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Ministry Opportunities

In preparing a Kaleo urban missions trip, we create an itinerary that gives the participants the opportunity to see what God is doing in the city through the work of amazing full-time ministries.   Our ministry partners serve year-round in each city, and we work with them to identify ways that Kaleo teams can assist and enhance their existing ministry.  We place participants in position to hear the stories of people of various backgrounds, and challenge the participants to listen to what God is doing in the lives of others, be prepared to share what God is doing in their life, and to find connection points to sharing the Gospel.

Here are some of the ministry opportunities on a Kaleo short term mission trip.

Homeless Ministry
Studies show that there are near 1 million homeless people in any given year in the United States, with some estimates going even higher.  In many ways, they are truly the “hungry, thirsty and naked” of our day (Matthew 25).   We partner with year-round ministries who are familiar with the regional causes of homelessness and who have goals for reaching out to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women and children who are in vulnerable time of transition.

Refugee Ministry
Over 60,000 men, women and children have fled threatening circumstances in their home countries and arrived in the U.S. as refugees last year. (as of July 31, 2010)  By definition, a refugee is one who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution.  The majority of refugees to the U.S. arrive from Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and our ministry partners are on the front-lines to welcome them and help them as they start their new lives.  Most have endured some form of trauma in their journey and are seeking peace and hope.  Some of the ways we assist is through Kids Club, mentoring, English classes, computer classes, language partners and home visits.  If you are particularly interested in refugee ministry, please consider bringing your group to San Diego, where our ministry is specifically focused on the refugee community.

Ministry to Kids-at-Risk
Our ministry partners work consistently with urban kids at risk.  We are able to come in and do Bible Clubs to recharge their ministries, bring the fun, and help them attract additional neighborhood kids to come.  Additionally, sports camps, soccer tournaments and computer classes give our Kaleo Missions teams the opportunity to  do relational ministry in a context where there are year-round ministries present for continued growth and follow up.

Inner City Ministry
Almost 40 million Americans live in poverty, and people living in urban centers are
more than twice as likely to be in poverty than those outside of the inner city.  Additionally, they are often caught in a tragic web of drugs, debt, fear and hopelessness.  Our ministry partners serving there have the opportunity to show a different way through Christ, through Bible Studies, community development, addiction recovery programs, home visits, block parties, and many other creative methods.

Elderly Ministry
Our Kaleo Missions teams bring life and hope with us into ministry with the elderly.  Our teams participate in meals on wheels programs,  room-to-room visits, Bingo games, sing-a-longs, manicures and crafts… all which open up doors for us to listen to their stories, and share what God has done in our lives, too!  We also build relationships with the doctors and nursing staff, who are serving the immense needs of their patients.