Beyond the four walls
We must come to the realization that the gospel of the kingdom of heaven is intended to be lived out, not just heard and learned about.
In our homes. In our schools. In our workplaces. In our families. In our communities. Everywhere we go, we live with the awareness that the presence of God goes with us. Therefore, we seek to live as local missionaries – “local” being wherever we are, whether domestic or foreign, and “missionaries” living as ones who are sent into all aspects of culture and society.
Communities aren’t changed by programs
…but by relationships developed among the people in that community. A co-worker, a store clerk, a stranger, a neighbor, a teenager filling up his gas tank, a woman sitting next to you on an airplane, a parent relaxing on the beach. Being a local missionary is not an event – it is an awareness that opens you up to connecting with people wherever you are. Are you ready to intentionally go, reach out, connect, and share the love of Christ whenever, wherever, and however? Where will you GO? To whom will you reach out? How will you connect with someone today, right where you are?
Relationships Drive Change
Our strategy for missions is to build and support relationships that inspire change. We build on the strengths God has given each of us, partner with community organizations and local churches, and focus on opportunities that span the globe. We can build relationships by volunteering with our local and global mission partners.
Book Bag Buddies
Wed : weekly : 1/2-6/5
Many children leave school on Friday afternoon and have little or nothing to eat until they return on Monday morning. Book Bag Buddies sends these children home with back packs filled with items to get them through the weekend. Serving opportunities include purchasing and sorting items, sponsoring book bags, packing book bags, and pickingup/delivering book bags to the schools.
To serve, contact Frances VanCleef / 355.4356
Building Hope Community Life Center
309 West 9th Street
BHCLC is a comprehensive program designed to help young students and families become successful by developing the spiritual and moral infrastructure as well as the necessary educational skills to overcome economic and cultural hardships and hindrances of life. Serving opportunities include tutoring after school, mentoring a young man or woman, fixing meals Friday nights for students, and helping with bike repair program.
To serve, contact Atlas Kelly, 252.757.1927, email@example.com
Carolina Pregnancy Center
1012 Charles Blvd
A center committed to providing women and men with up-to-date information in order to make informed decisions about pregnancy, sexual health, and relationships. Serving opportunities include volunteering at the Center, counseling, housekeeping and yard work, organizing baby rooms, and providing refreshments and child care for parenting classes.
To serve, contact Laura Strabley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Dates, times & locations vary
To present to athletes and coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Serving opportunities include volunteering for middle and high school groups, volunteering at golf tournament and banquet, prayer partners.
To serve, contact David Wall / 757.0122
God’s Love Ministries
6062 Old Tar Road
God’s Love gets referrals from local agencies to help needy families. Serving opportunities include sorting items at the warehouse facility, picking up and delivering donated items, serving at God’s Hope ministry home for women in recovery.
To serve, contact Trudy Halstead / 341.4232
Habitat for Humanity
210 East 14th Street
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families. Serving opportunities include working on construction sites and volunteering at The Restore thrift shop.
Hope of Glory Ministries
402 West 10th Street
We are a Christ-centered community outreach ministry committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism, discipleship, and the distribution of food, clothes, hygiene products and household items to those in need throughout Pitt County. Serving opportunities include helping sort and stock donated items for distribution, serving needy families, donating clothes and food.
To serve, contact Mandi Stewart, email@example.com
103 E Arlington Blvd
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Dates, times & locations vary
InterVarsity at ECU is an Invitational Community of Grace, Exploring and Embracing how Jesus is Relevant to All of Life. Various serving opportunities, mentoring, discipleship, prayer partners.
To serve, contact Bekah Ishak, 201.968.6971
Dates, times, & locations will vary
A creative community of undignified Jesus- lovers uniting students in day and night worship and prayer through music and arts for revival in our city and the nations. Serving opportunities include prayer warriors, praying for revival and community unity, attending/helping organize the quarterly prayer concerts, helping at Friday worship and prayer services.
