Our team was partnered with former MLB baseball player Sam Marsonek in the Eutaw Restoration Projection. Eutaw is a small town where a third of the population lives below the poverty line. During this trip students served at-risk youth along with various service projects. The team was housed at Baseball Country’s awesome facilities.
This team did a lot of work with kids! We lead events through a local church which included teaching Bible stories, playing games, and other activities. The team did various work projects as there is need. We worked closely with a local minister through the “Dangriga Project” as they look to build their community. Throughout our trip we enjoyed the fascinating food and culture of Belize.
Our team was stationed along the southern coast and serving within villages effected by the corrupt sugar cane industry. Throughout these villages homeless and abandoned children are a commonality. Partnering with SCORE International we worked with various ministries to serve neglected and orphaned children. This included providing meals those in need, building and painting projects, and serving at an all girls home ministry.
Cradled at an elevation of 8,400 ft high in the Andes Mountains lies the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cuenca, Ecuador. It is here that many impoverished Ecuadorian and Inca people reside, as well as a rapidly growing population of displaced Venezuelan refugees. This non-medical HEARTFIRE team met critical humanitarian needs through an exciting partnership with ARCO Iglesia Cristiana – an extraordinary 2000-member church bringing the light of Jesus Christ into the darkness through worship, preaching, teaching, and radio ministry as well as relational service opportunities in the surrounding villages
This island is home to only 7,200 people, the majority of which are native Hawaiian. With little tourism, the majority of island residents live below the poverty line. On the island, there is no fast food, no chain stores, and no traffic lights. Our team rolled up their sleeves as they spend the majority of time each day serving through various work projects (farming, gardening, building). In the evenings there were opportunities to join in on Young Life activities.
Our team was connected to a diverse network of community organizations that are serving the homeless and low-income families. Students saw larger and complex urban issues through the lens of the gospel. Some activities included guided prayer tours of the city and an urban scavenger hunt.
God is not only at work around the world, but also here at home. We believe God placed us in Phoenix to declare and display the gospel here. This year’s Phoenix Day Trip was not only service oriented, but also focused on discovering the work God is already doing within our city, and committing intentional time to pray for the people within it.
This coastal California beach town is located near San Luis Obispo. Taking their global mission experience state-side, HEARTFIRE led our team to this charming town where they will have the incredible opportunity to serve and introduce Jesus Christ to both the children and the elderly of the region through highly relational and interactive projects. This trip pushed students out of their comfort zones as they learn how to declare and demonstrate the gospel. HEARTFIRE leaders were with us every step of the way as they seek to empowering the next generation of world-changers!
Working with Utah Partnership For Christ has provided one of the longest standing mission trips at SCA. During this week students learned how to discern and share the true gospel of Christ. Our team spent time engaging members of the LDS community along with partaking in various work projects. Our team partnered with local missionary Russ East who has faithfully been serving in Utah for 19 years.
Within the Bay area the homeless population grows daily, as outrageous housing costs box even middle-class families out of the housing market. Thousands of people live a paycheck away from the streets as the elderly, immigrant families, and others strive to survive the economics of the city. Poverty, drugs, underemployment, literacy, AIDS, crime, and violence take a daily toll on the people of San Francisco. Our team spent time serving with multiple organizations within Oakland and downtown San Francisco. We entered into the ongoing work that is already taking place as we seek to learn how to effectually and humbly serve.
Located between the banks of the Macal and Mopan Rivers in the jungles of Belize lies San Ignacio, a hidden destination permitting access to the incredible Mayan archaeological ruins and tubing caves of the region. Partnering with La Loma Luz (Light on a Hill) Hospital (a 20-bed mission hospital serving a large catchment area stretching from Belize to Guatemala) our team had the opportunity to help provide care in HEARTFIRE medical clinics and operating rooms, as well as serve in multiple humanitarian efforts in the surrounding villages.
Director of Spiritual Life