In the bustling city of Rajahmundry, India, sits a church built from caring hearts and committed funding of the people of Inland Hills Church. It all started a number of years ago with an Operation Christmas Child shoebox that was sent by a little girl in our church… and was received by a little girl in India. An exchange of letters started and before we knew it, our churches were working together.
In 2007, Pastor Andrew and his parents, Pastor Dave and Carol, traveled to India to meet Pastor Joshua where they experienced first-hand the great need in this part of the world. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 tells us to go into all nations and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Through the giving of our church family, we have been able to provide Bibles, bicycles, motor bikes, and a van for village pastors taking the Good News of Jesus Christ into jungle areas and remote villages. We have also purchased gas lanterns and fishing nets, and helped install 20 fresh water wells for village families.
One of our ongoing projects is to provide monthly support to 42 village pastors serving in remote villages. IHC has now helped build 15 churches in India. As God provides, we will continue to build additional churches for those who are currently meeting in thatched huts.
IHC has also purchased land to one day build an orphanage, hospital, chapel, and school. This ministry has grown and multiplied, since we first visited in 2007, through your prayers and giving. Thank you for your heart for the unreached in India.
We will team up with Hands of Mercy to bring help to a community in need. We build parts of two kit-houses here on campus and then take a weekend to travel to Mexico to assemble them. Hands of Mercy works with local pastors in Mexico to select a family who will receive the houses. Individuals, families (ages 6+), or small groups are welcome on these trips. We will stay in ranch bunk houses at Rancho Casitas (with showers and flushing toilets) and we will build in Paraiso. Passports are required. Cost of the trip is $225 per individual or $600 per immediate family of 3 or more. This includes food and lodging at Rancho Casitas, plus the cost of materials to build and transport the houses.
Each year, our team is made up of individuals of all ages, interested in making a difference in our world. If you have any questions or are interested in joining our team, download the information packet below. Find dates and additional details for our next trip on our Events page.
Recent Trips: Feb 2019, Nov 2018, May 2018, May 2017, Feb 2016, Feb 2015, Feb 2014, Feb 2013
Once a year, a team from IHC travels to the south coast of Guatemala. During this trip, we’ll visit a different village each day. We will share God’s love through programs for children, we’ll take part in local church services and share our stories, and we’ll feed and entire village during our stay.
Each year, our team is made up of individuals of all ages, interested in making a difference in our world. If you have any questions or are interested in joining our team, you may find dates and additional details for our next trip on our Events page here.
Prior Trips: July 2017, July 2016, July 2015, July 2014, July 2013
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has delivered more than 124 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 150 countries and territories. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational, Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The gift you provide will bring smiles to a child and will be an opportunity for believers in their own community to tell that child about Jesus. (Certain guidelines must be followed.) A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal.
Because of one shoebox in 2006, IHC was able to partner with our sister church in India, now helping to plant churches in multiple villages and spread the gospel of Jesus. We collect shoebox gifts during the month of November each year. IHC also serves as an approved Collection Center of the Chino Valley. Year-round volunteers are needed. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, contact Sue Burman (909.223.6270).
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and is the fastest growing crime in the world. It fuels the growth of organized crime, undermining health, safety, security, and the basic needs of humanity. And it isn’t just in other countries! Statistics show that thousands of victims are trafficked into and throughout the U.S., many of whom are children. Join the fight against human trafficking. For more information, contact Judy Van Zitteren (909) 638-3933.