To serve, contact Matthew Lilley, firstname.lastname@example.org
1209 Breakfast Club
Sat: weekly: ongoing: 8-11am: 1209 Chestnut Street
We serve breakfast to our neighbors in West Greenville every Sat. Our goal is to establish relationships, reach out to those in need and show the love of Jesus by serving the people in this neighborhood. If you have a heart for local missions, join us on any Sat morning.
To serve, contact Bob Brock / email@example.com / 252-321-1610
Third Street Education Center
600 West 3rd Street
Third Street Community Center is a Christ-Centered non-profit organization called to engage and inspire every individual who walks through our doors. Our mission is to equip the people of our community in ways that bring dignity and a hopeful future. Some ways that you can get involved are: Teaching or volunteering for Arts on Third Street or our upcoming Illuminate After-School Program in Fall 2014, 1-on-1 or 3-on-1 mentoring, helping in our community garden, volunteering at our Third Saturday of Service each month, or serving at one of our annual community events. Check out thirdstreetcc.org for more information.
To serve, contact Nathan White, firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Life Ministries
Dates, times, & locations will vary
Young Life exists to draw teens to Jesus Christ through encounters of friendship and relationship with adults who love Christ and kids. Serving opportunities include transportation of students for weekly meetings, feeding leaders and food for participants, helping a Wyld Life Middle School Ministry, and “Young Lives” ministry to teen moms.
Sewing for Missions
Mon: bi-monthly: Spring and Fall Semesters
Sewing for Missions sews clothes for the children in the Dominican Republic. Some of the children have little or no clothes. We sew basic skirts, shorts, tops and dresses.
To serve, contact Cheryl Purser / 756.9141
Dates, times, & locations will vary
Teacher Buddies bless the teachers at Wintergreen Primary with these areas of service: reading with students, assisting with small group activities, making simple decorations/bulletin boards, taking students to the media center, purchasing classroom supplies, praying for the teachers and their students, and providing snacks or meals for teacher appreciation events. We are seeking servants who can donate an hour per week to work in these areas, a whole day once a month, or even buddy with a teacher for the semester. This outreach into our community will bless the school as well as our church participants.
To serve, contact Ann Bagley [email] / 252-714-9255
We send teams to connect and build impacting partnerships with our brothers and sisters across the world to establish Christ’s church globally. The countries to which teams are sent are not chosen at random. We have partnered with the Dominican Republic since 2004, and began exploring Ethiopia in 2012.
When we feel God directing us to a specific country we dive deep. We partner with a community to have a lasting impact that equip them to sustains themselves far after we have gone home. Covenant’s first short term mission trip to the Dominican Republic was in 1999. We have been going to La Romana, on a regular basis, since 2004. We have built a relationship with the Iglesias Evangelica Metodista Libre Casa de Restauracion (House of Restoration Church) in La Romana. We have partnered with them in building a medical clinic, church building, school, and multi-ministry building.
It is our mission to equip all people to use the gifts and passions God has placed on their lives here locally and across the globe. We would love for you to join us and grow in the gifts God has given you.
How do I get involved?
Short-term missions team is a key component to going “deeper” with our relationships globally. You can come alongside an individual or team and support their decision to take their next step in faith and obedience, or you can take your next step and go.
Pray that God would bless the ministry of these teams, opening the hearts of those who receive the message of the gospel. Without the Lord’s blessing on these trips, they will not have true spiritual success.
You can track a team’s progress, hear about their stories and prayer requests, and stay connected to our teams “in the field” by clicking the “Follow” button below. This will take you directly to our Covenant Outreach Facebook page.
If you want to support a team, you can do so by writing a check to Covenant Church (if you would like to receive a tax deduction DO NOT write the name of an individual in the memo line). If you would like to give to a specific individuals trip attach a note to the check indicating the individual you would like the donation to go to.
Consider joining a Short-term team! We desire people ready to grow and willing to sacrifice their time and energy for gospel ministries around the world. Please consider serving The Lord in this way as your next step.