Get ready for a summer missions trip you will never forget on the unique island nation of Madagascar!
Travel: After specialized motorcycle training at the Lord’s Boot Camp, you travel by bus to the Orlando International Airport to board a flight to Antananarivo, Madagascar via Miami, London, England and Nairobi, Kenya. From Antananarivo you bus 16 hours to the Teen Missions in Madagascar Bible, Missionary & Work (BMW) Training Center in Mahajanga, near Coco Beach on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Ministry: You will spend the next few weeks riding alongside the national Circuit Riders, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission ministry. You will help teach Bible lessons, phonics classes, Bible memory quizzing and play lots of games with the children. When the team is at the BMW, you will be involved with the students’ ministry and physical work assignments. Important Information: You must be at least 16 years old and have a valid U.S. or Canadian Driver’s license.
Adventure: Before returning home you will have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs, such as drums, jewelry and wood carvings to help you remember your amazing summer.
Dates: June 18 – August 6
Estimated Project Expense: $5290 U.S. plus $30 Registration Fee
One night in Guatemala, our team was told were going to do an evangelism presentation in a church we had not been to. This would be our first presentation away from our work site and the orphanage. It was a crazy bus ride on the way there. We arrived at the church, which was small and painted an ugly green. I didn’t know what to expect, but when we walked inside there were red curtains perfectly hung from the ceiling and a poster about salvation at the front of the church. The worship band consisted of one lady, the pastor’s wife, and a DVD player. After our presentation, we were greatly thanked by the church and the pastor’s wife kept on praising God in her prayers saying “God is good.” Even though this church was not as much on the outside, you could see they had tried their best to make it a place for God. They loved God so much and it really gave me a new perspective about what honoring God is really about.
One of the major reasons why I decided to spend my summer with Teen Missions was to share my belief with others that have the same passion. I have stayed in California all of my life and for the whole time I felt alone, as a candle in a dark room. Coming to Florida across the country and meeting hundreds of teens from all over the U.S. definitely picked me up and help me realize that I’m not crazy. I could now see a couple of lights around me. Traveling to Northern Ireland venturing even further away from my home, completely opened my eyes. Seeing people all over the city of Belfast, thousands of miles away, believing in the same thing that I do changed the small kindling ember in my soul to be an uncontrollable fire. I had the incredible privilege of speaking to the whole Sunday service, a small group of teens, and tons of kids about my faith passing on the flame to others and it was a "game changer" for me. I know when I return home, I will burn brighter than ever with God as my oil and the millions of little lights surrounding me, Praise God!
Zimbabwe Eyeglass & Medical
“God took us through sweat, tears, and labor not just to test us, but to reward us. He promises that He has a plan for His people, a good one. And throughout the trip I realized I wasn’t there for me. I was there for the man who was finally able to read his Bible. I was there for the woman whose pain was relieved, even if just for a moment. I was there for the pastor who looked out on his congregation and wept to see them reading their Bible. That’s why I was here.”
Philippines Children’s Ministry
After three weeks of construction, our team was excited for a week of children’s ministry. We had practiced the skits, the songs, and dramas at Boot Camp in Florida. We were ready and willing, but a little tired. As a team member, it was important to me that I have a joyful heart in sharing God’s love with the Filipino children in Butuan. I prayed during devotions that we would not only be useful in sparking a fire for God in the kid’s hearts, but also that God would work in ours. Everyday, our team did our presentation, played games, and had fun with the children. Their laughter during our puppet shows, participation in the songs, and giggling during the games were a huge blessing. I felt that our team was closer and was having a great deal of fun. It was difficult to say goodbye to the children we met at every school and location. I feel that God touched the hearts of my team members and myself and I hope that the fun we had with those children will have an impact on their hearts! I’m truly glad to have been a part of the Philippines team this year!
“This summer has been one of the best summers I’ve ever had! One of the best moments this summer was witnessing and one of the locals came to Christ. My evangelism group went to the last house of the day with our translator and we found out that the woman there wasn’t born again. Our translator began to talk to her about the need for a Savior while we prayed earnestly. After 20 minutes, he told us that this lady was ready to accept Christ as her Savior. We all felt an inexpressible joy when we heard this! God showed me that you can reach out to anyone with the Gospel, and this event encouraged me to go back home and share the Gospel with my lost friends.”
