Mission To Guinea JuNE 23 - July 1

At Common Ground, our mission is to connect people to the abundant life only found through an abiding relationship with Christ Jesus. We believe this includes going and making “disciples of all nations” as we have been commissioned to do in Matthew 28:18-20. But “how then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news’!” (Romans 10:14-16). The Gospel truly is the good news our world desperately needs to hear, so we invite you to be part of what God is doing through Common Ground to reach those who have never heard the name of Jesus. We invite you, through prayer and giving, to send these beautiful feet to the ends of the earth for His glory and our joy. To find out more about this mission and our partners click here.


Hello, we are Ezra and Hunter Jones, we are so excited that God has called us to Guinea this summer! We just got married in October and while dating we both shared a heart for ministry, specifically missions and kids. Now that we are married, we are able to share these callings together. We both live our lives for the Lord, we love to serve and pour into others. We had been praying for opportunities for the Lord to use us, so when presented with the opportunity to go to Africa we were both intrigued. Ezra had spent a semester in Ghana in college and had a desire to return to Africa. Hunter has had a desire to go on a mission trip for years. We had plans for a honeymoon this summer, but after careful prayer and consideration it was clear that God was calling us to Guinea. We are excited to be used by the Lord while we are there and it is our desire that Hunter’s medical training and Ezra's camp ministry experience  will be useful in the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Guinea. While on this trip we are looking forward to being involved in this type of ministry together and experiencing God’s work in another country. We hope that this trip grows us closer to God and that He will open our eyes to the ways that he is working all over the world and it will equip us for future ministry back home. We hope to be a part of the call to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). We want to see God move in Africa and see disciples be made. We hope to be Christ-like representatives to those we meet, to have open hearts to what God is saying to us and not shy away from divine opportunities. We pray that God will open our eyes to what He wants to lead us to do when we return back home and have us continue to be faithful missionaries in America. We are excited with what God is doing in our lives and excited for what God is going to do in Africa! We are extremely blessed and honored that God has called us to Guinea to be missionaries this summer. “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

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Karen and Lisa Aleman

Missions have been close to my heart since high school when my church youth group took trips to Mexico, and then later I spent a summer in Mexico City through Latin American Missions. During these trips God used the interactions between different cultures and languages in special ways to touch the lives of host communities as well as the visiting missionaries. His presence was tangible, faith and hope grew, and needs were met. It was humbling and perspective altering to serve people who had far less than I do, and yet had something to teach me about generosity and what is truly important in life. It will be a privilege to serve in Guinea this summer with my daughter, Lisa. We pray that Jesus uses us as His hands and feet as we serve the people of Conakry, and that we are able to share the hope we have in Him.  

Hey there! My name is Lisa and I'm currently studying environmental science at UNR. I grew up going to church, but now that I'm older I've had the chance to make my faith my own. I've had a lot of challenging life circumstances, but through them God has shown me his goodness, unconditional love and grace, and that he is our hope. Lately, God has really put the state of our broken world on my heart. He's told me it's time to go and share his love and hope with the rest of the world. It will be the greatest privilege of my life thus far to go to Guinea and do just that. I think and pray about this trip every single day and I am so excited to go.

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Laura Harwood

I feel called to go on this trip to Guinea because I have been feeling tugging on my heart for a long time to go to Africa to love on children.  I have said yes to this call before but the trip ended up getting canceled.  This opportunity to go to Guinea with my Common Ground family means I have another opportunity to say yes to God’s call and the tugging I feel in my heart. I hope God has his way in me in Guinea and his light and love flows through me to bring joy and hope to those around me for his glory and only his glory.  I want to surrender completely to his will and trust him to show me something new and fresh as I serve. I hope God will take my hand and help me be brave as I follow his lead.

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The Carpenters

5 of the Carpenters are heading to Guinea in June on a short term missions trip through Common Ground Church. Derrick, Kallie, Lydia, Kayla, and Elyce will be visiting a missionary located in Conakry, Guinea and serving with local ministries and churches to bring the good news of Jesus Christ. We are blessed as a family to have children who know and love Jesus and desire to serve Him in their daily lives. This will be an opportunity for us to stretch our faith muscles and let God work through us in a fresh and unique way. Not only do we look forward to our own faith and commitment to Jesus grow, we look forward seeing God at work in a very different culture and society than our own.
What Will We Do?

The missionary we will serve with is Joanna with Envision Guinea. We love Joanna and the organization she is with because their philosophy of ministry is to partner with local churches and local pastors rather than replace them or compete with them. That means whomever may be exposed to Jesus through our efforts will have a local congregation that can serve and disciple them. The city we are going to has 2 million residents who mostly live in extreme poverty. We will help provide eye glasses to those who need them as well as serve in a youth center. We know that our girls will enjoy serving kids and looking for opportunities to share about Jesus. The home that the missionaries live in is a blessing, but poorly constructed creating unnecessary headaches. Derrick is hoping to be able to make their life better and free them up for ministry by fixing or updating whatever the home needs.

About Guinea -
Guinea is a country in West Africa with rampant poverty and spiritual need. The primary beliefs lean toward Islam and Animism. Animism is the belief that there are many spirits, most of them malevolent, and they need to be appeased in order for life to go well. There is such freedom when they learn that there is one Spirit Who is the Master of all, is good, and loves them. Surrender to this one true God gives life and freedom from the fears and superstitions and promises eternal life. The best news is that this is actually true, and eternal life is found through what this God has done through His Son Jesus Christ.
Please consider giving to this trip. We pray that those in Guinea will be greatly blessed, and we know that this be another catalyst in the spiritual growth of those going on the trip. This is a big endeavor but we believe that Gods work done God' way never lacks Gods provision.

Prayer -
Pray for God to bolster local ministries in Guinea and that lives will be saved.
Pray that all visas and requirements for travel will come through smoothly.
Pray for the hearts of the Carpenter family that God will prepare them for His service to His glory.
Pray for Jesus to return soon, but that until then we will be found faithful!

If you would like your donation to be tax deductible please follow the link below. Choose the "missions" fund and in the area for notes write "Carpenter Family". Thank you for considering partnering with us as we serve Christ.

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