Virtual Mission Trip

Click on the Zoe Empowers Logo to watch a short video about our Virtual Mission Trip coming up on January 19, 20 and 21 from 8am to 9:30am.  Then scroll down to learn more about each day.  

With ZOE Empowers (Zoe Empowers – Empowering Children to Move Beyond Charity) as our guide, pack your bags for a virtual trip to Rwanda, India, and Kenya!  Glimpse the kingdom of God with orphaned and vulnerable children around the world lifting themselves permanently out of poverty.  

What does this unique travel experience include?  


  • Day 1 on January 19 at 8:00 a.m.:  Visit Rwanda with Epiphanie Mujawimana, founder of Zoe’s empowerment program and manager of Zoe Rwanda.  Listen in wonder as Epiphanie describes Zoe’s genesis out of tragedy and how this movement of God began.  You will be amazed by what orphaned children in Rwanda are capable of with just a little support.

  • Day 2 on January 20 at 8:00 a.m.:  Travel to the exotic location of India and speak with Nani Chintala, manager for Zoe Vizag, India. This is the location of our Lake Deaton Empowerment Group called Shining Stars.  See God at work in urban slums of India.  
  • Day 3 on January 21 at 8:00 a.m.:  Explore a Kenyan village with Reegan Kaberia, Zoe’s chief program officer and manager of Zoe Kenya.  Hear directly from the incredible boys and girls in Zoe’s program.  Be inspired by the triumph of the human spirit in God’s hands. Also learn how your gifts and skills can be used by God to change the world for these young people.

         Each day, through the magic of ZOOM, we will have the opportunity to connect with our ZOE partners. If you          would like to join this exciting journey from your own home, please call the church office 352.571.4665 or email Jonathan Baker or Donna Baker to register and receive the link for the ZOOM call.


Lake Deaton congregation has supported two Empowerment Groups in India: Light Born in Chennai and Shining Stars in Vizag.  In 2021, Lake Deaton will join Community U.M. Church in sponsoring another Empowerment group in Vizag.  Click on this link for additional information in preparation for your mission journey! Zoe Empowers – Empowering Children to Move Beyond Charity