We are excited to welcome four new mission partners to the Servant Life Global Network in 2015. Here is a brief snapshot of each of them.
We often don’t think about Toronto being just over a nine-hour drive from Louisville, KY. That makes it extremely accessible to much of the population in the eastern U.S. The United Nations recently called the Toronto, “the most culturally diverse city in the world.” 52% of its population is foreign born with a multi-ethnic cultural and religious perspective including good concentrations of Muslims and Hindus from South and East Asia.
Teams will work alongside our partners that are on the ground year-round serving with the growing Toronto Church Planting network. In the spring we have college weeks that will allow students to go into some of the campus of the University of Toronto and engage students on various faith topics each evening. During the summer trips, teams will be working with children and students from various backgrounds in city parks, community centers and churches.
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Our new relationship in Guatemala allows for groups to serve in either an urban setting in Guatemala City or at Camp Calvary outside of the city. Clubhouse Guatemala began by a former youth minister from the United States that relocated to Guatemala in 2008. Now a team of Guatemalans operates the Guatemalan portion of the ministry.
Clubhouse serves over 400 children in five different villages through student programs and Camp Calvary allows for short-term teams to minister in 18 different villages to the south and west of the city. Additionally, the ministry continues to plant various churches throughout the region, serve and share the gospel with Guatemalans, and operate a school and medical clinic.
The ease of access to Guatemala City as well as other factors makes this new relationship a great option. You can find out more about them on page 8.
Servant Life had a strong partnership in Kenya in the past and I have personally spent a good amount of time in that country. While Nairobi is the epicenter of the banking and health community of east Africa, there are countless needs including in one of Africa’s largest slums, Kibera. In that slum, hope is being shared through the work of Pastor Peter Abungu and the Swahiba Youth Networks team. We are thrilled to begin a partnership with Swahiba to reach young people with the gospel as well as partner in solid discipleship, training, and leadership development.
Additionally, some weeks will provide opportunities to be involved in ministry out in the Maasai lands working with one of the most iconic of Kenya’s 43 tribes, the Maasai. This new relationship allows groups to have access to one of the truly unique African experiences while serving in one of the places with great physical and spiritual needs.
Most don’t think about international missions opportunities when they think of Dallas, Texas. If they do, they likely think about the large Hispanic population that has relocated to that area. But Dallas is also home to thousands of refugees. The area that Servant Life will begin working in is home to over 30,000 refugees from countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Guatemala and many others. Teams will serve in an area the represents more than 90 people groups.
Serve Dallas is a new strategic partnership with the community engagement efforts of Park Cities Baptist Church that has been working in these neighborhoods for 15 years. Short term teams will be working alongside a year round strategy serving and building relationship with kids through VBS activities, Kids Clubs, student involvement and reaching out to mothers in the community. This new relationship gives Servant Life teams the opportunity to meet and serve the people of the world right in our backyard.
Regardless of where you might serve in 2015, I want to encourage you to spend at least a week of your year going and advancing the gospel among the nations. All of our 2015 dates are listed on the next page and there are many other quality organizations that can help you and your group go be a part of the Great Commission.
– J. Roger Davis, Servant Life Executive Director