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Hurricane Florence Outreach — Let’s Help!

Christian Outreach International (the short term missions organization I lead) and COI teams have served in disaster response all over the country since 2005, including four years in New Orleans, and in the Peru Earthquake. I’ve served in each one of them, too.

Today, I was personally in contact with the Hurricane Florence disaster zone in North Carolina. Thousands have lost their homes and belongings, not due to the rain itself, but due to the rivers that have overflown.

It’s sad—an entire small community lost their home to the flood, and were all staying together on a soccer field while they waited to go see what was left of their waterlogged homes.

I want to help as much as I can, as do our COI teams and donors. My staff is currently assessing hosting teams to assist with the clean-up and clean-out in the rural, smaller areas.

My friend shared that they are very tired, traumatized and still need lots of help. As soon as we locate adequate housing we will be announcing our plan for teams that wish to join us in the relief efforts.

Our country has had so many disasters in the last few years, it’s easy to get numb to it all. Yet once again, our fellow believers and fellow Americans can use our help. It’s what you are so good at..serving and praying..so that’s what we’re going to do.

I’ll be sure your gifts get to the right project and people. And, if you want to bring a team or be part of a team, stay tuned.

I appreciate your heart to serve,

MaryAlice Isleib

Inaugural COI Mission team landed…COI Kenya!!

Our national missionary Dr. Paul Kamunge  and COI WV/ Kenya Staff Pst. Tim Bolyard welcome the 28 missionaries from All Nations Worship Assembly, Chicago 2017 missions Team! Jesus said go into the highways and byways…It is a value of our mission organization to send the teams that go out with us in the nations to far away villages, or villages that have probably never had visits from American believers. 

Beautifully, it happened again today at the women’s Bible studies in the villages. Praise offered, testimony’s shared, fellowship over great meals, and many prayers offered….even by the youngest on the team from Chicago! Short term mission trips done right change lives all around. Out director received her call to ministry on a mission trip. It propelled her forward in God. Prompted her parents to start COI. We do much of what we do today because of it.

We create opportunities for those that come behind us to find their passion, pursue their purpose, make a real difference, and get wrecked with His heart.
Every believer deserves this kind of opportunity. Go into all the world. 

Hot Destinations

Dominican Republic

The beauty of the Dominican Republic stands in contrast with the physical and spiritual poverty of many on the island. Many nominally claim Catholicism as their religion but have no understanding of a personal relationship with God. The evangelical church is growing, and many are coming to know Christ as their personal Lord.

They are anxious to have mission groups come and encourage them. Medical and sports teams, vacation Bible schools, sharing at our schools, construction projects can all be part of the work God is doing in the Dominican Republic. Outreach opportunities are endless! Come join us in this exciting, very popular, mission field!

COI’s 16 years of hands-on experience pioneering Central Florida missions gives us expertise at making your Florida outreach a success! In 1997, COI started receiving teams in Indian River County. Because there was nothing like it in the area,COI’s influence in Florida grew. Our faithfulness and experience has created an impact affecting the entire region.

Over the years,hundreds of volunteers and mission teams have been blessed, serving with COI in Florida. We have found that doing outreach and community service here (domestic missions) is safe, warm, economical, fun, and a great way to touch lives in our own country!

Today, COI is building and strengthening our legacy of outreach and service in Florida. Our International HQ remains in Vero Beach. There are lots of good ministry opportunities in Florida, so we have expanded to include Orlando.

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