Opportunities to go

We believe that missions is not just something you support financially, but something to be experienced.  There is something profoundly inspiring about giving your time and resources for serving other people.  We go with the hope that we can make a difference in the lives of those we encounter, but every time, without fail, the greatest impact is seen in the life of the person who goes.  So we invite you with us.  Experience the transforming work of serving God.  Below are our annual trips away from our home community.  You can also check out our ministry partners page, or contact the church office, to see what service opportunities are available locally.


Every year a group from Trinity goes to Haiti through the organization Mission of Hope. Over the years we have sent dozens of people on this trip.  This one is particularly special because Haiti is a place unlike anywhere else in America.  You will encounter kind and gracious people who are living in the most extreme poverty in our hemisphere.  We love Mission of Hope because they are doing an incredible work in this country within the cultural context of Haiti.  Their work is focused on mind, body, and heart.  

Mind - Mission of Hope runs several schools that are leading this country in graduation rates, and they are starting a trade school to further equip local people.  

Body - They run wellness clinics and send medical missionaries in the rural areas where there is no access to medical help.  On top of this, Mission of Hope feeds 90,000 Haitian people daily with the goal of one day using 100% Haitian grown food.  

Heart - The primary concern of this ministry is the spiritual care of the people.  

Mission teams have the opportunity to reach local people in many ways.  We choose to plant trees when we go on a trip for several reasons.  A fruit tree is a practical gift for people who are hungry.  People are eager to have you in their home, they are open to learning about who you are. and the tree proves to be a great vehicle for sharing the gospel message.  We have distributed hundreds of trees over the years, and with each we have shared the gospel, seeing dozens of people accept the Lord.

We invite you to consider joining us this year.  This invitation comes with a warning.  You will experience a cultural shock.  It is likely that you will spend the entire week asking yourself "What am I looking at?"  You will also find this experience strangely compelling.  You will find joy in the simplicity, a level of compassion that you have not had before, and a changed perspective.  Information for our next trip will be posted soon.

Henderson Settlement

UMC Northwest Plains District


Sunday, May 7—Saturday, May 13, 2017

Be a part of a mission project! Don’t miss out! Get on board!

Where is Henderson Settlement? 

HS is near the Kentucky/Tennessee border about 35 miles east of Interstate 75.

What is the schedule? 

Participants need to be at Henderson Settlement before the 7:00 PM orientation on Sunday, May 7. (Eat your evening meal before arrival.) Everyone will depart for home after breakfast on Saturday, May 13.

What will we be doing? 

There will be construction/maintenance crews (ladies welcome). There is also work to be done in the greenhouse, library, food pantry, senior center and community store.

What is the cost? 

$360/person with accommodations in the mission dorm. $440/person for more private housing (Baldinger Dorm, Zuki house). (3 meals Monday – Friday and breakfast Saturday.). Travel and food to and from Henderson Settlement is the responsibility of the participant.
  No additional insurance is available – your own insurance is the only insurance in effect.

What is to be expected? 

Weather – hot to cool, rain possible. Be prepared. 

Clothing – work clothes.

Area – 50%+ unemployment, coal mining, forestry, mountainous

How do I sign up? 

Complete and return the registration form with your deposit of $50/person ASAP. Remaining balance due by April 14.
  Please make check payable to: Northwest Plains District – Henderson Mission Trip. Send check and registration to: Northwest Plains District O ce, 910 East 3rd St., Ottawa, OH 45875.
For more information, contact Ruth Pease at 260.402.1888.

A planning meeting for all registered participants will be held to determine who is driving/riding and to answer all other questions. This meeting will be on Sunday, April 30, 2:00 pm at Trinity UMC, 220 S. Walnut St.,
Van Wert, OH 45891.

youth trip

Every year, the youth at Trinity go on a cross cultural mission trip.  This is an opportunity to experience different regions of the country and world, learn about their needs and values, serve these communities and people, and grow in faith.  The past few years we have gone to rural Arkansas, intercity Flint, the mountains of Vermont, and the impoverished nation of Haiti.  In the past 4 years we have been to 13 states, Haiti, and we could see Canada from across Niagara Falls.  We have visited the Baseball Hall of Fame, historic sites in Boston, we toured the Ben and Jerry's factory, gone to music festivals, drove by the Arch in St Louis, and swam in Beaver Lake.  

In 2017, July 7-15, we are going to Clarksville, Georgia.  On this trip we will have the chance to work with a largely Hispanic, rural, mountain community.  We will be working to make the homes of local people a safe place to live and we could be working with a children's summer program.  On this trip we will be traveling through 7 new states to add to our list.  We will spend an entire day at the ocean in North Carolina, and we will go white water rafting before we head back home.  

If this sounds like the kind of trip you would like to go on, Pastor Josh is the person to talk to.  He will be able to give you all the details you will need to know.