Missions

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28:19

Local and Global Missions at Zion pairs individuals seeking to be a part of God’s bigger picture with organizations and ministries thriving in their specific roles within God’s Kingdom.  God calls us to care for and reach the lost, so whether that’s the person you’re sitting next to - or the friend waiting to meet you across the globe, Zion missions will equip you for God’s calling on your journey.

LOCAL MISSIONS

Jesus sums up the entire the Law and the Prophets with the commands to: love God and love others. It is out of our love of God, our adoration, respect, and relationship with Him, that we can then love others as He does. Our love for God is what motivates us and fuels us to love others.

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus defines who our neighbors are: anyone and everyone! At Zion, our paths cross with other people in Clear Lake and North Iowa, because this is where we do life. We believe that God has placed us in specific places to cross paths with specific people: people in our workplaces, schools, and communities, including our actual, physical neighbors.

So we want to Love This City! It is our hope and prayer that our love and service for other people would create opportunities for relationship-building and conversations, specifically about Jesus and His Gospel message. We live and move and act with these hopes in mind knowing that God wants to build His Kingdom right here in North Iowa, and that Jesus, Himself, Loves This City!

GLOBAL MISSIONS

PERU

We are honored to be a part of what God is doing in the Amazon!  Zion helps to support four full time missionaries serving in Iquitos, Peru.  Pastors Nelton and Bethany Noriega have a heart to reach Iquitos through children and their families.  They have started Hidden Creeks Bible Camp and Genesis Iglesia Church.  Together with their church, they are literally changing Iquitos one day at a time as they introduce others to God.

HAITI

We are so excited with how God is working and using Zion in Les Cayes, Haiti. Zion funded the construction of a fully equipped dental clinic in 2015.  Dental mission teams are able to travel to Les Cayes with GoServ Global.  To help keep the clinic full and operating daily, Zion supports a full time dentist.    

Active Missionaries

NELTON & BETHANY NORIEGA

Nelton and Bethany Noriega serve in Iquitos, Peru.  Their heart is to reach Iquitos through children and their families.  They have started Hidden Creeks Bible Camp and Genesis  Church. Together with their church, they are literally changing Iquitos one day at a time as they introduce others to God. We are honored and excited to be a part of what God is doing in the Amazon! 

Lucas Kirchhoff

Lucas has served full time on staff at Genesis Church for 3 years as a worship leader and production director for communications.  He is involved in various ministries such as leader of a small group, teacher at Genesis' discipleship program, and on the international relations team.  In addition to his work at the church, Lucas has opened his home to young men, many have been addicts at one time or have experienced abandonment by their parents.  His heart is to show them the father heart of God and in that discipling them to become the person God created them to be.   If you would like to give to Lucas, you can give through the link below!

RILEY BRINKMAN

Riley grew up going to Zion. In the fall of 2018, she followed the leading of the Lord to Iquitos, Peru.  She is involved in a variety of ministries from women’s ministry to Encounters, video editing to sound/production, helping with teams to international accounting. During COVID, a time of quarantine for many, is when the Lord opened many doors and expanded ministry for Riley.

As a licensed registered nurse, Riley is called to the hurt, sick, broken and bleeding. To provide a pathway of healing both physically and spiritually. Within Genesis Church, she is in charge of a nursing ministry as well as Director of International Relations. The nursing ministry is new and Riley has been excited to see where the Lord is taking it. Most recently a nursing office/“clinic” has been opened. In a city with a broken medical system, this new ministry will serve as a doorway for people to experience the love and compassion of Jesus as well as a way for us as a Church to take care of our own. It will also serve as an empowerment opportunity for young girls who are wanting to pursue a pathway in the medical world. Despite the lack of education they receive, it will teach them, show them and empower them to show true Jesus-like compassion to the sick and broken. It also allows for opportunities to provide educational classes  but also to help pull people: the lost, hurt, sick or broken back into the church and into the arms of Jesus.  

ERICKA GONZALEZ

Ericka Gonzalez has called Zion home for over seven years. She had had the opportunity to serve alongside Zion’s Mission team on eight trips where she used her gifts of teaching, art, and administration to glorify God and serve alongside many communities. After graduating Iowa State University, serving in Iquitos, Peru for eight months, and working as a fifth grade special education teacher, God has called Ericka to attend International Messengers Mountainside Missionary Training Camp in the Fall of 2021 before stepping back out into the mission field. "With Zion behind me and God beside me I am excited to serve and follow the calling God has placed into my heart!"

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