Mission Trips


Come experience what God is doing in the Central Congo Episcopal Areas of the United Methodist Church, and be the hands and heart of Christ. We'll visit and work in various mission projects in the central Congo Area primarily in Kinshasa, and the remote villages of Diengenga and Lodja. Be ready for God to transform your life as you care for others.  

Projected Date: January 18 - Februarry 2, 2023 Projected Cost: $4000 - $5000 (includes international travel, domestic travel, accommodations and food, interpreters.) Does not include spending money, expenses for Passport, Visa, Immunizations, and tips while traveling.


ZOE Empowers (zoeempowers.org) is one of Lake Deaton’s global mission projects and represents thousands of orphans and vulnerable children in India in the slums of Chennai and Vizag. Every day, through our prayers and financial support of this ministry, we help ZOE bring these children to Jesus for the healing of scars of a life that has been cruel; strengthen and empower them to move beyond poverty and to know they are a precious child of God who stand on their feet and move forward to accomplish their dreams.

Trip Dates: January 23rd - February 1, 2023 Cost: $1,390, plus airfare, and payment would be due three months before the trip. Trip fee does not include immunizations or pre-flight expenses.

Contact Jonathan: jonbaker@comcast.net or Donna Baker: donnaapn@comcast.net

Serve Globally

  • ZOE Empowers

    A Ministry with orphans in India

    Through the ministry ZOE Empowers, Lake Deaton sponsors 3 Empowerment Groups in Vizag, India. First, Shining Stars includes about 85 children from ages 12-20 divided into 32 households with many younger children living with them. Then, we also co-sponsor two other Empowerment Groups: Unbeatables with Community U.M. Church, and Life Creators with Tuscawilla U.M. Church. 

    Zoe reaches out in love to orphans and all vulnerable children and those wishing to partner with them, regardless of their belief, so they may experience the love of God with physical, social, psychological, and spiritual healing. Self-sustainability is a primary goal for ZOE , “helping children never need charity again.”

    Update: Our Light Born group, from Chennai, graduated! 

    Click here for the Shining Stars update!

    Click here for the Unbeatables update!

    Click here for Life Creators update!

  • congo partnership

    Lake Deaton, through retired Global Ministries Missionaries Donna & Jonathan Baker and the Congo Partnership, provides support for agriculture and nutrition programs and the digging of freshwater wells in the remote poverty-stricken areas of central Congo. 

  • Operation Christmas Child (Shoebox)

    Collecting toys and school supplies and toiletries for children around the world in need through Samaritan’s Purse. This collection begins in October so that the children can receive the boxes by Christmas.