Going in to all the world and making disciples wasn't merely a suggestion. So here at LPC–Ignite we integrate the intercultural conversation into all of our courses of study. Our goal is to build faith, strengthen knowledge, and equip our students with practical tools — all from a biblical worldview — to better prepare them for their role in the great commission. Our annual May Ignite Mission Trips involve a little over half of our student body. As you read below you'll discover the lifetime impact these trips have on the teams. We are so thankful to our many families, friends and partners who have prayed for and contributed toward sending Ignite students into all the world.
— Dr. Mike Larkin
The Alaska trip was probably one of the most challenging yet rewarding things I have ever done. The culture was very different from anything I had ever experienced before. You could tell that the culture was extremely damaged by the church. I had never experienced so many people at one time who had been hurt by the church. It was hard not being able to evangelize through words, but I think our team did an amazing job of being the hands and feet of Jesus through our physical labor. The natives were so thankful for the work we put in. They were so appreciative that we cared about restoring their culture and building relationships rather than preaching to them. That was what made it all worth it in the end!
— Jonathan Barnes
When I arrived in Ireland, I thought that my experiences were going to be the exact same as when I went last year; I was wrong. When I stepped onto the streets of Galway, there was a sort of buzz in the air full of excitement; everyone was outside enjoying the sunshine and the buskers were in the streets performing. This is Galway!
The first few days were full of rest and tours around the neighboring cities. The team had a history lesson about the culture of Ireland as well as seeing the beauty it holds. We began serving: picking up rubbish, painting over graffiti, etc. and we would get responses such as, ‘Thanks a million!’ or ‘Fair play.’ It wasn’t until towards the middle of the trip that there was a shift in the air- the depression was setting in and we could feel it. I talked with a few locals and could hear the hurt in their voices from the oppression their ancestors dealt with from neighboring countries, and it was hard for me to deal with because I wanted to take the hurt away. In a way, I felt useless but I knew that what I was doing what helping the Kingdom advance; my team and I were planting seeds and even preparing the soil for more seeds to be planted in the future.
I got to see the beauty of Ireland and learn more about the history, but I also felt the hurt of the past weighing down on the people. It was informative for me to learn about the hurt that the people of Ireland had faced, but it was eye-opening to see it first hand from the people with their words and actions. Overall, my experience was amazing and I can’t wait to go back again!
— Sivonna Stringham
I am so grateful. My heart will never be the same after experiencing this. A culture so different than my own & so beautiful. My worldview rocked. The joy, the hope in the most hopeless situations, holding the hand of a child desperate for love & affection, falling in love with people in a way I didn't even know was possible, and learning from them hospitality & thankfulness. These memories & lessons I will cherish forever. I am forever marked by Kenya, Africa.
— Hailey Graven
Our time in Nicaragua was very fruitful, from ministering in local churches, to working with underprivileged kids, and even continuing to build relationships in Nicaragua. It was a whirlwind of loving people and working hard, It was also very stretching for the team, some of us having to preach for the first time, speak in our limited Spanish, or experience poverty like we’ve never seen. For me personally, it was both challenging and rewarding to go back to Nicaragua, after spending four months in an internship there last year. I was able to use what I learned last year to lead the team better and even take a larger part on the coordination and administration side of things. It was cool to see God work through the gifts and even experiences He gave me, as well as work through my weaknesses as I grew in my leadership. This is true for me personally and for the whole team as we learned about selflessness, cross cultural understanding, and vulnerability. All in all, God worked in and through everyone there, both from the United States and from Nicaragua.
— Bethany Yeager
Making a return trip to St. Croix was absolutely phenomenal. When partaking in short term missions the true impact is seen when return trips are made. When you see someone’s face light up because you came back to see them again - that’s when the impact becomes real! I had multiple interactions like this which was the true highlight of the trip for me; being able to dive in deeper and strengthen the connections I had made on previous trips.
— Jacob DePriest