Missions

Mission Team Update

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As the Director of Missions & Recruitment, my story is the story I want for all those who come to Detroit as a Mission Team, Volunteer or Intern. When my family came to Detroit in 2014 it wasn't because we chose this city to settle down in. It was because God called us to Detroit. What we knew of the city was blight, poverty, and crime. My wife and I pushed back and tried to tell God that Detroit wasn't even on our list of cities to move to. Apparently, it was the only city on his list. Upon arriving in the city my kids said, "Dad, where are you taking us?" My wife cried every day for the 1st week. My kids only spoke of going back to California. It took some time to get settled in. We started attending Mack Ave Community Church and getting to know other members of the community.

We began to explore the city and its history. It took some time but, we got to know Detroit and Detroit got to know us. We bought our "forever home", near Pingree Park and honestly we wouldn't want to live anywhere else. All the trials and tribulations we have experienced in the last couple of year would have been devastating if we were anywhere else. But this community has loved on us and God has been faithful. What we learned most about Detroit is, it is true what 'they' say about the city BUT there are more truths about Detroit that they don't talk about. The Pride, the Community, and the Love that is here are simply amazing. This is what I want for those who visit. I work, with the help of God, to change their perception of Detroit based on what they heard, to what they see and feel. 

Thank you and God bless

Mission Teams Spring Update

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In the last couple of months, I have been working hard to recruit mission teams and interns for the spring and summer. To help spark interest from churches and organizations, this March I've scheduled several teams looking for a one-day volunteer opportunity. In January, Cornerstone University visited MACC Development with staff and international students who are business and social work majors. I gave them a tour of our building and of the community. I had several speakers from the community share with them how living in Detroit has impacted their lives. They had an awesome time. I am hoping they will like what they see and will want to come back and do a week-long program with us. Please be in prayer about teams who are still considering a trip to Detroit this Summer.

Also, we have an intern who will be working with us this Spring. This will be the first time having an intern stay in our community during the school year. He is taking the semester off to help decide what he will continue to pursue in school. Please pray that his time with us will be productive and his career path will be made clear. I will be looking to have 3 to 6 interns for the Summer as it is a busy time for MACC Development. If you know someone who is interested in learning more about Christian Community Development please refer them to www.maccdevelopment.com/careers


Mission Teams Winter Update

This November we hosted a team come from Toronto, Canada! Christian Centre Church spent two days with us. They did an amazing job helping clear out three alleys in Pingree Park and cleaned the entire Mack Avenue Community Church building. They all had such servant hearts and were awesome to be around. What I am most excited about is that Christian Centre wants to partner with us in some capacity in the new year as well. Pastors Olu & Trevor from Christian Centre Church are very passionate about continuing this relationship. I have shared this Pastor Leon and have discussed a possible trip to Toronto to visit the church and their community in the hope of strengthening our bond and encouraging each other in the faith. 

We have also been building a relationship with Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Matt Wallace who teaches at Cornerstone and is associated with Friendship Sports International is friends with Pastor Eric and Sarah Russ. Matt and his family really believe in what MACC Development and Mack Ave Community Church are doing here in Detroit. He has made it his mission to get Cornerstone Students out off their comfort zones and show them what we are doing here as well. Matt Wallace, his family, and students from Cornerstone University have been making day trips here once a month since the Spring. He is hoping to build momentum so that perhaps during Spring Break or Summer of 2019, Cornerstone will send a group of interested students to Detroit for a week-long missions trip. 

If you are interested in schedule a day, weekend or week-long trip with MACC Development simple send me an email at charles@mackave.com.

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Mission Team Summer Update

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We are gearing up for the Summer Mission Team Season. As a precursor to the week-long Summer teams, this Spring we have hosted one-day mission trips from High Schools, Colleges, and churches. Some from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids MI and the University of Michigan from nearby Ann Arbor, MI. Some have come as far as Kings High School in Seattle Washington and Christian Centre Church in Toronto, Canada.

We have had a total of 88 people from 5 different organizations do Missions here in Detroit. This will set us up to have an awesome Missions Summer. We are also excited to have two interns coming this Summer. One is a student at the University of Michigan and the other is a high schooler from Virginia. 

If you looking to get involved this summer with MACC or MACC Development through are many volunteer opportunities just visit www.mackave.galaxydigital.com it's our new volunteer website that makes it fast and convenient to serve along side us!