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October 19, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
From Ronne Rock: The road is rough and winding, and at times it feels as if it folds in on itself as it snakes around vine-covered trees and deep valleys. But at the end of that road is Eden, a little smiling Jamaican paradise. There’s something beautiful about the quiet joy of children who are deaf. There’s something even more wonderful about their laughter. When they laugh, they are loud and bold and beautiful. Read More
October 8, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
When Mission Discovery began in 1991 there were only a few agencies like ours focused on taking groups on short term mission trips.
September 19, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Listen to these statistics presented by an organization called Life Initiatives. It frames the "Why" of Mission Discovery's work in South Dakota with Native Americans.
September 17, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
When the team arrived in Jamaica the team exited the secure area of the airport together. The group leader was somewhere in the middle of the sea of yellow shirts. As they dropped their bags at the curb to wait for our bus the leader counted to three and the team shouted "FLEXIBLE!"
September 17, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Over 20 years ago I took flying lessons. The introductory lesson included a one-hour class before the flight on the principles of flight....sort of the basics of flying. I loved airplanes. I often went to our local airport to watch big jets land. I subscribed to flying magazines. I actually thought when I climbed in the left seat of the Cessna 152 for the first time that the instructor would just be amazed at my flying ability and my knowledge of this tiny bird. I was sure that I would just "ace" this flying thing. It was just the opposite.
July 30, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Mission Discovery partners with Songs for Sound to taking hearing miracles to the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf.
May 17, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Is a family mission trip on your to-do list? There are great reasons to pull your family together for a Mission Discovery family mission trip. Here are just 3 of those reasons. First of all simply imagine the benefits to you as a family as you serve together. It never fails that when families serve together they experience each other in new ways. They see gifts, talents and strengths surface for the first time.
April 26, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
So much work went into preparing your group for your summer mission trip. The trip went well, commitments were made and it appears that next year's trip will be even bigger. You're back home and thinking about followup. Here are three simple followup ideas.
April 16, 2012 by Stan Horrell
Walking into the resident pod of a respite facility for special needs children is a humbling and powerful experience. This is where my path took me a few days ago; an experience I would have never dreamed would come as a result of ministry at Mission Discovery. As I made my way from the parking lot into Jill’s House, my heart started pounding and I stopped to analyze my emotion. What was different about this place than the hundreds of new ministry locations I’ve visited? As quickly as this question made its journey through my thoughts, a calm came over my spirit.
April 4, 2012 by Jimmy Rivera
I had the great opportunity to lead groups in Montego Bay this past March. What a life changing trip for all of us. We served at Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf and at Blossom Garden Children's Home. In Eden, at Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, we had the chance to mix lots of cement and at Blossom Garden we held babies and played with children. Many of the students that came down to serve on the trip had expressed a desire to renew their relationship with Jesus. Seems like many folks were at the same point in their walk.
April 2, 2012 by Stan Horrell
Come on a Mission Discovery project in Haiti and you’ll never be the same – maybe! Spending a week in Port au Prince can leave a person with a nagging sense of hopelessness. The obvious injustices and an overwhelming plight of poverty have the potential to inoculate one’s heart from the endless filmstrip that keeps reeling through the mind after returning home.
March 30, 2012 by Michael Kneff
We must have looked very strange. Three Guatemalan girls and two 6 foot plus American guys walking down a mountain path on our way to the town grinder with one small bowl of corn. It was the middle of the afternoon and Lillian, Heidy, and Jenifer’s mom had sent them to grind their corn so they could have tortillas for dinner. Walking down the path, I began to notice that there were many other children doing the same walk, with a similar bowl of corn. I realized this must be a normal task that occurs every day before dinnertime all across Guatemala.
March 29, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Two years ago I was sitting on a porch with a hand full of adults on a Mission Discovery trip in Jamaica. By Wednesday a few coffee drinkers had discovered my small coffee press operation that yielded 2 cups of Blue Mountain coffee and sought a cup.
March 21, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
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March 21, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Remembering who's mission trip you are on may be a first step in preparation for your summer mission trip. It is not infrequent that I hear a church leader or out of my own mouth, refer to the mission trip as "My Mission". It's even highlighted at the top of our website.
February 21, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Today a Mission Discovery medical team is on the ground in Port au Prince, Haiti. This medical mission trip is at New Life Children's Home where over 140 children of all ages are cared for. The Orphanage was begun over 30 years ago by a nurse to care for the needs of children.
February 17, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Last year I was sitting on a porch with a hand full of adults on a Mission Discovery trip in Jamaica. By Wednesday a few coffee drinkers had discovered my small coffee press operation that yielded 2 cups of Blue Mountain coffee and sought a cup. In the mix of these adult men and women coffee seekers the conversation turned to a new topic for me, "Maury, have you ever considered a mission trip for women only?," Joanie asked.
February 14, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Mission Trips have caught the scrutinizing eye of church elder boards, and church staff for many years. For those churches and Christian school groups who have come to know the importance of seeing first-hand the work of God in the U.S. and abroad, a mission trip that is organized with a mix of education and service has become a regular occurrence, valuable in understanding, by some small experience, the meaning of being a "world Christian."
February 11, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
"Giving to those in need what they could be gaining from their own initiative may well be the kindest way to destroy people." Bob Lupton is the founder and President of FCS Urban Ministries and author of "Toxic Charity-How Churches and Charities Hurt Those they Help."
January 30, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Over 2 million individuals will go on a short term mission trip in 2012. Many of those who go will simply be able to write the check for the trip, but others will be a part of individual and organized fundraising events to shore up the money to serve. Since 1975 I have been raising my personal support. Here at Mission Discovery each staff member is asked to raise a portion of the funds needed to supply their annual salary.

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