Meet the Greatest People in the World: First meet Mayra, who saw children in poverty living near her family home in the hills surrounding Antigua. These children had little purpose, and little hope for a future. So Mayra and her family decided to do something about it. They purchased a run-down building and turned it into a school. Now more than a hundred attend, so many that they had to find a bigger building!

In Arizona Linda learned that over 90% of children living on the Navajo Reservation are sexually abused. She decided to offer a home to provide shelter for those children. Now over 20 years later she’s touch hundreds of lives.

Pastor Steve has a vision for a poor community in Hidalgo County, Texas. It’s a simple vision: To love people by serving them. Now he has the only church there and every week he tirelessly loves well. He loves mission teams because he believes that people should have a roof that holds off the rain and programs for the hundreds of children in the neighborhood.

Exante grew up in Port au Prince in poverty. Now he oversees 56 churches in the Bahamas and Haiti. Recently he completed the construction of a 40 bed orphanage for a growing population of Haiti’s “slave children” called restaveks.

John found a way to serve the poor in Nashville. He found that $700 of lumber could be the key to freedom for individuals with disabilities living in poverty. No longer are they trapped after a visit with John…they have a beautiful wheelchair ramp that helps them enjoy that freedom.

What do you do when you are paralyzed by the impact of HIV/AIDS. Literally trapped in your bed daily. Ms Moxy who lives in a simple room in the Bahamas has decided to pray and sing. “Oh bless God!,” she shots and sings, “How Great Thou Art.” Once she knows your name, you become a part of her daily prayer.

Pastor Leroy shared his vision out loud. Even though a community laughed at the ideas of this pastor, he kept believing and talking. Now today in Barrett Hall near Montego Bay, Jamaica, Leroy oversees a preschool that reaches into his poor community. Today over 40 children are in school. He’s not stopped there. Annually he holds a pastor’s conference to equip pastors for ministry.

Why are summer mission trips so important? Because of the opportunity to connect and to connect your church with the stories of great men and women. These men and women discovered first-hand the unlimited resources of God!