We call it "Team Building" at Mission Discovery. Phil 2:2 says "…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose." And how do your get your short term mission team to this place? Any good coach knows that in order to have success as a team, everyone must know the plays, their positions on the field, and perform in the position well.
March 18, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
For many years the border towns of Reynosa, Tecate and Juarez have been the largest of Mission Discovery mission trips. In these three towns Mission Discovery teams have built over 1700 homes for the poor and seen thousands trust Christ through our adult and childrens' outreaches.
March 17, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
If the word “investigate” is used within the first few minutes of a television show, I am hooked. It’s a set up for a good story. It’s even better if while an investigation is going on the investigator has to overcome obstacles.
March 16, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Do you have those occasions when you know you are in over your head? I’ve been a youth worker since 1973, and for 4 of those years I was a youth pastor. In the church I worked we had a licensed therapist on staff that I could pass off the individuals who I knew I couldn’t help. But sometimes I only knew I was in to deep after it was too late. That was the case with Ron, a senior high student and his dad Phil, a 45-year-old alcoholic and former lineman in the NFL.
March 12, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Podcast: This week at Mission Discovery, with Maury Buchanan. News from Guatemala and Mexico.
March 11, 2010 by Stan Horrell
Prior to my ministry with Mission Discovery, I had been a church planter for 15 years. Buried somewhere deep in my DNA is this desire to start something new – blaze into the next personal frontier.
March 6, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Bill McDowell is my earthly consultant on poverty. Bill is the founder of Second Mile Development in Huntsville, Alabama.
March 1, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
I recently heard youth leaders on a podcast with a compelling reason from scripture for students to go on a mission trip to Haiti. During the one hour broadcast there was just one element missing. The Parent Factor!
February 26, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
“This mission trip to Mexico, justify the cost to the long term benefit for the students?” I sat in my senior pastor’s office not ready to answer his question. A year earlier I’d been to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip. On that mission trip I saw first hand its impact on a group of students from another church and wanted to see the same happen with our senior high youth group.
February 21, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
What if, every Sunday your church walked out of the doors and in unison were singing the song you started in the building? That is the perfect description of the church in Haiti right now! I couldn't believe my eyes! I saw it first hand.
February 20, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
"I'm not a doctor, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn!" So just overnight your next mission trip group in a Holiday Inn and you should be well prepared for your next summer mission trip, right? While I like Holiday Inn's and actually stayed in the "first built" one in Memphis many years ago, there is no shortcut to preparing a team for a mission experience.
February 19, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
With billions of dollars in damage, what can a group actually do to help in Port au Prince, Haiti? It is a question I asked myself before I departed for Haiti two weeks after the earthquake that occured on January 12, 2010. Though we are a "mission trip" agency, our primary work has been in the field of sponsored school programs in Port de Paix, Haiti located on the norther coast. We have over 350 children sponsored in our schools there and it was the start of a ministry we call HOLD the Children. HOLD stands for His Outreach for Learning and Development.
February 18, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Just minutes from Nashville, TN's Music Row the needy of the inner city need your help. During one week of work you'll serve by building wheel chair ramps, renovate and repair homes and leaving knowing you made a real impact in Summer of 2010! Last summer Mission Discovery's partnership with the Martha O'Bryan Center put us right in the middle of Nashville's needies neighborhoods. While other teams worked throughout the inner city building wheelchair ramps for some of Nashvilles neediest residents.
February 10, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Since 2004, Misssion Discovery teams have been serving the poor in and around Clarksdale, Mississippi. There teams help make old things new, repair leaky roofs, rotting proches, building wheelchair ramps and leading a dailey bible school. "I've never experienced a trip like this!" Says Jim B a youth leader from Arkansas, "I have taken so many trips to Mexico, not ever considering that there are those who live in desperae conditions close to home." In partnership with church leaders in Clarksdale Mississippi these 6 day trips are life-changing.
February 10, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
On January 12th Haiti was rocked by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
February 8, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
With over 10 years on the ground in Haiti, Mission Discovery is perfectly positioned to mobilize teams to help with Haiti's multi-year relief effort.
February 7, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Near the city of Montego Bay, your mission team will work at one of several ministry sites. The Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf is located just outside of Montego Bay in the tiny community of Eden. There 36 deaf children make this their home and school. Each year the tasks vary, but backed with a powerful vision to change the deaf community your team will work hard laying block, carrying sand, and mixing concrete, leading children's bible school and teaching classes for the deaf.