freedom in order to SERVE one another and draw the lost to Christ?

 

Why GO on short term missions?

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An often debated question, Christians have many opinions about the efficacy of short term mission trips… Is it worth it? Can we really make a difference? Shouldn’t we just send money to long term missionaries? Will we do more harm than good?

Here at Real Impact Missions, we enter into strategic partnerships with local contacts to do intentional evangelism and ministry that matters, and we invite you to join us. Our experienced leaders will help you explore God’s heart for the world. Skip the debates about whether or not to go… See for yourself!!

It’s not too early for summer 2017… Sign up today!

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Need more convincing?
Check out our blogs: All Blogs, Guatemala, Thailand, Medical Missions, Video Blogs

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Dominican Republic Mission Trip, Suicide Prevention, 2 Girls

Meet Tito…

Our fantastic new ministry partner in for every mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Tito has connections with dozens of local churches and helped us mobilize more than 200 high school students for a week of evangelism and community development projects this spring.

Listen as he shares how the impact of one team saved a young girl’s life:

Would your church, youth group, sports team or school like to make a powerful impact for the Kingdom?

Consider these amazing opportunities for a short term mission trip:

Want to learn more about a Dominican Republic mission trip?
Watch these videos! Why GOand Baseball Team Comes to Jesus