Mission Trip to India
September 14, 2012
In August 2012, a team of seven Americans (pictured above), including two high-school students, two college students and three adults, went on a two-week mission trip to India to partner with the GCI church in the city of Hyderabad. The trip was sponsored by Great Commission Trips--a mission event ministry of GCI Generations Ministries.
The trip included several mission-focused activities, including visits to three Christian orphanages, where they gave the children donated clothes; presented programs with drama and singing; and helped the children make bracelets and animal balloons. Each of these activities incorporated the gospel message.
The mission team also spent five days at a local school, working with all of the classes from preschool through high school. Some team members led group games, while others taught a Values class that addressed such issues as standing up for what is right and acceptance of others. Others led a Cultural Exchange class that taught about both the U.S. and India. By the last day, the team had served all 750 students in the school, getting to know many of them personally.
The team also coordinated a Vacation Bible School for 50 children from the GCI church as well as the local village. The theme was “Shining God’s Light,” so all the messages, crafts, games and songs focused on that gospel message. In the photo above, children are being taught a worship dance. Throughout the two weeks, many adults in the community were served through a seminar for teachers, as well as a seminar on Trinitarian theology, both led by members of the mission team.