Med/Pol Risk: Low risk
Challenge Level: Level 2
Dates: July 13-12
Teams host VBS during the day at MacKinzey ROC Center, Smokehouse Apartment Complex, and Kwina Apartment Complex.
Teams work on the homes of elders and veterans in the community.
Teams can be involved in a small engine repair clinic and home visitation. Evening games and sports at the Stommish Grounds and MacKinzey ROC Center provide opportunity to meet youth and parents in the community.
Teams minister through music and crafts at Little Bear Senior Adult Center.
In the evenings there are relational ministries via sports programs like tag football, basketball, and various games at the Stommish Grounds and the MacKinzey ROC Center. These programs have opened up some very good opportunities to meet the youth and parents and share the Gospel with them.
Experience and Risk
1-junior high age and up; no language barriers; minimal cross-cultural setting; no missions experience required
2-junior high age and up; moderate language barriers; moderate cross-cultural setting; missions experience helpful
3-senior high age and up; some language barriers; challenging cross-cultural setting; missions experience helpful
4-adults (some mature senior high); increased language barriers; intense cross-cultural setting; missions experience required
L=LOW RISK (western country or major city in developing world)
I=INTERMEDIATE RISK (developing country, travel outside city)
S=SUBSTANTIAL RISK (few western amenities, marginal medical system, political unrest sometimes present, possible infectious disease)
H=HIGH RISK (few western amenities, marginal medical system, travel to remote areas, environmental extremes/altitude, heat, etc, infectious disease)
Pregnant women are not permitted to participate on projects rated as Intermediate, Substantial or High Risk.
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The Lummi Reservation is located on the Puget Sound near the Canadian border. It is actually a peninsula surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. The language, customs, and philosophy of life on the reservation are unique and have survived the ages by being passed down from elder to child. Respect for their heritage and one another are the cornerstones of this community.
Short-term teams have been reaching out through mercy ministry for many years, and now the doors are open to share the Gospel. One Lummi native shared, “The MTW people don't only pray for us when they are here, they pray for us throughout the year and we feel and see the effects of their prayers.” Teams are involved in home repairs, a small engine repair clinic, ministry to the elderly, and VBS. In addition, new MTW missionaries Michael and Lindie Wadhams are currently raising support to serve full-time in Lummi.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lummi: Teams are housed in the Lummi Community Building. Accommodations are in large open spaces with the boys/men on one side and girls/ladies on the opposite side. Air mattresses and sleeping bags are recommended. Group showers and toilets are available.
Suquamish: Teams are housed in Community Center on the Suquamish Reservation at Bainbridge Island, WA. Air mattresses and sleeping bags are recommended. Men’s and women’s showers and toilets are available.
Yes, meals will be provided from arrival on Saturday evening through departure on the following Saturday morning. Possible exceptions may exist based on different arrival or departure times, also meals may not be provided for half-day off activities that are away from the group kitchen during the lunch or dinner meal.
Yes, although we are not able to provide separate, special meals, arrangements can be made with the cook for you to prepare the food you bring.
Teams may be divided up and in many cases be involved in both work projects and relational focused ministry. (Our desire is to make everything we do relational but some activities are by nature more relational than others). In many cases the activities will involve half-day work projects and half-day relational ministry. Ministry assignments will be determined based on need, and team leader’s assessment of your team’s gifts and skills.
Relational ministries vary but can include anything from Vacation Bible School (VBS), Sports Camp, Elder Ministry, Home Visitation, Community Outreach, Senior Center Outreach, Nursing Home Ministry, Music Ministry, Prison Ministry, etc.
Many people like to bring their own tools; however for most of the jobs we will have available the tools needed for the projects. In most cases the materials you need to complete the jobs are provided and will be on site. (VBS materials are not provided and typically are carried with the teams or purchases locally by the teams).
No, (but helpful) in most cases returning teams and Associate Staff provide the experience necessary to manage projects closely and train new teams. It is recommended that all new teams attend the Project Orientation Trip (POT). Training and planning information will be presented during the trip in order to better prepare each team for the mission project. Most if not all returning team leaders and Associate Staff attend the POT each year.
Possibly, depending on the nature of the disability and the housing facility, we will gladly discuss this in more detail with anyone interested on a site specific basis.
We generally worship at local churches in the area near where we are staying. Depending on the location we can also choose to worship together as a team if that is the will of the team leaders. The worship options will be discussed during POT. Teams can choose to worship at one of the local churches, or we can arrange to worship together on the reservation as a group. We also have team devotionals nightly.
Suquamish is a new ministry site. The schedule is not yet finalized but will be similar to the Lummi Week at a Glance. See attached.
The week begins the arrival Saturday at 6:00 P.M. with supper, followed by an orientation meeting. The departure Saturday, we ask that teams depart by 8:00 A.M. (we can generally make arrangements for either earlier or later times if necessary).
Yes, the Lummi project has discounts for children age 12 and under. The child must be coming with a parent.
We strongly recommend that new teams attend the POT planning and training sessions where they will receive information about the area, cross cultural missions, and plan their mission week. (Additional resources will be included in the Team Leader materials and a team devotional will be provided).
Recommended for High School students and older. We encourage those attending be grounded in their faith as the reservation is a spiritually dark area.
We Shall Remain (PBS Documentary)
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MTW Native American Mission Statement:
MTW seeks to walk with Indigenous peoples of the Americas, wherever they are found, growing together in the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are committed to ministry that flows through long-term, interdependent relationships. We realize that trust is key and that we have much to learn from each other. By reaching future generations, respecting the tribe, and focusing on the development of leadership, we hope to:
• Present a credible, trusted witness
• Encourage one another in the paths of discipleship
• Strengthen existing churches
• Start new churches whenever appropriate