Why Global Missions?
Jesus gives us the challenge to reach the ends of the Earth (Acts 1:8). Global missions is our way of partnering with God’s heart to reach the ends of the earth.
How do we choose our mission trips?
It’s simple for us at Legacy. Our desire is to care for the unreached and hard to reach places of the world. Matthew 24:14 makes it clear that once the gospel is heard by all people, Jesus will return. We want to do our part to bring the gospel to all people. Any mission partner that we pursue is carefully evaluated, prayed over, and voted on by staff and elders.
Who should serve in Missions?
We believe that global missions is for everybody. However, we don’t all serve in the same way. We accomplish this goal in one of three ways:
PRAY: Pray for our partners, pray for those who are going on trips, and pray for the health of the organization.
GIVE: Some of us are blessed with the resources to send teams overseas. We can also provide resources to the specific organizations and the tribes we are influencing.
GO: God has equipped some of us spiritually, mentally, and physically to go on these trips.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” - Romans 10:13-15
How is it possible to make a long-term impact by taking short term trips?
Another thing that we are cautious of with our strategic partners is how long our impact lasts. We don’t want to just show up and leave. We might lead a couple people to Christ, show the kids a good time with VBS, and care for some of the people in the village. However, the question we want to ask is this; What happens when we leave?
As a church, we want to only send teams to organizations where a lasting impact is being made. All of our partners have permanent missionaries, pastors, elders, etc. who live in and around the places we visit who care for the people on a daily basis. Our role in sending short term teams are to help with any pressing matters like construction projects or church events, care for those in the trenches, and help advance the gospel strategically.
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and 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 28:18-20
2019 Mission Partners
WEST VIRGINIA: Experience Mission
Last summer, a team from Legacy Church went to serve in McDowell County, West Virginia. The team went in honor of one of our Legacy Church heroes, Andy Yost. We are partnering with the organization Experience Mission to send 44 people back across the mountains. The poverty level is extremely low, and the upkeep of houses is nearly impossible for many families. Join us to impact this community with a message of hope!
COLOMBIA: Crisalinco-Advancing Native Missions
June 24-July 2
Last year, we sent our first team to Colombia. To say that God showed up is quite the understatement! We saw lives literally changed in front of our eyes, including the doors opened to visit an unreached village that no Christians had ever been allowed to previously meet. This year, we will help with various outreach and construction opportunities to spread the love of Jesus in practical ways. The ministry that Helman and Rosalba Ocampo are faithfully leading is unique and exciting! God is using that family to advance the gospel in different tribes for generations to come!
KENYA: Bread of Life Africa
July 30-August 13 (tentative)
This year, we are venturing a little further east! Some of you have met with Joel Maregwa who leads an organization in Kenya called Bread of Life. This organization fits the mold of Legacy Church well as it is their goal to reach unreached people groups in Kenya and South Sudan. We’ll send a team into “the bush” where Bread of Life has existed for about 12 years. In the bush, you’ll work with some incredible Kenyan missionaries to advance the gospel further than it’s ever gone. You’ll meet people who have never seen a foreigner, let alone heard the name Jesus. There will be opportunities to help with construction, spend time with kids, and deliver the gospel message to unreached tribes!
2019 Global Missions Plan is subject to change based on interest level.