"Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God." (2 Cor 8:1-5)
What an amazing example of sacrificial giving! When we think of mission work, we think about bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to "all nations". This message of love and sacrifice is often best displayed by rolling up your sleeves and working side-by-side with other Christians to accomplish some work. When we can do this for brothers far less fortunate than we are, it is amazing how God blesses the work. We have planned and participated in numerous missions including trips to Mexico, Honduras, and Haiti. Some of the early trips were to build homes for needy families. On other trips, we have helped sister congregations in Mexico construct meeting places for the local church, or fed the hungry at a dump in Honduras where people scavenge for anything of value that can help them purchase food or other necessities.  Congregations throughout the Northeast participate in these trips which further strengthens our bond in Christ.