MISSIONS

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LUNCH WITH LUCAS

October 9 • Noon • The Fellowship Hall

Zion is hosting an authentic Peruvian lunch on October 9th at 12:00 in the Fellowship Hall at the Zion on 4th building. All proceeds will go to Lucas Kirchhoff who is serving as a full time missionary in Iquitos, Peru. Lucas will be there to share how God is using him in Iquitos. The community is welcome to attend!

Menu: Aji de gallina (Chicken with a sauce over rice), Plantain chips, Chicha morada (juice made with purple corn), Real Cocoa Cola

SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP: SARASOTA, FL

8 Days of Hope is looking for volunteers to serve in Sarasota, FL in response to Hurricane Ian until October 29th. We would like to send a team from Zion to assist! The primary work will be removing debris, removing trees, mucking out homes, and assisting families with whatever they need. Show up with a willing heart to serve wherever/however! Pray for the families that were affected and that God would move mightily through His people over the next few weeks! Please note, you must be 18+ to serve.

Please sign up as your commitment to attending this mission trip. If you have questions, please email jenniferc@zionclearlake.org.
A Typical Day: Breakfast will be served at 6:30am. We will spend 10-15 minutes together through worship and devotion before headed out to serve. Lunch will be delivered or taken to job sites. Dinner will be begin at 6pm.
 
Dates: Depart Clear Lake on Sunday, October 23rd around 1:30pm and return to Clear Lake on Thursday, October 27th around 7:30pm. Flights are out of Minneapolis.

Cost: The cost includes airfare, bags, and travel to/from the airport and site. It does not include three meals that'll be on your own during travel days. Right now, we estimate the cost without meals to be around $400. Trip Flex is not included in this cost. If your trip is canceled before one week before departure, then you will be refunded minus a $50 fee. If it is within one week, there is no refund. Three meals will be on your own during travel periods. 8 Days of Hope will provide food and lodging for the days we are on site. A fundraising opportunity on the mornings of 10/16 or 10/23 may be possible.

Arrangements: We will be staying at Bayside Community Church at 8200 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL. Lodging will be by gender. Please bring a sleeping bag or twin air mattress to sleep on.

What should I bring?
  • Rapid Response Shirt (if you don't have one, one will be provided)
  • Bible
  • Case of Water (We'll have to discuss the best way to do this with flying.)
  • Gloves
  • Cot, sleeping bag, twin air mattress, linens, pillow, blanket, etc.
  • Towel and Toiletries
  •  Any tools that may be useful for removing debris or mucking out a home (again, that you can fly with)

Please review the Volunteer Release Form here: VOLUNTEER RELEASE (eightdaysofhope.com).

Please sign up by October 14th.

ABOUT MISSIONS

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.

 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! 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.

LOCAL MISSIONS

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.

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.  

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