"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
Our mission at Hope is to reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. Deeply recognizing that an unbeliever's most vital need is to know Jesus Christ, we have a role in sharing the Good News through serving the needs of the hurting and helpless in our world.
If you recall, through our Go(Serve) book mark series we introduced during Advent, we learned about a number of local ministries with whom Lutheran Church of Hope partners closely. Or, perhaps the Lord laid someone specific on your heart, a neighbor, friend, co-worker, who needs your help. As you welcome 2014, please continue to pray for ways you can share God's love - be it through participating in the work of our mission partners or otherwise.
You can visit our go(serve) website for more information. Please let us know how we can help you participate in Missions.
New Opportunity to Serve the Homeless
Starting Aug. 3
We’re excited to announce a new opportunity to serve the homeless population in Des Moines through our mission partner, Joppa Outreach! On the first Sunday of each month, Hope is providing volunteers and donations to assist in Joppa’s outreach efforts. Wherever unsheltered people are living, in and around Des Moines, volunteers visit with them – building relationships, providing survival supplies and helping with specific needs. Click here for more details.
2015 Mission Trips
Where might God be calling you to serve on a mission trip in 2015? Trip dates are set! Click here to see the 2015 calendar.
go(learn) Workshop on Refugee Resettlement and Human Trafficking
Did you miss the workshop on refugee resettlement and human trafficking? If so, you can find details here about the workshop's guest speakers, as well as the materials distributed at the event.
Local Service Opportunities
Opportunities to serve locally abound this time of year! Click here to see how you can become involved with Hope's local mission partners.
Native American Immersion Course Offered
This is a one-week trip participating in intercultural studies at the Rosebud, Lakota/Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. As an immersion experience, participants will learn from various speakers, interact with community members and observe traditional ceremonies. Click here for more information. Click here to register.
2014 Mission Trip Schedule
Click here to see the 2014 trip schedule and prayerfully consider where God may be calling you to be his hands and feet in 2014. PLEASE NOTE: Some trip registrations have already been closed.
Upcoming registration deadlines:
Mission Navajo (adult trip) - Sept. 13-19 - registration closes July 13
Mission Appalachia (ASP) - Oct. 4-11 - registration closes Aug. 4
Mission Uganda - Oct. 25-Nov. 8 - registration closes July 27
Click on the links to find out more or to register.
"Serving Others" - A theme for the young and old (at heart)
PowerLife is Lutheran Church of Hope's ministry for grades 6-8 where students have the opportunity to confirm their faith at the end of their 8th grade year. A recent large group topic at PowerLife was "Serving Others" and eight of Hope's PowerLife students shared how serving has made a difference in their life. Click here to see the video.
Click here to see photos from recent outreach events and mission trips.
Sign up online for Meals for the Homeless!
With the opening of the new, larger Central Iowa Shelter and Services facility downtown, the needs for our monthly shelter meal are increasing! Donation sign ups for the meals Hope serves on the 4th of every month are available here.
Mission trips are now on Facebook!
We are excited to announce all Hope Mission Trips have their own Facebook page! What a great way to communicate as team members, keep up with teams while they are on location and share photos with everyone!
Click on a trip name below to access their Facebook page. Once there, you can choose to become a "Fan" of the page.
Mission Appalachia (ASP)
Mission Custer State Park
Mission Robin's Nest
Mission South Africa
Monthly missions e-newsletter
With so many global mission trips and an abundance of ways to serve locally, we felt it would help you to have all of those opportunities in one place! Each month the e-newsletter will highlight local service opportunities, local mission partner needs, mission trip dates and trip meeting schedules.
To get your name and e-mail on this e-newsletter distribution list, click here.
To access the e-newsletters, click here.