Through the generosity of Eugene Bible College alumnus Ray Rexius, two NHCC students, Justin Gilbert and David Loftis, will spend February 20th- March 8th in the small village of Mare, Guinea, West Africa with about forty other men from an Open Bible organization called Men of Vision Evangelize (M.O.V.E.). They will be working together to build a church from the ground up for a growing congregation that wouldn’t have the opportunity for a building otherwise.
For Justin Gilbert, a junior at NHCC, this will be his first time travelling outside North America. He is looking forward to experiencing an entirely different culture in a third world country. In particular, Justin is excited to meet Christians who because of economic and social challenges in their country are forced to rely on God for provision and help on a daily basis. Justin believes he will learn a lot and will be able to gain a better perspective on his own life through the trip. He also believes the work will be of great benefit to the people in the village of Mare. “A building is a sign of blessing,” Justin said, “and so this trip will be an encouragement to them, especially the pastors, and a morale boost for the church as well as an evangelistic tool.”
David Loftis, a senior in Intercultural Studies at NHCC, said that the Holy Spirit began to stir in his heart the minute the trip opportunity was announced. Through the process of being selected for the trip, God further confirmed David’s calling to intercultural ministry, and has given him a heart and love for Muslim people groups (Guinea is a predominately Muslim country) around the world. David knows the trip will help him in many ways as he prepares to serve as a long-term overseas missionary after graduation. “My first short-term mission trip,” David said, “completely rocked the ‘America’ in me. My concerns were so miniscule compared to the rest of the world… You can watch on TV or read about it, but when you go and actually serve, love is birthed, and you get a perspective you can’t get any other way.” David is hopeful that the building will be a reflection of God’s power and love to the community.