Malawi Well Drilling #2
“Our team traveled to a small village named Taliya where we drilled a freshwater well. This village is a Muslim village and there was no sign of the Word of God. The most exciting part of our trip was getting to share The JESUS Film which was translated to Chiyao. Nearly 200 people stood in the dark listening to what we wanted to share. This has changed my whole view on religion and how if you have an open heart you can make a difference.”
Do you ever wish you could just disappear completely off the face of the earth and just leave civilization behind? I do. This summer I had a calling to go to Madagascar to evangelize and share God’s love among the wonderful Malagasy people. I didn’t know right away what my purpose on this team was, but as we started going out to the bush Sunday Schools, I started seeing why. The time I knew that I was exactly where God wanted me to be was on our way back from the waterfall we had been at for three days. Right before we left, we took a five-minute walk to a nearby village to do a presentation. We did a couple songs and did the drama, “See Me Notice Me”. Afterwards, I did a "preachimony" (half preaching, half testimony) and talked to them about worry. I told them that they shouldn’t worry about what the next day had in store. I explained that God was there no matter what and He wouldn’t give them more than they could handle. I shared a bit of my testimony and how forgiveness is a big part of following God. In order to receive forgiveness, you need to be able to forgive. There was an altar call at the end and I read John 14:6. Eight people accepted Christ. Now I knew exactly why God had called me to Madagascar. We continued to drive to our base, stopping at three more villages along the way. Doing the same thing that we did at the first village, we saw 58 people accepted Christ. The feeling I got after never was normal. It got better each time and the power of God only got stronger. I may not know what the future holds, but I know that God is my organizer and will plan everything for me perfectly.
Malawi Well Drilling
This summer the Lord gave me the amazing opportunity to serve Him by going to Malawi to drill fresh water wells and share the Gospel with others. God has used and led our team in indescribable ways and has taught me so much through this experience. The most amazing way God has shown me His power and mercy this summer is through the power of prayer. Throughout our mission our team continued to experience much spiritual warfare if sickness struck several of our team members or if equipment stopped working properly, etc... However, our team continued to pray, asking God for protection and healing. Over the course of the three weeks we were on the field, our team experienced countless miracles showing us that God is truly with us every step of the way and will continue to guide us throughout the rest of our lives. Through the Lord’s guidance, power, and love, our team was able to complete two wells which is something I never thought possible and we were able to share the Gospel with numerous non-believers. It was extremely amazing seeing how the Lord opened the hearts of many of those who we were teaching, as they listened intently to hear the Word of God.
“On one particular day, I was talking with a boy who was very interested in the Wordless Bracelet. As I was explaining each bead to him, I could see God working in his life. After I prayed for him and left him, I never forgot about him. I am still praying that he will be a Christian.”
“One thing that I will keep with me forever is the memory of worshiping with all of the kids. Just being across the world worshiping the same God I worship at home was amazing. It really showed me how big God is and that He should be worshiped everywhere. I feel like our team as a whole has learned not to put God “in a box” and to know that He is bigger and mightier than we can imagine.”
I came into this trip really seeking God about what He wanted me to do after this summer. But in my own selfish mind, I wasn’t willing to give up my own dreams and wants. I prayed and prayed, “God, what do you want me to do with my life?” but deep down, I was still tightly holding on to my dreams. One night halfway through the trip, I was trying to fall asleep. I was having trouble because I kept coughing, so instead I was praying. I realized how I wasn’t really letting God make the choice of what I wanted to do up to Him. I made the choice that whatever God called me to do, I would. And I asked that He would give me an obvious sign of what He wanted me to do. The next morning, my team attended a youth conference. The American speaker got up and said he had something he wanted to say to the Bangladesh TMI team. He said that God had really laid it on his heart that one of the kids on the team was being called to full-time mission work. If I have ever heard an obvious sign, it would be that. Being called to the mission field was never what I planned or dreamed, but I am so excited to see where God will lead me after this summer. Giving everything up to Him is such an adventure, you won’t regret it.