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Ahwatukee church cancels mission to Mexico

| May 3, 2010 | 0 Comments



Mountain Pointe senior Brandon Kaehr was eagerly anticipating his post-graduation trip this month to northern Baja, where his home church has traveled annually to build houses for the needy. It would have been Kaehr's fourth trip to Mexico with a contingent from Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee, which since 1993 has had more than […]




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Missionary killer sentenced

| March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



SALT LAKE CITY — LDS Church officials said they are constantly concerned about the safety of their 52,000 missionaries serving around the world. The statement was issued Monday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the sentencing of James Boughton, Jr., 23, in Virginia. Boughton was found guilty by jurors in 2008 […]




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Violence in Mexico impacts spring break plans

| March 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



Recent violence across Mexico has impacted spring break and mission trips to the country. Last week, news agencies reported the shooting of two American citizens in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, in northern Mexico. In the western state of Guerrero, at least 25 people were killed in a series of violent acts March 13. In addition, the […]




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Mission will procede with caution

| March 20, 2010 | 0 Comments



For more than 20 years, spring break has been synonymous with a trip to Mexico for many members of Ashland's First Baptist Church. Every March a bus filled with students and chaperones rolls south on Interstate 5, bound for the El Sauzal Orphanage near the city of Ensenada, in Baja California. Typically, the Oregonians stop […]




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Violence in Mexico prompts some faith groups to curb trips

| March 20, 2010 | 0 Comments



When the Rev. Paul McKay went to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, three years ago to help build homes for the poor, he used some free time to go downtown. "There were outdoor cafes, and the market was booming," said McKay, a chaplain at Baylor Medical Center at Garland. "You felt like you were in a European […]




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Mission trip turns terrifying

| March 20, 2010 | 0 Comments



Members of a Livingston County church experienced a "terrifying" encounter during a mission trip in Kenya this month when they were held hostage and robbed at gunpoint by a group of men that invaded their living quarters. The missionaries — from Brighton Nazarene Church in Genoa Township — were robbed March 7 while stationed just […]




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Local Churches Outline A Mission Trip Screening Process

| February 9, 2010 | 0 Comments



The arrest of ten Americans in Haiti and the kidnapping charges filed against them have raised some questions about how church organizations and missionary groups operate. Many churches tell us they run extensive background checks on those interested in volunteering. Joanna Dunn, Assistant Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Boise, said the screening process helps […]




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Mission Trips Carry Risk

| January 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



I've never seen it, but I'm told that somewhere at Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary, there is a wall inscribed with the names of its graduates who died while in the mission field. They died from all sorts of causes, everything from disease to murder at the hands of pirates. It's intended as an inspiration, no […]




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U.S. ministries lose workers in Haiti

| January 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



As religious relief organizations work to help the living and cope with the dying in Haiti, some faith groups are mourning deaths of their members in the recent earthquake. Two United Methodist Church executives, a Lutheran seminarian and three Free Methodist Church missionaries died as a result of the earthquake. Other religious organizations were awaiting […]




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Highland Park missionary dies from Haiti quake injuries

| January 15, 2010 | 1 Comment



One of the Highland Park United Methodist Church missionaires caught in the Haiti earthquake has died, the church announced Friday. Jean Arnwine died overnight in Guadeloupe from critical internal injuries sustained when a free eye clinic the missionaries were operating in the village of Petit Goave collapsed. Ten of the 12 missionaries returned to Dallas […]




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Highland Park church volunteers at airport for evacuation from Haiti

| January 14, 2010 | 0 Comments



All 12 members of a medical mission from Highland Park United Methodist have made it from the village of Petit Goave to an airport in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and are awaiting evacuation, church spokeswoman Kim Gifford said this morning. Several of the missionaries were injured — two seriously — when a free eye clinic […]




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Troy missionaries safe in Haiti

| January 14, 2010 | 1 Comment



Among those in Haiti spared the worst of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake were several Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students and parishioners of St. John Episcopal Church in Troy. “I was scared beyond belief for their safety,” said Cindy Schmehl of Ballston Lake, whose husband, Tim, is among the mission’s seven members, of when she first heard news […]




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Highland Park Church Group In Haiti: “We’re Safe”

| January 13, 2010 | 1 Comment



Very little information has come out about the conditions of twelve North Texans trapped in Haiti, but a text message from the group shortly after the earthquake lets people back home know they are alive. The team went down for a medical mission trip earlier this month. As their families here in Texas worry about […]




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DeRuyter church prays for three members still in Haiti

| January 13, 2010 | 1 Comment



DeRuyter (WSYR-TV) – Three missionaries from DeRuyter arrived there right before the quake hit. Vern Groves, Linda Springer and Andy Clendenning have not been heard from yet. Within the United Church of DeRuyter there were 130 voices and one unified prayer of song for three people hundreds of miles away. Among those voices were Roxanne […]




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North Texas mission team trapped in earthquake-ravaged Haiti

| January 13, 2010 | 1 Comment



HIGHLAND PARK — Members of Highland Park United Methodist Church are praying for the safe and healthy return of a 12-person mission team, trapped in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The group left Saturday and was to return this Sunday. Highland Park UMC's global mission team has helped with an eye clinic in Haiti for some 30 years. […]




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