As Pastors from The Tabernacle in Southington, CT, we want to tell other churches that are thinking of taking a mission trip about the amazing job that Kris and the Hillside Mission Staff did in leading our team of 17 to the villages in East Asia.
The 10 day trip was life-changing for all who took part. We have to say that Hillside Team prepared us very well us for what we would encounter during our time in East Asia. The weekly training sessions that they taught gave us the knowledge and the confidence to go to those in East Asia and minister Jesus in a very unique way. With the help of their wonderful interpreters, we could share the good news of Christ without being hampered by the language barrier.
We went to East Asia to change the lives of others, but in the process, our lives were deeply changed! Thank you, Hillside Missions; we look forward to working with you again in the future.
Serving Him wherever we are,
Pastors Mark and Claudia Castro
Area 10 Faith Community
I have had the great opportunity to work with Hillside Missions over the last year. They moved to Richmond and went to work quickly getting to know pastors in the area. The team they have built are fun people to work with and be around. They have gone the extra mile on multiple occasions to help our church expand its global presence.
The Hillside team helped our church prepare for our recent trips to Haiti and Vietnam. They ran all our pre-field orientation and presented our team members with a lot of helpful information about working cross culturally. In addition to that, they made themselves constantly available to myself as the senior pastor and to our team leaders for consultation. They always made time to meet with us and help us work out any issues we had going on with our global teams.
I can say without hesitation, that our trips to Vietnam and Haiti were MUCH better this year, because the team at Hillside Missions worked with us so closely. I look forward to working with them in the years to come.
Senior Pastor – Area 10 Faith Community
“God has brought a strategic new resource to Richmond in Hillside Mission.
I have found the team at Hillside to have the rare combination of youthful zeal with knowledgeable experience. These two characteristics make them not only a joy to work with but incredibly helpful in the arena of global missions. I highly recommend them to you as a resource for global trips, cross-cultural training, and global consultation. We are honored at Commonwealth Chapel to be partnering with them!”
Rev. Dr. Robert Rhoden
Senior Pastor – Commonwealth Chapel (A.G.)
New Hope Haiti Mission
Port au Prince, Haiti
I am writing this letter as a wholehearted endorsement and recommendation for the Hillside Mission team. After the earthquake in Port au Prince in January of this year, there were literally hundreds of groups offering to come help and serve. This was overwhelming; most church groups mean well, but actually require a lot of work on our side since we have to usually handle the logistics of their trip, and handhold them through most projects. When Hillside offered to send a team down to assist us, I was immediately interested. We accepted their offer based on their missions experience, their focus on cross cultural frontier missions, and their intense commitment to using each opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ.
As they prepared to send the team, I was so impressed by how much organization was going into the trip. They had planned educational classes, art classes, and other activities for not just our children, but for our staff as well. Being so busy with other projects at the time, I did not have to do a thing. They took the project very seriously, and came up with innovative ideas that I would never have thought of.
Once in Haiti, they were well received by our director, staff and children. They so well integrated within our orphanage, jumping right into the mix of work and school, that our staff instantly loved them. The children were wowed by the unique projects and games, and our staff loved that they took interest in their work. This sort of hands on, caring concert for everyone was special, which is saying a lot for a group that hosts other teams constantly.
Our director constantly asks for Hillside to come back, raving about how good they were, and how much he enjoyed each one of them. I don’t know if I have heard him make this request of another team before. I understand his sentiment though, they didn’t come to us requiring more work of us as they come to ‘help’ us, Hillside truly served our ministry as faithful, mature, joy-filled Christians that were prepared and ready to work. After their trip to Haiti, they continue help us in numerous ways.
Beyond just being great missionaries, they have become good friends. I cannot recommend Hillside enough. Their heart is missions, their vision is discipleship, and their heart is the gospel of Jesus Christ; all of this they do by faith and with joy. I would be thrilled to see my own children one day serving in this small but powerful ministry.
New Hope Haiti Mission